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BuzzFeed is trying to normalize workplace masturbation after writer and CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was caught pleasuring himself during a Zoom video call with colleagues.

After Toobin trended on Twitter, BuzzFeed criticized those who shamed him. They proposed normalizing workplace Zoom masturbation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

BuzzFeed notes that workplace masturbation is already a thing.

In an article, titled "Jeffrey Toobin Can't Be The Only Person Masturbating On Work Zoom Calls," BuzzFeed writes: "You're going to tell me you've never taken a quick three minutes midday to crank your hog? To mash your meat? To butter your own muffin? There’s so little joy left in our lives; are we not at least owed the time to toot our own horns?"

BuzzFeed news reporter and senior culture writer Scaachi Koul defended Toobin by comparing masturbating to other mundane activities employees do to pass the time when working from home.

"[E]ndless snacks without judgment, cigarette breaks at your leisure, Real Housewives on all goddamn day," Koul wrote, before adding, "Haven't we all done something on a work call that, in normal circumstances, we'd never do during a meeting?

"Let he without sin cast the first stone; the benefit of working from home is in the comfort to do whatever you want."

A few liberal companies already provide private spaces for male employees to give themselves a hand in a supportive, uplifting environment. One boss said normalizing workplace masturbation has cut down on incidents of sexual harassment on the job.

But not everyone agrees with normalizing masturbation during Zoom video calls.

"[W]hat the ever living f*** Buzzfeed," tweeted reporter Tim Pool, "you think its normal for people to masturbate during work calls?? is this what journalists do? is this normal for them??"

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O.J. Simpson weighed in on Jeffrey Toobin's Zoom masturbation scandal on Monday.

The former NFL running back jokingly compared Toobin to Pee-Wee Herman in a video clip he posted on his Twitter account on Monday.

"Daaaaamn, Jeffrey Toobin. At least Pee-wee Herman was in an X-rated movie theater. I'm just saying," Simpson laughed.

Herman was a fictional children's character portrayed by comedian Paul Reubens, who was arrested for exposing himself in an adult theater in July 1991.

Toobin, 60, was participating in a Zoom video call with his colleagues at New Yorker magazine and WNYC radio staffers when he began pleasuring himself.

The writers on the call included Jane Mayer, Evan Osnos, Masha Gessen and Jelani Cobb, who were simulating scenarios for the upcoming presidential election.

At some point during a break in the Zoom call, a few of the writers observed Toobin begin to masturbate.

New Yorker editor David Remnick sent an email to staffers informing them that Toobin had been suspended.

"Please be assured that we take such matters seriously and that we are looking into it. Best, David," Remnick wrote.

Toobin apologized on Monday for the "embarrassingly stupid mistake."

"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers," Toobin told Motherboard

"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," he added.

Toobin, a Harvard law grad, will also take a leave of absence from CNN, where he served as chief legal analyst.

Toobin made a name for himself covering Simpson's double murder case, which was dubbed "the trial of the century" in 1995.

His book on the murder case was adapted as a TV series, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which won 9 Emmy Awards.

Simpson, 73, was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. But a civil jury found him liable for wrongful death and battery. Simpson was ordered to pay over $33 million in damages to the Goldman family.

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NY Mag writer Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by the NY Post after he was caught pleasuring himself during a Zoom call between colleagues and WYNC workers.

Toobin, who also serves as CNN's chief legal analyst, was caught masturbating during a Zoom call.

According to an update from Vice.com, "This piece has been updated with more detail about the call and the headline has been updated to reflect that Toobin was masturbating."

Toobin apologized in a statement to Vice. "I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers."

The 60-year-old journalist added: "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."

A spokeswoman for the magazine said, "Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter."

Toobin is best known for his coverage of the OJ Simpson trial as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine in the 1990s.

Toobin, who hasn't tweeted since Oct. 13, appeared as a legal analyst on CNN on Saturday, but he has since taken leave to deal with his personal problems.

"Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted," CNN said in a statement on Monday.

Toobin has served as CNN's Senior Legal Analyst since 2002.

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C-SPAN suspended debate moderator Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted he lied about having his Twitter account hacked.

Scully, a political editor for C-SPAN, was set to moderate the second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Senator Joe Biden tonight (Oct. 15).

But the debate was canceled after Trump refused to debate Biden virtually.

Trump and Biden will hold simultaneous town hall events tonight on NBC and ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

Last week, Scully accidentally sent a tweet to Trump's former aide Anthony Scaramucci, asking, "@Scaramucci Should I respond to trump."

Scully asked Scaramucci how to respond to Trump's attacks against him on Twitter.

