Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin dared to show his face again at CNN. He showed his co-workers at The New Yorker everything else on a Zoom call last year. He had to beat his way back to the CNN news desk after his little “masturbation break” happened to get caught on camera.
Toobin says he’s sorry
For years, Jeffrey Toobin has been one of those on-demand experts who pop up in CNN segments to explain the inner workings of the headlines. His specialty is “legal,” which is probably the biggest reason he has a job to return to.
The liberal network suspended him in October “after he exposed himself on a Zoom call with fellow staffers at The New Yorker last year, a publication he had worked at for 27 years.” He thought he was working for Erika Lust, who encourages her staff to do things like that on the clock.
When he got temporarily banished from the New Yorker for his temporary insanity, “Toobin apologized and said he unintentionally exposed himself to his coworkers during a break on the call.” He meant to be doing what he was doing while they were working but “made an embarrassingly stupid mistake.” He thought his camera was off. It wasn’t.
“I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.” That can’t make the image burned into their brain go away though.
“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.” Wrong, wrong, and wrong again.
CNN couldn’t air the tape but there are lots of websites on the internet that could cash in royally with it. It all depends on the audience and New Yorker Staffers weren’t ready for that kind of video conference. CNN is ready to give Toobin another break, as long as he keeps his pants on.
He’s back at the newsroom
CNN made a big deal about the return of Jeff Toobin. Alisyn Camerota interviewed him about being back as “chief legal analyst at the network,” on her show “CNN Newsroom.” She knew there was a huge elephant in the room. “I feel like we should address what’s happened in the months since we’ve seen you,” she began. “To quote Jay Leno, ‘what the hell were you thinking?'” She didn’t really want the true answer to that question.
She wanted the soothing explanation he did give. “Well obviously I wasn’t thinking very well or very much,” he sheepishly replied. “I thought that I had turned off the Zoom call.” Oops. “Now, that’s not a defense. This was deeply moronic and indefensible, but that is part of the story.”
Toobin whined incessantly at Camerota, assuring her “he has spent the last seven months,” totally “miserable.” Now, he’s trying to “be a better person.” He found Jesus and was saved too, Now everything is alright and everyone can just forget that he’s a pervert.
He’s also in therapy and “trying to do some public service working in a food bank.” He hopes “to become the kind of person that people can trust again.” Trust never, forget maybe.
Camerota was hoping for some boosted ratings so grilled Toobin on “if he has thought about what it must have been like being on the other end of that Zoom call.” Well, the legal analyst admits, they “were shocked and appalled.” He’s talked to some of them since then. “I think they realize that this was not intended for them.” He just couldn’t wait until later.
He admits he’s covered too many politicians caught in scandals to try and defend his actions. He’s not real happy about being fired from the New Yorker but he’s thrilled they don’t have any criminal charges to file against him. “I’ve got a lot to rebuild,” he said. “But I feel very privileged and lucky that I’m going to be able to try and do that.”