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Jeffrey Toobin Fired by The New Yorker Amid Masturbation Scandal

Toobin said that he believed that he was off camera when the incident happened. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,’’ he said in a statement released in October.

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The New Yorker fired reporter Jeffrey Toobin on Wednesday amid a masturbation scandal. The incident happened several weeks ago during a Zoom call filled with reporters simulating election coverage.  

“I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer,” tweeted Toobin. “I will always love the magazine.” 

Toobin said that he believed that he was off camera when the incident happened. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,’’ he said in a statement released in October. 

Toobin’s career began as a freelance writer for The New Republic. He worked as a federal judge and as a legal counsel during Oliver North’s criminal trial. He started journalist work in the 1990’s, writing at the New Yorker in 1994 and working at ABC in 1996.

He was terminated following a three-week probe. In a memo obtained by The Daily Beast, Stan Duncan, Condé Nast’s chief people officer, assured the staff that matters like this are taken seriously. “We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct,” the memo said.

“I will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work,” Toobin tweeted. 

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Albany Times Union Editorial Board Calls for Cuomo to Resign

In their piece, the newspaper cited the Cuomo administration intentionally withholding the death toll numbers at nursing homes relating to the coronavirus. Furthermore, they added the multiple allegations of sexual harassment against the governor.

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Gannett Warned About Interfering in Employee Efforts to Unionize

New Jersey’s Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Democratic Reps. Bill Pascrell, Josh Gottheimer, Mikie Sherrill, and Tom Malinowski sent a letter to Gannett CEO Michael Reed.

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Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, is receiving a warning from six senate democrats to stop preventing its journalists from three northern New Jersey newspapers from unionizing.

New Jersey’s Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Democratic Reps. Bill Pascrell, Josh Gottheimer, Mikie Sherrill, and Tom Malinowski sent a letter to Gannett CEO Michael Reed.

In the statement, they asked him to stop blocking employees’ efforts at The Record and its online counterpart NorthJersey.com, The Daily Record, and New Jersey Herald, who want to unionize.

“We are concerned to learn that Gannett has engaged in anti-union campaigning and procedural delay tactics designed to exert influence and poison the union election process,” the letter stated in part. “Such union-busting is anathema to democracy and has no place in New Jersey, where there is a proud and long history of unionized labor.” Gannett didn’t respond to the government officials’ letter over its concerns that they’re preventing its journalist from unionizing.

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Washington Post Editorial Board Critical of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

The Post called Abbott’s decision to end all coronavirus protocols “premature and reckless.”

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Many showed concerns over Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) decision to lift the state’s mask mandate and the relaxation of other restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The Washington Post editorial board put together a piece where they criticized the governor’s decision.

The Post called Abbott’s decision to end all coronavirus protocols “premature and reckless.” Furthermore, the editorial board added that the Texas governor is taking a gamble with his state’s health.

“The governor’s decision may cheer those feeling rebellious, fatigued, and impatient with the year-long pandemic restrictions,” wrote the editorial board. “But the result of opening too soon will be viral spread and more suffering.”

“The winter holidays and the third surge were awful. A fourth surge — which could spread beyond Texas — is the last thing the country needs, just as vaccines are being rolled out. Mr. Abbott is throwing a match on kindling.”

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