Trump sent a series of tweets saying the debate was rigged because Scully interned for Biden as a college student in Delaware.

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Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, was the first to claim publicly that Scully's Twitter had been hacked.

"Frank is correct," Scully said. "I am also not friends with Anthony Scaramucci."

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But Twitter users dug up old tweets by Scully who claimed his Twitter was hacked in 2012 and 2013.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Scully apologized for lying.

"I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked," Scully said. "These were both errors in judgement for which I am totally responsible for. I apologize.

Trump tweeted in response to the news:

"I was right again! Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked. The Debate was Rigged! He was suspended from @cspan
indefinitely. The Trump Campaign was not treated fairly by the “Commission”. Did I show good instincts in being the first to know?"

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A Miami-Dade County police officer was relieved of duty after he was caught on camera punching a Black woman during a heated encounter at Miami International Airport.

Antonio Clemente Rodriguez initially claimed the woman "headbutted" him before he subdued her and took her into custody. The charge and the woman's identity are unknown.

According to police, the woman complained loudly that she missed her flight and a ticket agent called police.

The video, which was uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday, shows a Black woman arguing with a masked cop. She then stepped into his personal space and said, "You acting like you white when you really Black... What you want to do?"

Rodriguez, who is mixed with Black and Puerto Rican, is seen punching the woman and restraining her on police body cam.
 

The president of the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association defended Rodriguez in a statement. He said the woman was "clearly" the aggressor, and Rodriguez was merely defending himself when he struck her with an "open hand slap," which is referred to as a "diversionary strike".

"Clearly she was the aggressor. She was being asked to leave. She's being belligerent and she pushes her face right into his face," PBA President Steadman Stahl told the Miami Herald.

But after carefully reviewing the video, county officials condemned the officer's actions.

"I am shocked and angered by a body cam video that I just saw involving one of our officers," Miami-Dade police Director Alfredo Ramirez said in a statement on Twitter.

"I've immediately initiated an investigation and ordered that the involved officers be relieved of duty."

"This is appalling," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giminez tweeted on Wednesday.

"It's excessive use of force and unnecessary. That's NOT what our @MiamiDadePD are trained to do. @MDPD_Director Ramirez has ordered the officer relieved of duty & investigation is underway. This is why I instituted body cameras & MDPD is reviewing all footage."

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All 57 members of Buffalo, NY's Emergency Response Team resigned in "disgust" after two of their fellow officers were suspended for shoving an elderly man to the ground during a George Floyd protest.

Graphic film shot by a cameraman for WBFO News shows Martin Gugino, 75, approach a group of Buffalo police officers and attempt to interact with them.

Two of the officers shoved the elderly man to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the sidewalk.

Blood is seen pouring from Gugino's right ear as he lay motionless on the sidewalk while the officers callously walked past him.

Gugino, a longtime peace activist from Amherst, was hospitalized at Erie County Medical Center with a concussion.

Two officers were suspended, and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the officers to be criminally charged.

"You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity," Cuomo said Friday during his daily press briefing on the coronavirus.

"Why, why, why was that necessary? Where was the threat? Older gentleman. Where was the threat? And then you just walk by the person while you see blood coming from his head."

He added: "I was sick to my stomach... it was the same feeling I had for 90 of the past nights when I got the death tolls for coronavirus. I was physically sick to my stomach."

WARNING: the video is very graphic. Viewer discretion is advised.
 

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A Black police officer was suspended after viral video shows him knocking out a mixed-race woman who assaulted a police sergeant during a George Floyd protest in Baltimore on Friday night.

Cellphone video shows the barefoot woman arguing with a white male police sergeant who grabbed her arm when she turned to walk away.

The woman responded angrily by punching him twice in the head. The Black cop, who was behind the woman, landed a solid right to the woman's face, knocking her to the pavement.

The video went viral, sparking more outrage on social media early Saturday.

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said in a statement that the officer had been "removed from police duties" and the incident is under investigation, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Mayor Young called the footage "deeply disturbing."

Young said the officer who was struck by the woman "showed remarkable restraint by not retaliating as he was being assaulted."

Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Mancuso said, "it is reprehensible that you would use political pressure after a situation where one officer was protecting his colleague from further attack. Escalation occurred only after the female attacker continued the assault."

The woman was not charged with assault.

Violent protests and fires erupted in cities across the U.S. for the 4th straight night in response to the murder of an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday, May 25.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested and charged with the murder of George Floyd, 46, on Friday.

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli suspended the director of the national health laboratory and ordered an investigation after a goat, sheep and pawpaw (fruit) tested positive for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Magufuli said on Sunday the tests were "faulty" after samples from the animals and a piece of fruit came back positive.

