Move over, Anthony Weiner, there’s a new — wait — let’s put it this way: The king of self-beclowners just got some company, in the personage of none other than CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
Let the jokes begin. Again.
As reported by the New York Post, Toobin, who also writes for the New Yorker, exposed himself on a Zoom call — and has now been suspended from the magazine, according to a Monday report.
Vice reported the news on Monday a bit more “to the point.”
The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin for masturbating on a Zoom video chat between members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio last week.
Toobin says he did not realize his video was on.
As Vice put it, “the call was an election simulation featuring New Yorker all-stars.” (Yes, I had to read that twice, as well.)
Fox News reported:
According to two sources, Toobin was seen masturbating in what was supposed to be a 10-minute “strategy session” along party lines, but that it “seemed like Toobin was on a second video call.”
“The sources said that when the groups returned from their breakout rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued,” Vice reported.
Not a good look, Jeff. Not a good look at all.
CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin suspended by New Yorker over alleged nudity on Zoom call https://t.co/iRnw1Qy2r1
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 19, 2020
Toobin told Vice in a statement:
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends, and co-workers. I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”
He thought he had “muted the Zoom video”? I gotta go with Buck Sexton, on this one.
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) October 19, 2020
CNN said that Toobin “asked for some time off” from his analyst role.
“Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” the network said in a statement.
What to say…
These things are tricky. On one hand, Jeffrey Toobin obviously has a few issues. Muted Zoom video or not, c’mon Jeff.
Same thing with Anthony Weiner. It’s easy as heck to ridicule these guys — so many puns, so little time — but on the other hand, again, the issues. Particularly for their loved ones.
Besides, “Weinergate” just rolls off the tongue, right? But “Toobingate”? That one’s gonna need some work.
BTW, Guess who’s going to have fun with this, tonight?
JUST IN: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin ‘Suspended’ from New Yorker Mag for Exposing Himself During Zoom Call https://t.co/pSgF8DbDSA
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 19, 2020
My tendency is to go after the guy, principally because he’s the hood ornament of CNN’s legal commentary against all-things Donald Trump, as illustrated in this July article by my colleague Shipwreckedcrew. Jeffrey Toobin’s Turn To Get His Ears Boxed For Dishonesty About The Roger Stone Commutation.
On the other hand, even if begrudgingly, Toobin has sometimes admitted when he’s been wrong.
One case in point is my colleague Sister Toldjah’s February article titled CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Gets an Earful After Admitting He Feels ‘Snookered’ by Fraudster Michael Avenatti.
One thing I do know for sure. Somewhere, tonight, Anthony Weiner is smiling. Or perhaps reminiscing. One never knows with Anthony.
Either way. Guys. C’mon. Stop it.