I wake up from a nap and have to think about this???
1. Zoom ethics? I don’t understand this story at all.
The New Yorker suspended legal reporter Jeffrey Toobin because he—wait, WHAT?—exposed himself during a Zoom call last week between members of the staff and WNYC radio.
Huh? Toobin has long been one of Ethics Alarms’ least favorite legal commentators dating back to his excuse-making for Bill Clinton during the Monica madness, but I thought he was just despicably biased, not insane. What’s going on here?
Toobin said in a statement: “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers. 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.”.
See you doing what, and why??? Was it a bathroom Zoom call? The New Yorker says: “Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter.” What’s there to investigate? If he exposed himself accidentally, it’s a Zoom mistake, and it should have been ignored and forgotten, because Zoom is evil. EVIL!!!! On the other hand—okay, bad choice of metaphors—If he whipped it out and ran around the room on camera singing “My Ding-a-Ling,” Toobin needs to be hospitalized.
Toobin is also CNN’s chief legal analyst. The network said in a statement, “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”
The story presents me with a professional and ethical challenge. Deep down, I want to laugh my ass off. But that would be wrong, because this could happen to …actually, it couldn’t happen to most people. I still don’t see how it happened to Toobin. Somehow, I can’t picture Jonathan Turley having this problem….
I really don’t understand this story.
2. Never mind. I can’t follow that. In fact, I may be incapacitated for the rest of the day.