“According to sources, Toobin was seen masturbating in what was supposed to be a 10-minute ‘strategy session’ … “
Fox News – CNN’s go-to media reporter Brian Stelter has been widely criticized for not offering up the full story about his network colleague Jeffrey Toobin, who was swept up in a Zoom masturbation scandal Monday.
Vice broke the news that The New Yorker magazine had suspended Toobin — also CNN’s star legal analyst — over an alleged incident that involved nudity during a Zoom call with colleagues at the magazine and members of WNYC radio. Vice later reported that two sources said Toobin was seen masturbating on the call.
Stelter, however, offered a peculiar description of the alleged self-pleasuring:
“Jeffrey Toobin has been sidelined at a pivotal moment in the run-up to the presidential election. The reason: He exposed himself during a Zoom call with New Yorker colleagues in what he says was an accident. Here’s our full story.”
Neither the CNN article nor Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” nightly media newsletter mentioned the fact that Toobin was accused of masturbating on the Zoom call.
Critics piled on Stelter, who is widely known as the media’s “hall monitor,” for his failed attempt to summarize the CNN controversy.
“Dude, the only ‘accident’ was that he got caught. You don’t ‘accidentally’ start jacking off during a video chat,” Daily Wire senior editor Emily Zanotti told Stelter.
“Imagine a news org framing the Toobin scandal this way (saying he was ‘sidelined’ for an ‘accident,’ not suspended for sexual misconduct), and then ask yourself if you’d believe anything else that news org reported. Anything at all. You would not, and should not,” The Federalist political editor John Daniel Davidson similarly expressed.
“I appreciate your clarifying ‘OUR full story’, which tacitly acknowledges that CNN is not giving its readers the TRUE story. Namely that one of its chief legal analysts was masturbating on a live Zoom call with women present,” said “Louder with Crowder” host Steven Crowder, calling out Stelter’s masturbation omission … Read more.