Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Media Shows Its True #MeToo Colors

 

Remember all of the lectures we were the recipients of during the #MeToo era from Hollywood and our media betters? Hollywood, you know, the place where Harvey Weinstein was on the prowl; and the media, where folks like Jeffrey Toobin were still well respected after … well, I’ll let the Daily Mail tell it:

Toobin has been married to his Harvard classmate Amy McIntosh for 34 years. They have two daughters. But that didn’t stop him having a decade-long on-off affair with 13-years-younger fellow lawyer Casey Greenfield.

Greenfield got pregnant in 2008 and her lover immediately questioned whether he was the parent, balking at taking a paternity test.

When she refused his money for an abortion, he made a counteroffer to ‘swap’ pregnancies — if she agreed to terminate her pregnancy he would pay for her to have a child with a sperm donor.

But Greenfield, who was 35 at the time, decided to go ahead and have the baby boy, whom she called Rory. On the day she gave birth she emailed Toobin, inviting him to meet his son. He didn’t reply.

Greenfield then sued her lover for child support, according to The New York Times. The case dragged through the courts for two years with Toobin contesting many aspects of his ex’s case.

Now, Toobin is under fire for pleasuring himself on a work Zoom call when he claims to think he was on mute and off-screen.

Let’s be straight here: In any other job except media, Toobin would have been (rightly!) been fired on the spot.

Imagine how uncomfortable any female (or male, for that matter) colleague will feel interacting with Toobin in any capacity moving forward. Consider for a moment if you believe Toobin to have been a genuinely pleasant and safe person to work with if this is the behavior he engages in. Well, none of that matters, because nothing matters.

Remember this the next time the media breathlessly reports on the moral corruption of… anyone, really. Stones and glass houses, and all.

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  1. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    Bethany Mandel: Remember this the next time the media breathlessly reports on the moral corruption of… anyone, really. Stones and glass houses, and all.

    This is why I ignore Charlie Sykes’ whining about the President’s character. Sykes has no fixed principles. But he does have sex scandals.

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    • October 20, 2020, at 5:57 PM PDT
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  2. David Foster Member
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    I will note again that CNN is a subsidiary of AT&T.

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    • October 20, 2020, at 6:02 PM PDT
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  3. Goldgeller Member

    This was well said. My issue was that the excuses that offered tended to be extremely lazy and– the kicker– premised around the idea that what Toobin did wasn’t so bad because its something other people do. So instead of grappling with the fact that Toobin really messed up, it was “hey, you all probably aren’t even better.” That is what got me. 

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    • October 20, 2020, at 6:06 PM PDT
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  4. Richard Easton Member

    Toobin also absurdly stated that the accusation against Kavanaugh was substantiated. He’s either too dumb or too ignorant to be a reporter.

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    • October 20, 2020, at 6:15 PM PDT
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  5. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Bethany,

    Remember Lord Acton. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Toobin is a major news personality. Casey Greenfield is the daughter of another major news personality Jeff Greenfield. Now imagine a world where the maxim “the facts don’t matter only the narrative matters” is in control. This bizarre idea gives almost absolute power to a major news personality. The discipline of being beholden to plebian things like facts has been removed. Now if you can spin a hot narrative you are as a Gd.

    Let’s skip the liberal babble bs and cut to the chase. He used Casey, got her pregnant, then tried to dispose of her on the cheap. However, in the world of major news personalities who are the keepers of the narrative the facts don’t matter. That Toobin is an irresponsible rat didn’t even dent his career a little. Now he is a grotesque sex addict and perhaps even that won’t get him fired.

    Just another day in woke wonderland.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • October 20, 2020, at 6:15 PM PDT
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  6. Old Bathos Moderator

    I don’t get the “too valuable” part. DC is full of self-promoting left wing lawyers who once worked briefly for important people and who would kill to get paid to pontificate sloppily about how evil Republicans are.

    Toobin wrote an autobiographical account of having been a spear carrier on the staff of a special counsel. That was widely regarded as incredibly presumptuous as another former special counsel of my acquaintance told me. There are thousands of young lawyers who have worked for famous lawyers who handled big cases or for congressmen and senators making important decisions. That kind of experience alone is a privilege and a big resume plus but does not make one a senior legal and political pundit. 

