During her chat with Toobin, Camerota said, “Jeffrey, many of us have really missed having your legal analysis to guide us on our programs.” We have no reason to doubt Camerota’s sincerity here. Whether it was Trump’s norm-breaking approach to the Justice Department, major criminal cases or high-stakes battles at the Supreme Court, Toobin has been a TV legal analyst without peer — a guy who eschews legal jargon in favor of plain-language blasts of wisdom. CNN’s coverage of the absurd legal challenges to the 2020 presidential election as well as the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would have benefited from Toobin’s input.
And yet, so what? Organizations must occasionally find a way forward without a star contributor. That’s what the New Yorker did, in a decision that was punctuated with this line from Stan Duncan, chief people officer for the media company Condé Nast: “I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously. We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct.” The New Yorker conducted an investigation of Toobin’s history at the magazine, and Toobin told Camerota that it found no complaints outside of his Zoom indiscretion. During his interview on CNN Thursday, Toobin called the New Yorker punishment “excessive.” Maybe he would have accepted a warning or a suspension.
Alas, progressive discipline wasn’t invented for on-the-job masturbators.
Erik Wemple in THE WASHINGTON POST.