CNN’s chief legal analyst, and a prominent writer Jeffrey Toobin, was fired from The New Yorker after he accidentally exposed himself to colleagues with the New Yorker and WNYC during a Zoom call.
Jeffrey Toobin is an American lawyer, author, blogger, and former legal analyst for CNN.
Toobin served as an associate counsel in the Department of Justice during the Iran Contra affair. He then shifted from government into writing during the 1990s and wrote for The New Yorker from 1993 to 2020.
Jeffrey Toobin has written several books, including accounts of the O. J. Simpson murder case and the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal. Both books have been adapted for television as FX’s American Crime Story seasons.
Toobin was born in New York City in 1960 and belonged to a Jewish-American family was born New York City. Jeffrey is a son of Marlene Sanders, former ABC News and CBS News correspondent, and Jerome Toobin, a News Broadcasting producer.
Jeffrey attended Columbia Grammar And Preparatory School and then Harvard College for undergraduate studies.
Toobin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history and literature and was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Toobin began freelancing for The New Republic while a law student. After passing the bar, he worked as a law clerk to a federal judge and then as an associate counsel for Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh.
In 2002, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst. On August 12, 2022, Toobin announced through Twitter that he would leave the network after 20 years. His last day on-air was August 4, 2022.
Is Jeffrey Toobin Fired?
Toobin confirmed the news of him being fired on his Twitter, writing, “I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, miss my colleagues, and look forward to reading their work.”
Jeffrey Toobin shared a post on Twitter saying, “Friends, I’ve decided that, after 20 years, I’m leaving CNN after my vacation. It Was great to spend my last day’s journey on air. Love all my former colleagues.”
Toobin was initially suspended after the incident, then fired in November 2020 following an internal investigation into the matter.
Six months later, he resurfaced on CNN to address his firing from The New Yorker and his continued employment at the cable news network.
Why is Jeffrey Toobin leaving CNN?
On October 19, 2020, Toobin was first suspended from The New Yorker. Toobin was masturbating on camera during a Zoom video call between New Yorker and WNYC radio staffers.
Toobin contended that the incident was unintentional and apologized to everybody for his embarrassing, stupid mistake. He also said that he thought he was off camera.
After an internal investigation by the parent organization, New York Public Radio, Conde Nast Toobin was fired from The New Yorker and indefinitely banned Toobin from its broadcasts and podcasts.
Defenders included former New Yorker editor Tina Brown. She said, “27 years of superb reporting and commitment to The New Yorker should have been weighed against an incident that horribly embarrassed the magazine but mostly embarrassed himself.”
Likewise, Author and journalist Malcom Gladwell said he “read the Conde Nast news release, and I was puzzled because I couldn’t find any intellectual justification for what they were doing.”
On June 10, 2021, Toobin returned to CNN as its chief legal analyst. He then described his behavior as “deeply stupid and unjustifiable.” And said, “he thought other people could not see him but admitted that this was no defense for his behavior.
Similarly, He also said the time he spent off air went toward trying to be a better person. Toobin is working on his upcoming book about the Oklahoma City Bombing, doing therapy, and working at a food bank.