    And “too valuable” to practice minimal self-control or develop any analytic depth. What a joke.

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    • October 20, 2020, at 6:35 PM PDT
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  7. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Hysterical arguments defending Toobin on Twitter saying variations on “Everybody does it!” No. They do not.

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    • October 20, 2020, at 7:13 PM PDT
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  8. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    Goldgeller (View Comment):
    This was well said. My issue was that the excuses that offered tended to be extremely lazy and– the kicker– premised around the idea that what Toobin did wasn’t so bad because its something other people do. So instead of grappling with the fact that Toobin really messed up, it was “hey, you all probably aren’t even better.” That is what got me.

    These media types are all sick perverts, so to make themselves feel better, they assume everyone else is a pervert, too.

    Don Lemon still has his job. Why? Because fondling a random stranger in a bar is just what they do every night?

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    • October 20, 2020, at 7:13 PM PDT
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  9. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    Hysterical arguments defending Toobin on Twitter saying variations on “Everybody does it!” No. They do not.

    I mean, I don’t know how things are in the rarefied circles these media/political types inhabit, but spanking the monkey on a Zoom call is still frowned on out here in the hinterlands.

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    • October 20, 2020, at 7:21 PM PDT
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  10. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    And what of Toobin’s wife of 34 years? What does she have to say? She is the wronged one here. If she does not demand a divorce, that means that she is fine with his behavior. If she is, what does that say about her?

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    • October 20, 2020, at 7:22 PM PDT
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  11. Kevin Schulte Member

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    And what of Toobin’s wife of 34 years? What does she have to say? She is the wronged one here. If she does not demand a divorce, that means that she is fine with his behavior. If she is, what does that say about her?

    I don’t think life is this cut and dried. Life and relationships are far messier than this. Perhaps Mr has forgiven Mrs to the the degree that Mr. is now in need of. Who knows ?

    To make judgments from afar on the victim is unfair.

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    • October 20, 2020, at 8:11 PM PDT
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  12. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Most of us would be too embarrassed and ashamed to show our faces in public again given such untoward behavior, let alone on national TV. I don’t see how this doesn’t end his career. As Old Bathos says, lefty lawyers willing to disparage Republicans and the President are a dime a dozen on the east coast. 

    As Twain might say, better to be thought a slime bucket in your “private” life than get caught flogging the dolphin on a Zoom meeting and remove all doubt. 

    Where is Matt Lauer these days?

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    • October 20, 2020, at 8:33 PM PDT
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  13. KevinKrisher Coolidge

    On the photo in Wulfsohn’s tweet, Toobin appears to have an enormous pustule on his lower left cheek. Could my seventh grade teacher Sister Theresa have been right after all?

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    • October 20, 2020, at 11:35 PM PDT
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  14. KevinKrisher Coolidge

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Most of us would be too embarrassed and ashamed to show our faces in public again given such untoward behavior, let alone on national TV. I don’t see how this doesn’t end his career. As Old Bathos says, lefty lawyers willing to disparage Republicans and the President are a dime a dozen on the east coast.

    As Twain might say, better to be thought a slime bucket in your “private” life than get caught flogging the dolphin on a Zoom meeting and remove all doubt.

    Where is Matt Lauer these days?

    I blame Zoom’s poor audio quality. Jeffrey just misheard when the host said that the meeting was for an “election simulation.”

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    • October 20, 2020, at 11:43 PM PDT
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  15. Gary McVey Contributor
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    KevinKrisher (View Comment):

    On the photo in Wulfsohn’s tweet, Toobin appears to have an enormous pustule on his lower left cheek. Could my seventh grade teacher Sister Theresa have been right after all?

    It’s the microphone of the headset he’s wearing. TV often covers the mikes in flesh-colored material to look less conspicuous. It doesn’t always succeed. 

