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On Wednesday afternoon, The New Yorker did the right thing in formally firing longtime staff writer Jeffrey Toobin for having exposed himself during an early October staff Zoom call simulating Election Day with New York’s NPR affiliate WNYC.
Unfortunately, there was no word on his employment status at CNN (where he's currently on leave) other than an article from conservative media Benedict Arnold Oliver Darcy.
As The New Yorker’s parent company, Condé Nast chief people officer Stan Duncan announced the decision in a staff email: “I am writing to share with you that our investigation regarding Jeffrey Toobin is complete, and as a result, he is no longer affiliated with our company.”
Duncan added that “we take workplace matters seriously,” including “an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct.”
Toobin chimed in on the firing, stating in a tweet:
So, to recap: The New Yorker has made it evident that masturbating on a work call was both inappropriate and a fireable office. But CNN hasn’t. And according to FoxNews.com’s Joseph Wulfsohn (in a piece that this author was quoted in), CNN wasn’t expected to budge.
Until CNN fires chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin for allegedly masturbating on a Zoom call with his New Yorker colleagues, no one should listen to CNN’s condescending and empty platitudes about how Americans must come together, heal, and restore decency.
But tell us more about how Fox News was evil, Jeffrey Zucker minions!