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Patteeu Memorial Political Forum>CNN's Jeffrey Toobin addresses Zoom masturbation scandal in awkward return to network
TLO 02:18 PM 06-10-2021
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin returned to the airwaves Thursday for the first time since his embarrassing Zoom masturbation incident in October, thanking the liberal network for not firing him and saying he felt the New Yorker's termination of him was excessive.

Toobin, who was swiftly fired from The New Yorker last year for his conduct, listened as daytime anchor Alisyn Camerota had the painfully awkward "honors" of describing what happened and its consequences. Toobin was witnessed by colleagues exposing himself and masturbating on a staff Zoom call, leading to widespread ridicule of the veteran journalist.

"What the hell were you thinking?" Camerota asked during the in-person interview, not a Zoom one.

"Well, obviously, I wasn't thinking very well or very much, and it was something that was inexplicable to me. I think one point -- I wouldn't exactly say in my defense, because nothing is really in my defense. I didn't think I was on the call. I didn't think other people could see me," he said.

"You thought that you had turned off your camera?" she asked.

"Correct. I thought that I had turned off the Zoom call. Now, that's not a defense. This was deeply moronic and indefensible. But I mean, that is part of the story. And you know, I have spent the seven subsequent months, miserable months in my life, I can certainly confess, trying to be a better person," he said.

Toobin said he had done volunteer work and had repeatedly apologized to his colleagues. He said he felt lucky to still be with CNN, who he first joined in 2002.

Camerota, noting Toobin had covered the "sexual proclivities" of such public figures as Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner, wondered why he hadn't demonstrated better judgment. She also asked how those on the call might have felt to see him exposed like that.

"Because I'm a flawed human being who makes mistakes, and you know, there is no defense for my conduct," he said. "The only issue is what should be the consequences, and the 'New Yorker' made one decision about the consequences. CNN made a different decision, fortunately, for which I'm very grateful, but I am not going to come up here and, you know, split hairs and try to come up with justifications or explanations. It was wrong. It was stupid. And I'm trying to be a better person."

Toobin claimed The New Yorker's investigation before its firing found no other complaints against him, although this wasn't his only sex scandal. Toobin fathered a child in 2009 with Casey Greenfield, the daughter of Toobin's onetime CNN colleague Jeff Greenfield.

Toobin urged Greenfield to have an abortion and was later taken to court after he denied the child was his. Toobin was forced to take a DNA test which proved that he was the child's biological father and was ordered to pay child support.

"Do you think Ö that the punishment fits the crime?" Camerota asked of his firing.

"I am the worst person to ask that question," he said. "I mean, obviously, I love The New Yorker. I loved working there. I felt like I was a very good contributor to that magazine for a very long time, and I thought this punishment was excessive, but look, you know, that's why they don't ask the criminal to be the judge in his own case. I mean, I thought it was an excessive punishment. I'm incredibly grateful to CNN for taking me back."

Toobin eventually addressed Supreme Court issues, including liberal pressure on Justice Stephen Breyer to retire.

"Jeffrey, many of us have really missed having your legal analysis to guide us on our programs, so let me be the first to welcome you back," Camerota said.

"Thank you. It is good to be back, and I hope to be a better person off camera as well as on camera," Toobin said.
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cosmo20002 03:41 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:
If anyone would know, itís you.
Because I can read? The logo is in the bottom corner.
PB zinged me for reading.
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NinerDoug 03:42 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by TLO:
So, he's:

1. Weird;
2. Stupid; and,
3. Fat.

Does he have any redeeming qualities?
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Ninerfan11 04:48 PM 06-10-2021
Libs and neocons REJOICE!!! YOUR BOY IS BACK!!
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Ninerfan11 04:49 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by NinerDoug:
So, he's:

1. Weird;
2. Stupid; and,
3. Fat.

Does he have any redeeming qualities?
you voted for this stuff, congrats. Good goy.
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NinerDoug 04:52 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by Ninerfan11:
you voted for this stuff, congrats. Good goy.
I voted for a media type to beat off during a zoom meeting?

You are as weird as Toobin, my little yellow red-dotted friend.

Not sure which is more sad: your ridiculous posts, or the fact that you are clueless as to how ****ing stupid they are.
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Ninerfan11 05:02 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by Eureka:
They guy owned up to, apologized to everyone, and is trying to learn from this mistake. Everyone makes stupid mistakes which in this case it was. But he isn't acting like Katie Hill and trying to avoid any responsibility.

I can respect his actions afterwards. If he can make fun of himself in future commentary that might add to his shtick.
what
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Ocotillo 05:12 PM 06-10-2021

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TLO 05:22 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by Ocotillo:
:-)

This is great.
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eDave 05:22 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by Eureka:
They guy owned up to, apologized to everyone, and is trying to learn from this mistake. Everyone makes stupid mistakes which in this case it was. But he isn't acting like Katie Hill and trying to avoid any responsibility.

I can respect his actions afterwards. If he can make fun of himself in future commentary that might add to his shtick.
Yes. I'd have crawled in a hole if I did this.
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jdubya 05:38 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by Ocotillo:
I miss Rush
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Katipan 05:41 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by eDave:
Yes. I'd have crawled in a hole if I did this.
If you crawl into a hole you don't have to masturbate as much.
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Just Passin' By 05:51 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by Eureka:
They guy owned up to, apologized to everyone, and is trying to learn from this mistake. Everyone makes stupid mistakes which in this case it was. But he isn't acting like Katie Hill and trying to avoid any responsibility.

I can respect his actions afterwards. If he can make fun of himself in future commentary that might add to his shtick.
:-)

He didn't loosen the salt shaker in the commissary. He was jacking off during a live meeting.
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vailpass 06:10 PM 06-10-2021
I mean, what was so arousing he couldn’t wait until the meeting was over?
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Eureka 06:15 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by Just Passin' By:
:-)

He didn't loosen the salt shaker in the commissary. He was jacking off during a live meeting.
Then CNN decided not to fire him. They are a network going down the crapper so Whatever. He is owning up to his "jacking off during a live meeting" though and I'm just noting that he is facing the music. He's not hiding away like a rat.

Originally Posted by :
"Because I'm a flawed human being who makes mistakes, and you know, there is no defense for my conduct," he said. "The only issue is what should be the consequences, and the 'New Yorker' made one decision about the consequences. CNN made a different decision, fortunately, for which I'm very grateful, but I am not going to come up here and, you know, split hairs and try to come up with justifications or explanations. It was wrong. It was stupid. And I'm trying to be a better person."

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Just Passin' By 06:42 PM 06-10-2021
Originally Posted by Eureka:
Then CNN decided not to fire him. They are a network going down the crapper so Whatever. He is owning up to his "jacking off during a live meeting" though and I'm just noting that he is facing the music. He's not hiding away like a rat.

Do you figure he had more than two choices (1: "face the music", 2: not work) here? He obviously couldn't just hide away like a rat, if he wanted to get paid.

I mean, you're congratulating a man because his greed was greater than his character.
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