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    • October 21, 2020, at 12:13 AM PDT
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  16. Patrick McClure Coolidge

    Every right leaning news and opinion outlet should, in the future, refer to him as as “Jeffery Toobin, Zoom Masturbator, CNN Legal Analyst”.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 6:09 AM PDT
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  17. Ralphie Member

    I often wonder what my grandparents, who were all born at the end of the 19th century, would think upon turning on the news and hearing of a news reporter masterbating in public. The idea that CNN thinks he’ll be back when this dies down, is an interesting commentary of how low we’ve gone, or how low the elites believe we’ve gone.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 6:16 AM PDT
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  18. Miffed White Male Member
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    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Every right leaning news and opinion outlet should, in the future, refer to him as as “Jeffery Toobin, Zoom Masturbator, CNN Legal Analyst”.

    #metoobin

     

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    • October 21, 2020, at 6:30 AM PDT
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  19. Doug Kimball Thatcher

    What I fail to comprehend is the fact that this man has allegedly found two live females with whom to copulate at least three times! Doesn’t reasonable sexual selection usually preclude that? And those three times tuned out to be not quite enough. (I trust that alcohol was involved.)

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    • October 21, 2020, at 6:32 AM PDT
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  20. Michael Brehm Coolidge

    At this point, it would be less work to compile a list of media personalities who aren’t worthless degenerates.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 6:36 AM PDT
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  21. KevinKrisher Coolidge

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Every right leaning news and opinion outlet should, in the future, refer to him as as “Jeffery Toobin, Zoom Masturbator, CNN Legal Analyst”.

    #metoobin

     

    But he would fun to interview: “Mr. Toobin, do you think Biden might whack off a few percentage points from Trump’s support? Will he be able to beat off Trump’s challenge in the battleground states? Any advice for how he should handle himself in the next debate?”

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    • October 21, 2020, at 7:36 AM PDT
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  22. Western Chauvinist Member
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    KevinKrisher (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Every right leaning news and opinion outlet should, in the future, refer to him as as “Jeffery Toobin, Zoom Masturbator, CNN Legal Analyst”.

    #metoobin

     

    But he would fun to interview: “Mr. Toobin, do you think Biden might whack off a few percentage points from Trump’s support? Will he be able to beat off Trump’s challenge in the battleground states? Any advice for how he should handle himself in the next debate?”

    I shouldn’t be laughing at such naughtiness, but I am. Good thing I have confession scheduled tomorrow. 

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    • October 21, 2020, at 7:50 AM PDT
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  23. Miffed White Male Member
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    KevinKrisher (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Every right leaning news and opinion outlet should, in the future, refer to him as as “Jeffery Toobin, Zoom Masturbator, CNN Legal Analyst”.

    #metoobin

     

    But he would fun to interview: “Mr. Toobin, do you think Biden might whack off a few percentage points from Trump’s support? Will he be able to beat off Trump’s challenge in the battleground states? Any advice for how he should handle himself in the next debate?”

    “Mr. Toobin, are you this big a jerk off camera”?

     

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    • October 21, 2020, at 8:08 AM PDT
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  24. Michael Brehm Coolidge

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    KevinKrisher (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Every right leaning news and opinion outlet should, in the future, refer to him as as “Jeffery Toobin, Zoom Masturbator, CNN Legal Analyst”.

    #metoobin

     

    But he would fun to interview: “Mr. Toobin, do you think Biden might whack off a few percentage points from Trump’s support? Will he be able to beat off Trump’s challenge in the battleground states? Any advice for how he should handle himself in the next debate?”

    “Mr. Toobin, are you this big a jerk off camera”?

     

    Points deducted to everyone for missing the easy “Master Debater” layup.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 9:24 AM PDT
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  25. Flicker Coolidge

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Every right leaning news and opinion outlet should, in the future, refer to him as as “Jeffery Toobin, Zoom Masturbator, Multitasker, CNN Legal Analyst”.

    I think the new progressive term for what he did is multitasking.

     

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    • October 21, 2020, at 12:29 PM PDT
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  26. Charlotte Member
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    The Zoom incident appears to be just about the least offensive thing about Jeffrey Toobin.

     

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    • October 21, 2020, at 6:50 PM PDT
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  27. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    I don’t believe for a minute that he accidentally left the camera on. Sure, and Weinstein “accidentally” watered the plants.

    Bill Clinton “accidentally” flew to sex slave island, and Don Lemon “accidentally” groped a man. Matt Lauer “accidentally” trapped women in his office.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 7:09 PM PDT
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