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Et tu, Toobin? Toxic masculinity always finds a way, even in a lockdown

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When New Yorker writer and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was caught masturbating on a Zoom call with his colleagues last week as they prepped for American election night, there was silence.

Apparently everyone, including staff from a New York radio station, maintained a rigid discipline — or were frozen in silent shock — and said nothing about having seen Toobin lower his video camera to his Down There and play. This would not have been my reaction but I am a different nut to the self-contained New Yorker crowd. Theirs is not my way.

They were role-playing — it’s like debate prep — in an Election Night simulation, which sounds sexual but absolutely isn’t. The great investigative reporter Jane Mayer was playing establishment Republicans while Sue Halpern played left-wing Democrats. Putin analyst Masha Gessen did Donald Trump, Dexter Filkins reprised his legendary Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Toobin played the courts, presumably Supreme.

I imagine them all in costume, Mayer in a fat suit, Halpern biting........

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