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CNN’s Brian Stelter ripped over tweet about Jeffrey Toobin

Top CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter was ripped on Twitter on Tuesday for what critics called his side-stepping explanation of colleague Jeffrey Toobin’s online-masturbation scandal.

“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,’’ tweeted Stelter, host of the cable network’s show “Reliable Sources.’’

“Here’s our full story,” Stelter wrote, including a link to CNN’s take on Toobin’s alleged spectacularly icky moment on a Zoom call with notable New Yorker writers such as himself and WNYC public radio workers last week.

In addition to being a star staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, Toobin is CNN’s chief legal analyst.

Twitter user Irritated Furiosa fired back at Stelter, “Except he didn’t accidentally jerk off during a work meeting; he just ‘accidentally’ let people see it. During a work meeting. He *intentionally* jerked off during a work meeting. On the clock. While looking at his colleagues. THAT is the problem, not the ‘accidental’ exposure.”

Another user with the handle Trump is a Super-Spreader added, “Toobin was in a work situation. His behavior was completely inappropriate and borders on predatory. He needs to be more than side-lined. He should be fired.”

Toobin admitted to the Web site Vice, which first reported the seamy Zoom failure Monday, “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera.

“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,” he said.

Toobin has since been suspended by The New Yorker and taken “leave” from CNN.


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