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‘What the hell were you thinking?’: CNN host confronts Jeffrey Toobin about on-camera masturbating scandal as network reinstates shamed legal analyst

Remember Jeffry Toobin? He’s the longtime CNN legal analyst and former New Yorker staff writer who was caught masturbating on camera during a work Zoom call in October. Following the incident and a subsequent investigation, Toobin lost his New Yorker gig and took a many-months-long “leave of absence” from CNN.

Toobin’s ordeal and sudden unemployment was mocked and celebrated by many on the right. However, his left-wing coworkers were a bit more reticent — except for CNN’s oft-mocked media critic Brian Stelter, who complained that Toobin was “sidelined at a pivotal moment” just before the 2020 election.

Now, after several months of being off the air, Toobin is back at the liberal cable network that was apparently unable to find any other legal analysts able to perform and gratify the audience the way Toobin does.

But not before suffering the indignity of being interviewed on air by a female co-worker about his caught-on-camera shame.

What did he say?

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota introduced Toobin’s return by first highlighting and detailing his embarrassing moment and then asking, “What the hell were you thinking?”

“Obviously I wasn’t thinking very well or very much,” Toobin replied.

He noted that he thought he had turned off his camera and said, “I didn’t think I was on the call. I didn’t think other people could see me.”

Toobin said that the circumstances did not excuse his behavior and called his actions “deeply moronic and indefensible.”

He went on to apologize to his wife and family, CNN reported, and to the people who were on the call.

“And I’m sorry to the people who read my work and who watched me on CNN who thought I was a better person than this. And so, you know, I got a lot to rebuild, but I feel very privileged and very lucky that I’m going to be able to try to do that,” he said.

He also told Canerota that he had been in therapy and doing some public service like working at a food bank over the last several “miserable months” and is “trying to be a better person.”

“I am trying to become the kind of person people can trust again,” Toobin added.

According to CNN’s Stelter, Toobin will be appearing on CNN regularly again as the network’s chief legal analyst.

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Without evidence, CNN reports that Trump-backing protesters are a threat to vote-counters in Arizona, noting that it’s ‘an open-carry state’

CNN reporter Kyung Lah and host Chris Cuomo were scared about the situation in Maricopa County, Arizona, Wednesday night as the 2020 election vote counting there continued. They were scared because protesters supporting President Donald Trump had gathered outside the building where votes were being tabulated.

Lah was on the ground at the Maricopa County Elections Department Wednesday night, covering the ongoing vote-counting and giving her take during a hit with Cuomo.

She began by telling Cuomo that she and her team were coming up with an “exit plan” to leave the building as they were trying to escape what she called a “very big” crowd. Aerial footage of the protest showed a gathering of protesters in the facility’s parking lot.

“There is an exit plan being formed, because what’s happening beyond those doors right there,” she said, adding, “Outside there is a very sizable protest.”

“If you look at the aerial pictures from our affiliate, it’s very big,” she added.

As she spoke, CNN ran footage of the “sizable” protest standing around in the parking lot.

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Lah went on to share how concerned she was for the vote-counters, pointing to the workers and saying, “Let’s start here. These people parked in that parking lot. How are they going to get the cars out of there?”

And then she made it serious, indicating the real threat was found in Arizona’s gun laws.

“I should add, that this is a crowd that is armed,” Lah said. “There are a number of people out there who have been seen with long guns, semi-automatic rifles, because this is an open-carry state.”

“So, there are a lot of security concerns,” she added.

She noted that there were no problems in the building, but that all the “problems” were coming from the pro-Trump protesters outside.

“The problems are happening outside and just trying to keep things under control,” she said.

“There’s a lot chanting,” she said, along with flag waving and singing “Y.M.C.A.”

Cuomo went on to blame Trump for “chilling the democracy” in a way that would lead to such an allegedly dangerous protest.

Neither Cuomo nor Lah offered a single example of specific threats. They did not point to any actions even remotely like what the nation saw during multiple BLM riots, such as burning buildings, looting, firing weapons, threatening the media or bystanders, or breaking into government facilities.

What evidence did Lah have that there was a scary crowd outside?

Well, she did tweet footage of a good-sized crowd chanting, “Count the vote!” and waving flags, as she had breathlessly noted earlier.

