The well-known American journalist Jeffrey Toobin, who was fired by the New Yorker magazine after masturbating at a video meeting, is back on television. “I thought no one could see me. Although I know that’s no excuse.”
“What the hell were you doing?”, asks CNN presenter Alisyn Camerota to her colleague Jeffrey Toobin. The journalist, one of the best-known American Legal media analysts, was first suspended last year and then fired by the renowned magazine The New Yorker.
He had worked for that magazine for 27 years, but was discredited after masturbating at a video conference via Zoom. CNN, for which Toobin had been reporting for decades, decided to suspend the journalist. Now he’s back on TV, CNN reports.
“I feel very privileged to be able to try again,” he says in a conversation with Camerota. He describes himself as a ‘flawed man who has made mistakes ‘and calls his behavior ‘deeply moronic and indefensible’.
The past few months have been ‘miserable’, Toobin says. “I do everything I can to become a better person.” In the near future, the journalist will be regularly on CNN again, but he is no longer welcome at the New Yorker.
“During my entire career, there have never been any complaints about me,” Toobin says. “There were never any problems, there was only this one incident.”
He therefore calls it “excessive” that he was fired. “But that’s why they don’t ask the criminal to be the judge in his own case.”
Toobin doesn’t expect everyone to be thrilled to be back on tv. “I know the world, I’m familiar with social media and I can imagine what the reactions will be,” he says. “I hope not everyone feels the same.”