Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who was caught on video masturbating during an election simulation Zoom call, is now shockingly returning to CNN as if nothing ever happened.
Social media had a meltdown after he called the embarrassing incident “deeply moronic and indefensible.”
CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota interviewed Toobin as he returned to the air on Thursday: “I feel like we should address what’s happened in the months since we’ve seen you.” And then said: “To quote Jay Leno, ‘What the hell were you thinking?’”
Toobin then began apologizing for his reprehensible behavior: “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 confessed to Camerota.
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“I have tried, and I am trying now, to say how sorry I am, sincerely, in all seriousness. Above all, I am sorry to my wife and to my family but I am also sorry to the people on the Zoom call, I’m sorry to my former colleagues at the New Yorker, I’m sorry to my current, fortunately, still colleagues at CNN and I’m sorry to the people who read my work and who watched me on CNN and who thought I was a better person than this,” Toobin groveled.
After the disgraced pundit was investigated for three weeks by The New Yorker’s parent company Condé Nast, he was terminated. Toobin had been with the media outlet for 27 years as a staff writer. He also requested a leave of absence at CNN, which was granted.
Evidently, Toobin does not feel that masturbation and exposing himself justified his firing. He told Camerota that he felt his punishment by The New Yorker was “excessive” and then gushed that he was “incredibly grateful to CNN for taking me back.”
“I’m trying to become the kind of person people can trust again,” Toobin claimed. “I am a flawed human being that makes mistakes … It was wrong, it was stupid and I’m trying to be a better person.”
He also asserted that he has spent the last seven months being “miserable.” Then he tried to somehow claim that he had done penance by saying that he went to therapy and that he is writing a new book. He also put out there that he worked at a food bank and did public service to make amends.
“I live in the world. I know social media, what the reactions are likely to be,” he said concerning his reemergence at CNN. “I hope they will at least be mixed.”
CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter announced that Toobin is returning to the network as a chief legal analyst. Stelter stated that some of CNN’s hosts and anchors “expressed a desire to have Toobin back on their shows since he has been a leading legal voice on television for decades.”
The liberal network has also made headlines for giving a pass to anchor Chris Cuomo after it surfaced that he had been advising his brother, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, concerning his alleged sexual misconduct. Yet CNN fired Republican contributor Rick Santorum for remarks that he ostensibly made about Native Americans.
Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, scorched CNN for bringing Toobin back: “@CNN always got the perverts back but you smash survivors of sexual assault when they come forward,” Reade tweeted. “Your outlet is misogynistic, xenophobic weaponized arm of the Establishment @TheDemocrats. Hypocrisy & bad taste abounds.” CNN allegedly pigeon-holed Reade’s story.
This isn’t the only scandal that Toobin has been mired in at CNN. He fathered a child in 2009 with Casey Greenfield, who is the daughter of his onetime CNN colleague Jeff Greenfield.
Toobin reportedly asked Greenfield to get an abortion and then denied the child was his. He was forced to take a DNA test that proved he was, indeed, the father of the child and then was ordered to pay child support.
Twitter exploded over Toobin returning after the latest scandal and CNN was absolutely torched over it:
“This is garbage,” Meghan McCain tweeted. “Why does the media protect these old white male dinosaurs in this industry?”
“No woman on PLANET EARTH would be welcomed back on network tv after being caught masturbating in front of her colleagues,” the co-host of “The View” added. “What does working at a food bank have to do with this?”
“This man must’ve had some dirt on somebody with power ’cause this is just beyond,” former Splinter News journalist Jorge Rivas wrote on Twitter.
At least @CNN is honest now about having no journalistic standards whatsoever.
Such honesty must be freeing! https://t.co/iXklrX7YPu
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) June 10, 2021
Never thought I’d see a network effort to rehabilitate a guy caught yanking it in front of female colleagues, but "this is CNN." https://t.co/wib1ntPwoy
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 10, 2021
You can jerk off in front of coworkers or help your brother cover up sexual harassment allegations and you'll be safe knowing that CNN will still not fire you.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) June 10, 2021
It’s just baffling that Rick Santorum had to go, but Cuomo, after everything he’s done, and Toobin, after what he did, are fine. CNN’s standards are pathetic.
— Scott Whitlock (@ScottJW) June 10, 2021
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