CNN Chief Legal Analyst and New Yorker
magazine author Jeffrey Toobin was recently caught masturbating while on a ZOOM
call with his New Yorker magazine colleagues. The New Yorker has suspended
Toobin, while CNN simply says Toobin is taking some time off to attend to a
personal matter. Isn’t attending to a personal matter what got Toobin in
trouble in the first place?
The gals at ABC’s
“The View” helpfully shared their thoughts on the matter. Co-host and
resident attorney Sunny Hostin noted: “If
he were physically in an office at work, this would be
a fireable offense. There would be grounds for termination."
Hostin added, “He was on a virtual work call, but the
argument is he was still at work, right? He was virtually
working, and so, you know, he arguably sexualized his workplace.” Co-host Sara
Haines thought it was hilarious. Joy Behar joked that it couldn’t happen to her
because “I don’t know how to use the technology.” She proceeded to thank Toobin
for giving her something to talk about other than Trump and the coronavirus.
is wrong that kids in online school “classes” have gotten harassed—or worse—for
having a toy gun in view during their ZOOM learning sessions. This is
different. Toobin, the 60-year-old chief legal analyst, should have to face
some consequences for his actions.
Toobin has offered
an apology for inexplicably taking matters into his own hands during a
work-related video conference call. He told something called Motherboard,
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I
apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”
On second thought, maybe we should cut Toobin some
slack. The ZOOM meeting was described as an “election simulation.” He obviously
thought it was an “erection stimulation.” It could happen to any of us,