"This clearly states that it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they are not infected by the coronavirus," Magufuli said. "Are we now supposed to quarantine goats and fruits?"

Magufuli also fired the head of the government Medical Stores Department, which oversees distribution of medical supplies and equipment to government hospitals.

The President's ministry of health sent in the non-human tests, along with false names and ages -- without informing the lab technicians of the samples' origins.

Catherine Sungura, acting head of communications at the ministry of health, said in a statement on Monday the lab director and its quality assurance manager had been immediately suspended "to pave way for the investigation".

As of Monday, Tanzania has confirmed 480 cases of Covid-19 and 18 deaths, according to REUTERS.

Africa has reported the lowest fatalities and cases of Covid-19 as compared to the United States, which also has many questionable Covid-19-related deaths.

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A Washington Post journalist was suspended after she tweeted about Kobe Bryant's rape case hours after the Los Angeles Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, died along with seven others in a fiery helicopter crash in extremely foggy conditions on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Felicia Sonmez, a political reporter for the Post, linked to a 2016 newspaper story about Bryant's alleged rape of a 19-year-old Colorado woman. The sexual assault charge against Bryant was later dropped.

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Sonmez complained that she received "abuse and death threats" from thousands of Bryant fans after she tweeted the link to a Daily Beast story.

She commented:

"Well, THAT was eye-opening. To the 10,000 people (literally) who have commented and emailed me with abuse and death threats, please take a moment and read the story - which was written 3+ years ago and not by me."

She continued:

"Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality, even if that public figure is beloved and that totality unsettling. That folks are responding with rage and threats toward me (someone who didn't even write the piece but found it well-reported) speaks volumes about the pressure people come under to stay silent in these cases."

The reaction was swift, as many Bryant fans labeled Sonmez a "terrible person" and generated the hashtag #firefeliciasonmez.

One Twitter user wrote: @washingtonpost @JeffBezos you can't possibly continue to employ this classless, unsympathetic, and unremorseful a person as @feliciasonmez. I don't agree with cancel culture but this is an exception."

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Another reporter for MSNBC also came under fire when she made a Freudian slip and said "ni**er" while covering the tragic crash.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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34 West Virginia cadets who gave Nazi salutes in a "disgraceful" class photo were suspended without pay and three were fired a day after the photo went viral, sparking outrage around the world.

The cadets who participated in a basic training class at the West Virginia Division of Corrections are seen raising the Nazi salute in the photo. The basic training class was held from Oct. 21 to Nov. 27.

Their faces are obscured to protect their identities during the "ongoing investigation", according to the NY Post via the NY Daily News.

Gov. Jim Justice told the Post that he wanted everyone in the photo fired. He said he "ordered the termination of all those that are found to be involved" in the photo - including the photographers.

The photo is captured "HAIL BYRD!", which the Post claims is in reference to a class instructor - not the late Senator Robert Byrd, a known racist and KKK Grand Wizard who admitted creating a Ku Klux Klan chapter before he entered politics. Byrd died in 2010 at age 92.

Byrd was close friends with Hillary Clinton, who said she looked up to him for advice during her terms in the Senate and as U.S. secretary of state.

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A Los Angeles police union will not defend a LAPD cop who was caught fondling a dead woman's breasts.

On Dec. 4, the union that represents LAPD officers released a statement, saying the union "will not defend an officer accused of fondling the breasts of a dead woman."

The cop was placed on leave after video footage from his body camera showed him abusing a corpse. The footage was viewed during a random check of body cameras.

According to CBS local affiliate KCAL9 News, nearly two weeks ago, the accused cop and his partner, both male, responded to a 911 call that a dead body was found inside of a residence.

The officers confirmed the woman was deceased and one cop left the residence to retrieve paperwork from a patrol car.

While his partner was outside, the accused cop turned off his body cam and then “inappropriately touched the woman's body," LAPD officials confirmed.

The cop was caught because body cameras have a two-minute buffer, meaning they capture two minutes of footage before the devices are activated.

According to KCAL9, the officer turned in his body camera at the end of his shift. The camera was then stored with thousands of other cameras.

The officer in charge of checking video footage from the cameras randomly picked up a camera off the shelf and viewed its content.

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The San Francisco 49ers have suspended radio analyst Tim Ryan for 1 game for saying Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard to stop because his dark skin is the same color as the football.

Ryan made the incendiary remark on Monday during a show on the 49ers' flagship radio station KNBR, according to CBS News.

