Jeffrey Toobin, a longtime reporter for The New Yorker and CNN’s leading 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 Monday that Toobin was on a video call with staffers from The New Yorker and WNYC radio when he, mistakenly believing his camera was off, bared more than he intended during the meeting
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers. 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.”
Besides being suspended from The New Yorker, CNN reported that Toobin has taken time off from his position as a legal analyst for the cable news outlet “while he deals with a personal issue.”
Video conferencing has played a big role since the beginning of the COVID-19, as many employees have been working from home. Although Toobin’s incident is a high-profile one, news outlets have been running regular stories detailing “Zoom fails.”
These incidents range from a boss who went through a meeting as a potato because she couldn’t figure out how to take the potato filter off her screen, people accidentally broadcasting nudity or bathroom breaks, and children walking in on parents’ Zoom calls and making obscene statements.