Jeffrey Toobin still employed by CNN and may get yet another chance after scandal
Disgraced talking head Jeffrey Toobin was fired by the New Yorker magazine after he was caught on a Zoom video allegedly pleasuring himself. Toobin also works for CNN who has stayed mum on his employment. Now, it seems, he is still employed by CNN and may unbelievably get a second chance.
The NYT put a spotlight on CNN’s star legal analyst’s fall from grace, hinting that CNN could keep him around despite a history of “pervy’” actions.
Toobin was a staff writer at the New Yorker. The masturbation incident occurred while he was on a Zoom call with colleagues. The Times published an at-length feature on the situation Tuesday headlined, “The Undoing of Jeffrey Toobin,” which details that CNN has not taken any action against its liberal legal analyst.
New York Public Radio also banned Toobin from its airwaves and podcasts, HBO edited him out of a hit TV series, and other projects are in limbo.
CNN is not commenting on the situation even though they just hired Evan Osnos, the network’s newest contributor, who is also a staff writer at The New Yorker and was reportedly an eyewitness to Toobin’s alleged misconduct.
“Three CNN employees say that network president, Jeff Zucker, is a big fan of Mr. Toobin’s and a believer in second chances,” the Times stated.
However, this is not Toobin’s only second chance. He’s had a number of them evidently.
Vice reported in October that Toobin exposed himself to staffers of the New Yorker and members of WNYC radio during a Zoom call earlier this year. The publication then added that, according to two sources, Toobin was seen masturbating during the virtual meeting.
The call was described as an “election simulation,” featured CNN’s Osnos playing Joe Biden, along with other New Yorker writers such as Jane Mayer, Masha Gessen, Andrew Marantz, Jelani Cobb, Sue Halpern, and Dexter Filkins playing various roles in potential 2020 outcomes.
The incident occurred during what was supposed to be a 10-minute “strategy session” among the various role-playing groups. However, the sources told Vice 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,” Vice reported. “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.”
“I was really, truly shocked,” Gessen told the Times.
The NYT has dug up other instances where Toobin “surprised someone in the business with his sexual forwardness,” indicating that pleasuring himself on the Zoom call was not his first incident.
“The magazine journalist Lisa DePaulo said that in 2003 Mr. Toobin asked her out for New Year’s Eve, telling her he’d separated from his wife,” The Times reported. “A few days after accepting, she returned home to a phone message from Mr. Toobin in which, she said, he described in vulgar terms a sex act he planned on enacting with her.”
DePaulo told the Times she played the message for her friends, one of whom confirmed the story, and she considered Toobin “pervy.”
Toobin also had a child with Casey Greenfield when they had an extramarital affair, but failed to mention the widely reported fact that he threatened her to have an abortion.
The Times said that while Toobin has a long history of sexually charged skeletons, “masturbation at a remotely conducted work meeting was a new order of business” for the CNN pundit.
Adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England Law – Boston, Wendy Murphy, called for Toobin to be fired in a column she wrote for the Boston Herald.
“Toobin can now commiserate with Joey Buttafucco [sic] and Anthony Weiner about how crummy it is to have your family name forever associated with bad behavior,” Murphy wrote.
Last month, TheWrap founder and CEO Sharon Waxman wrote that Toobin’s situation “reeks of male privilege” and asked where CNN has been.
“When your job is to weigh facts and render conclusions that shape public opinion, one’s own judgment should matter,” Waxman wrote, noting that CNN has “persistently avoided all questions about his future at the network.”
“The election of Kamala Harris as vice president, the new avalanche of women voted into office, should be a sign that men need to demand more of themselves and their peers. The changes that have come to media and that have surprised the heck out of once-powerful media figures like Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, and Matt Lauer are not going away,” Waxman wrote. “So it’s fair, I think, to demand not just journalistic rigor and accuracy from the powerful people who are privileged to be on the air and in print, but good judgment and, yes, self-discipline.”