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High-profile journo busted masturbating during Zoom meeting with colleagues

A senior media commentator in the United States has been stood down after being caught masturbating on a Zoom call with colleagues.

Jeffrey Toobin, who works as a legal commentator for both The New Yorker and CNN, made the transgression during a virtual election simulation with New Yorker staff.

Toobin has since apologised for the incident, claiming he did not realise his video was on.

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologise to my wife, family, friends and co-workers,” Toobin told Motherboard.

“I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”

The New Yorker confirmed it has suspended Toobin while the matter is investigated.

CNN also released a statement on the matter, saying: “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”

Despite the action against Toobin, many are suggesting it is not strong enough.

Buzzfeed, however, has since published an article, controversially titled ‘Jeffrey Toobin Can’t Be The Only Person Masturbating On Work Zoom Calls’.

“Haven’t we all done something on a work call that, in normal circumstances, we’d never do during a meeting? Let he without sin cast the first stone; the benefit of working from home is in the comfort to do whatever you want,” the article says.

There have, of course, been a raft of memes to emerge from the Toobin affair.

We’ll leave you to sift through those, but will leave you with this one from George Costanza…

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