The lesson corporate America must learn from the bizarre tale of Jeffrey Toobin

Employer the New Yorker has done the right thing by terminating such a brazen transgressor but too many other entitled offenders in the corporate world remain unpunished.


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The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin is not the worst, but is certainly the strangest offender of the Me Too era

It’s tempting to say that Jeffrey Toobin shot himself in the foot.

But the reality is we don’t know exactly what direction his “member” was pointing as he pleasured himself on that ill-fated Zoom call.

Through the shocking revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s horrific conduct, and all the rest of the rogue’s gallery of Me Too transgressors, we thought we’d seen it all.

Sure, what many of them did was far worse than Toobin’s mess up. But the now ex-New Yorker honcho undoubtedly takes the cake in terms of sheer brazenness.

Jeffrey Toobin
Longtime New Yorker staff writer and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin leaving the Supreme Court back in 2012
(AP/Charles Dharapak)

Certainly, here at Crazy America, we were also shocked by the recent case of Wall Street heavy hitter Chuck Hinckley. The managing director at investment firm Marathon Capital was allegedly rumbled pleasuring himself in a conference room when a more junior female employee walked in on him.

But what really stuck in one’s throat was the decision of Marathon to fire the poor woman who had to witness that, rather than take Hinckley in hand.

As we said at the time, what kind of world do we live in when you find a co-worker choking the chicken and then you are the one that gets canned – NOT the man with member in hand?!

Of course, Toobin’s transgression on a Zoom call went a step or two beyond what even Hinckley did. At least, the Wall Street man thought he might get a minute or two on his own in that conference room before company arrived.

Marathon Capital’s Chuck Hinckley
(US District Court)

Toobin, by contrast, just put it all on show.

There will be those that speculate about Toobin’s mental state. No doubt he will fully account for himself one day.

In the meantime, we must applaud the New Yorker for making the right decision, and the only possible decision it could have made.

We can only hope that Marathon Capital has taken note!

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