Mary Katharine Ham talks CNN suspension: ‘I wasn’t allowed to talk about Jeffrey Toobin’s penis’

Mary Katharine Ham was suspended by CNN with allegedly no notice over a remark concerning the network’s infamous masturbator, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who was caught during a work Zoom video pleasuring himself.

The outspoken pundit wholeheartedly “rejects” that “this is the one penis I’m not allowed to talk about” after CNN basically pigeon-holed her following a tweet criticizing its handling of the masturbation scandal.

“As a woman in media, I have been asked to comment on every errant penis in the media industry, and there are so many,” Ham told Kelly during the interview on her podcast “The Megyn Kelly Show.”

Ham didn’t get into whom she was referring to specifically but there have been a number of huge scandals involving media moguls concerning sexual misconduct, including Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Charlie Rose.

(Video Credit: Megyn Kelly)

“For the past five years, sometimes to the exclusion of all the other things I’d like to talk about like tax policy, health policy, and foreign policy, yet I do it because it’s the right thing to do, even though it can be a little humiliating to be on TV talking about nothing but errant penises of your colleagues,” Ham said in the Friday interview.

“I reject that this is the one penis that I’m not allowed to talk about,” she asserted.

Ham pointed out that if it had been a woman pleasuring herself in public, it would have ended her career.

“I wouldn’t have been rehabilitated from something like this… I would not have a career after that… ” she told Kelly.

This interview follows a blog post by Ham on her Substack page where she accused CNN’s then-president, Jeff Zucker, of deep-sixing her for months without informing her that she was being punished over a Twitter exchange with a network colleague in January.

That tweet was in response to New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman’s tweet taking issue with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ argument that the media didn’t adequately cover the 2017 shootings of Republican lawmakers playing a baseball game. Ham charged that if Democrats had been targeted, the media would have given it far more attention.

When her CNN colleague Andrew Kaczynski objected, Ham tweeted that he “got jack to say about Cuomo and Toobin, but gotta fact-check me when he’s got nothing.”

Ham proceeded to tweet that Toobin “jacked off in front of female colleagues” while Cuomo “violated every conflict of interest rule in journalism, lied about it, and got fired.”

“I suppose some might reasonably conclude that critiquing CNN’s coverage in a factual and calm tweet, or arguing with Kaczynski, could have spurred some disciplinary action, as it violates the rule against ‘shooting inside the tent’ among colleagues,” Ham stated. “But it turns out that didn’t do me in.”

“Rather, I’m told, ‘when it got to the comments about Jeffrey Toobin … everyone wanted a bit of a breather,’” she recounted.

What evidently rankles her the most is that her suspension is similar to what was given to Toobin for being caught masturbating. Zucker allegedly kept her off the air for seven months over the dust-up.

“One month was the difference between punishment for jacking off at work versus commenting on the inadvisability of jacking off at work,” Ham noted on her blog.

She commented that no one at the network even bothered to tell her that she was being punished until she recently met with Zucker’s successor, Chris Licht, who offered her an opportunity to return to the network.

“I was never informed of my punishment until it was rescinded recently by new management,” Ham wrote, adding, “No one called me or my representation about it.”

“There was no announcement of a suspension, or notification of in-house disciplinary action, which I would have preferred, even welcomed by comparison to serving a secret sentence,” she wrote on Substack.

Ham is well-known in media circles and has been a contributor to Townhall Magazine and The Federalist. She has made appearances on ABC’s “The View” as well.

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