‘New York’ writer suspended after involuntary exposure to his webcam


Jeffrey Toobin, longtime journalist for the new yorker and CNN’s top legal analyst was suspended from the magazine after an incident in which he allegedly unwittingly exposed himself during a Zoom call with colleagues and employees of a New York radio station, according to media reports.


Vice‘s Motherboard reported on Monday that Toobin was on a video call with staff members from the new yorker and WNYC radio when he, mistakenly believing his camera was off, leaked more than he bargained for during the meeting.

“I made a stupid and embarrassing mistake, believing I was off camera,” Toobin said in a statement to Vice. “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and colleagues.”

Toobin has been suspended by the magazine while the matter is investigated, a New Yorker the spokesperson said Vice.

CNN said The Washington Post that Toobin will also take a requested leave of absence from his position as the network’s chief legal analyst while he “deals with a personal problem.”

Key Context

The prevalence of using Zoom and similar video conferencing software while much of the world is still working and learning from home has led to increased reports of people inadvertently flashing other people on calls. video. Several mothers have gone viral for accidentally appearing naked in the background of their children virtual school calls. Even a Mexican senator inadvertently appeared topless in front of fellow lawmakers and reporters when she changed clothes during a meeting on the economy without turning off her webcam.

Further reading

The New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin Over Zoom Dick Incident (Vice Motherboard)

The New Yorker suspends writer Jeffrey Toobin after accidental exposure to Zoom (The Washington Post)

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