Brian Stelter Mocked For Calling Cnn Colleague Jeffrey Toobin’s Masturbation Scandal An ‘Accident’


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,” Stelter tweeted with a link to his CNN article about the controversy.

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.

“This is not satire. Repeat… THIS IS NOT SATIRE,” National Review contributor Pradheep Shanker warned his Twitter followers.

“WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE GUY WHO WHIPPED OUT HIS JUNK DURING A WORK CALL,” writer Andi Zeisler sarcastically exclaimed. “He was not ‘sidelined.’ This didn’t happen *to* him. He made a choice and that choice led to consequences. This isn’t difficult.”

“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.

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