But what might have put her over the edge was video evidence she captured of the people praying and then chanting “USA! USA! USA!”

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Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei slams media for complete fumble in election predictions

Jim VandeHei, Axios co-founder and CEO, suggested that the media is way out of touch with Americans based on predictions for the 2020 presidential election.

What are the details?

VandeHei appeared Wednesday on MSNBC, where he said that much of the media needs to wake up and realize that they don’t understand America.

“On one hand, a lot of this was knowable,” he said, pointing out that what was not “knowable” was how House Republicans would “way overperform” this election cycle.

“And this is the one where I think all of us have to have a little bit of humility, and a lot of people living in bubbles have to realize they don’t understand America,” he said.

“Donald Trump was the only person who thought they were gonna pick up House seats.”

VandeHei added, “Trump could still lose, but he performed way better than most people thought that he would. Look at Wisconsin, some of the polls … somebody had a 17-point Biden lead. It looks like it’s going to come down to a point or two. And so there’s things happening in America that people don’t realize if they’re living in big cities.”

He pointed out that Hispanic voters came out in droves for President Donald Trump in Florida and insisted that the vote wasn’t carried only by “working-class white men.”

“In almost every state, he overperformed what people thought he would do, and so we’re headed towards some really, really rocky times,” VandeHei insisted.

“I do think the one thing all of us can learn is to have a little bit of humility that there’s something going on — and we talked a lot about it on the show, all these flags, the boats, everything — there’s something going on out there that most of the media has been missing,” VandeHei said. “And obviously Donald Trump and the Republicans are the big beneficiaries of that as we sit here today, even if Trump loses the presidency.”

(H/T: Mediaite)

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New poll finds 60% of Americans don’t trust the media to report the news ‘fully, accurately, and fairly’

The distrust the American people have for the national media to provide fair and accurate reporting is continuing unabated, Gallup
revealed this week.

And it is not just Republicans — who have long had problems with the the nation’s TV and newspaper outlets — keeping the media’s numbers low. Independents have trust issues with the media — as do a fair share of the country’s Democrats.

What’s going on?

A new Gallup poll published Wednesday reveals that a majority of Americans do not trust the mass media to tell the full story.

According to Gallup, only 40% of U.S. adults admit to having “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the media to report the news “fully, accurately, and fairly.” And 60% of adults say they have “not very much” trust or “none at all.”

Of the four options on level of trust — “a great deal,” “a fair amount,” “not very much,” and “none at all” — a plurality of respondents (33%) chose “none at all.”

The overall trust in media (40%) is the lowest it has been since 2016, when it dropped to 32%. And it hasn’t been above 50% since 2003.

Broken down by political affiliation, the data is not encouraging for the media.

Naturally, Republicans are unwilling to say they trust TV, newspapers, and radio to report the news accurately. This has been a decades-long fight for the GOP. And today, only 10% of Republicans are willing to say they trust the media. Some 58% of GOPers told Gallup they have no trust at all in the media.

But the news is not good among independents, either. Just over one-third (36%) of voters who identify as independent said they trust the media.

Even the party seen by many Americans as in bed with the liberal media is showing that it has some trust issues. Not even three-quarters (73%) of Democrats are willing to say they trust the media. Gallup noted that the share of Democrats who said they trust the media “a great deal” dropped from 24% to 16%.

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Reporter asks press secretary why it’s OK for the president to have thousands of people at his outdoor rallies. She explains: These are ‘peaceful protests.’

In the wake of President Donald Trump holding another outdoor campaign rally where many attendees did not wear face masks, the media wanted to know why the White House believes such rallies are OK when states have said they are not allowed.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany used the left’s own “peaceful protests” canard to clearly explain that the president was not doing anything his political opponents were not already doing.

What did she say?

President Trump has been holding — and has scheduled several more — outdoor campaign events with thousands of attendees. On multiple occasions, large portions of the audience have been seen not social distancing and often not wearing masks. This, of course, has been a source of ire and criticism from members of the media who are positioning themselves as people who are very concerned that the campaign is allowing such seemingly reckless behavior.

For example, after Trump’s Aug. 27 RNC speech at the White House, CNN repeatedly characterized the convention session as a “possible super-spreader event.”