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Ryan was describing Jackson's fake handoffs that usually result in the potential MVP keeping the ball and running it in for a touchdown. Jackson led the Ravens to a 20-17 win over the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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"He's really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson," Ryan said on the radio show Monday.

"But when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing. I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point."

 

Jackson's exploits on the field this season drew comparisons to another famed dual-threat quarterback, former Atlanta Falcons superstar Mike Vick.

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While many are happy that a Black quarterback is the frontrunner for the NFL league MVP, others are bitter and hateful.

Many Twitter users defended Ryan, saying they didn't see anything wrong with what he said.

One Twitter user wrote:

"He points out that it's difficult to see someone with dark skin holding a dark football and all black. There is nothing racist about this. It's just a fact that the contrast with the background made him difficult to see."

Another user tweeted, "He's right. I can barely see the football!"

And a third Twitter user wrote: "One game suspension means they know he's right, but they have to pretend for the idiots".

Some Twitter users suggested making the football a lighter color.

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A NYPD detective who allegedly leaked actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s mugshot to an entertainment website has reportedly been stripped of his gun and badge.

According to the New York Post's Page Six, NYPD detective Josh Ulan was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on administrative duty on Tuesday.

The decorated sex crimes detective is accused of providing Gooding's mugshot to Atlanta-based website Rolling Out following Gooding's arrest on groping allegations in June.

Gooding, 51, was arrested on June 13 on charges of misdemeanor forcible touching and sexual abuse stemming from an allegation by a woman who claims he groped her while she served drinks at a bar in Times Square.

A new video published by TMZ shows the alleged groping incident at TAO nightclub in Times Square.

The "Jerry Maguire" star has since been indicted on a number of criminal charges in connection with three women accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Ulan, 49, joined the NYPD in 1992. He is noted for his involvement in the arrest of Peter Braunstein, who posed as a firefighter on Halloween 2005 and sexually abused a woman for 13 hours.

"The NYPD's Special Victims Division is committed to doing everything possible to ensure survivors of sexual assault feel the safety and support needed to come forward, bravely share their experiences, and help the NYPD bring to justice those who have committed these horrific crimes," Devora Kaye, the department’s acting deputy commissioner of public information, told the publication in the statement.

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A Cincinnati emergency room nurse was suspended over a profanity-riddled rant about homosexuals and transgenders in a Facebook post.

Cindy Carter, was placed on administrative leave from her job at the Bethesda Butler Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio, after she launched an attack against homosexuals and transsexuals on Facebook. She wrote, in part that "this country has gone to complete s---! and "these f---ing c--k-sucking h---- think they deserve everything."

Carter posted multiple comments in response to complaints by members of the LGBT community - many of whom are served by the TriHealth Hospitals system.

According to KSHB News, Carter's rant was motivated by Proctor & Gamble's decision to remove the Venus feminine symbol from Always pad wrappers after a female-to-male trans person complained about the packaging on Twitter.com.

In two comments screen shot by Cincinnati Councilman Chris Seelbach, Carter wrote she did not believe in the existence of transgender people, and that "entitled" gay men and "confused woman" were ruining the country. "Men need to be men. Women need to be women."

"This is the reason why transgender people don't feel comfortable going to the doctor, and they don't feel comfortable accessing medical care," said Tristan Vaught, a female-to-male nonbinary activist. "In hospitals, you're not sure who you're going to get."

Councilman Seelbach called for the hospital to fire the nurse. "Nurses should be able to treat anyone regardless of our differences, and having such extreme views and being able to put them out there publicly would make a lot of us apprehensive of wanting a nurse to treat us," said Seelbach, who is openly homosexual.

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"As an LGBTQ+ person, I don't feel comfortable using their services until I know Mrs. Carter would never treat me. Until TriHealth terminates the employment of Carter, I will not be using their services," Seelbach wrote on Monday.

But Vaught disagreed with Seelbach. "I know some wonderful people that work there. I've been in talks with their diversity committee. I don't think, as an organization, this is what they stand for."

Vaught called on TriHealth to make it clear that homophobia and transphobia are not part of their organization.

"I think everyone can be trained to be respectful," Vaught said. "I don't think that you're going to change hearts and minds. I think you can teach people, while they're on the job, while they're clocked in, 'This is the culture that we're going to have.'"

In the past, Carter would've been protected by the First Amendment that guarantees freedom of speech - even if her comments caused hurt feelings. But times have changed in the post-Obama era.

Donell "DJ" Cooper was suspended by The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) when a urine drug test revealed he was pregnant. Cooper, who was not selected in the 2013 NBA draft, was playing for a pro team in France when his urine test revealed he was with child.

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