Zoom meetings are well, zoom meetings. Sometimes they can drag on. You get distracted. If you are left-Wing media scold, Jeffrey Toobin, you decide it’s a good time to ‘Badger the Witness.’ Okay, I’m not sure what an uptight stooge like Toobin calls it, but he got caught pleasuring himself.
Two people who were on the call told VICE separately that the call was an election simulation featuring many of the New Yorker’s biggest stars: Jane Mayer was playing establishment Republicans; Evan Osnos was Joe Biden, Jelani Cobb was establishment Democrats, Masha Gessen played Donald Trump, Andrew Marantz was the far right, Sue Halpern was left wing democrats, Dexter Filkins was the military, and Jeffrey Toobin playing the courts. There were also a handful of other producers on the call from the New Yorker and WNYC.
Both people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely, noted that it was unclear how much each person saw, but both said that they saw Toobin jerking off.
Toobin was the courts so the original “euphemism” suits. And given the purpose of the meeting, I’m sure there’s plenty of people who would agree with his choice of distractions as an appropriate ‘criticism’ of the exercise, intentional or not.
That’s hardly an excuse, but Toobin has one.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends, and co-workers,” he told Motherboard in a statement.
Toobin is also the chief legal analyst for CNN and reportedly appeared on the network Saturday. A CNN spokesperson told Law&Crime that Toobin has requested “some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”
How does that work? He’s in the middle of a zoom call and decides, hey, I think I’ll ‘Polish the Banister!’ No one will know…oops.
But talk about irony.
The New Yorker was presumably paying Toobin to do what is not much different from the other “content” he produces.
But all is not for naught. Given these events, we can only assume CNN will be giving him more air time and possibly his own program. After his “time off” for that personal issue.