And following President Trump’s campaign rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Tuesday, the media were aghast that the president would hold an event with so many people who might be putting their health at risk in a state where public gatherings are supposed to be capped at 50 people.

During the White House press briefing Wednesday afternoon, a reporter demanded to know why the president insisted on holding outdoor rallies with thousands of attendees when governors have declared a ban on such gatherings.

“Why did the president have thousands of people, many not wearing masks, at a rally last night in a state that has limited outdoor gatherings to 50 people? Why is he going to Nevada this weekend to hold similar outdoor rallies?” the reporter asked, noting that the events are “in violation of his administration’s own guidance and of the best advice and guidance of local officials who he has said should have final say in these matters”

McEnany was ready for the question and made it clear the president believes that if the rally sauce is good for the liberal “peaceful protest” goose then it is good for the GOP campaign gander.

“People have a First Amendment right, if they so choose, to show up and express their political opinion in the form of a peaceful protest, which is what the president held,” she explained.

Then she called out the media’s double standard when it comes to their treatment of BLM protests versus Trump rallies.

“There’s a real double standard here, CNN had on a guest, apparently a doctor, Rob Davidson, who said, ‘Now, true, there are social distancing issues’ with regard to the protests we’ve seen around the country, ‘however, this is a public health crisis — they are marching against systemic racism,'” McEnany revealed, citing an interview Davison gave Anderson Cooper on Aug. 28.

“So if you’re allowed to march in aggregate in those protests, you are also allowed to show up at a political rally,” she concluded. “You have a First Amendment right in this country.”

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Megan Fox speaks out on resurfaced Jimmy Kimmel interview about her being sexualized while underage

Actress Megan Fox says director Michael Bay never mistreated her, despite a resurfaced 2009 Jimmy Kimmel interview that perhaps seemed to suggest otherwise.

What’s a brief history?

During the interview, which resurfaced this week amid Kimmel’s announcement that he was taking the summer off from his late-night show, Fox recalled working with Bay in “Bad Boys II.”

“They were shooting this club scene, and they brought me in, and I was wearing a stars-and-stripes bikini and a red cowboy hat and, like, six-inch heels. And he [Michael] approved it,” she recalled during the 11-year-old interview. “They said, ‘You know, Michael, she’s 15, so you can’t sit her at the bar and she can’t have a drink in her hand.”

“So his solution to that problem was to then have me dancing underneath the waterfall getting soaking wet,” she said during the interview with Kimmel. “At 15, I was in 10th grade. So that’s sort of a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works.”

Kimmel laughed, adding, “That’s really a microcosm of how all our minds work. Some of us have the decency to repress those thoughts and pretend that they don’t exist.”

Fans across social media demanded an apology from Hollywood on Fox’s behalf, and expressed their outrage that Kimmel would trivialize such an incident.

What are the details?

On Monday, Fox, 34, made an announcement on Instagram insisting that some details of her experience with Bay were “lost in the retelling of the events.”

“I know that a discussion has erupted online surrounding some of my experiences in Hollywood and the subsequent mishandling of this information by the media and society in general,” she wrote. “While I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support, I do feel I need to clarify some of the details as they have been lost in the retelling of the events and cast a sinister shadow that doesn’t really, in my opinion, belong. At least not where it’s currently being projected.”

She continued, “I was around 15 or 16 years old when I was an extra in Bad Boys II. There are multiple interviews where I shared the anecdote of being chosen for the scene and the conversations that took place surrounding it. It’s important to note, however, that when I auditioned for Transformers I was 19 or 20.”

“I did ‘work’ (me pretending to know how to hold a wrench) on one of Michael’s Ferrari’s [sic] during one of the audition scenes,” she admitted. “It was at the Platinum Dunes studio parking lot, there were several other crew members and employees present and I was at no point undressed or anything similar.”

She added that she was not underage for “this particular audition story,” and was not forced to wash someone’s cars in a sense that was “extraneous from the material in the actual script.”

“I hope that whatever opinions are formed around these episodes will at least be seeded in the facts of the events,” she continued.

What else?

Fox went on to thank her fans and supporters, saying that these particular instances are not the ones with which the public should take issue.

“There are many names that deserve to be going viral in cancel culture right now, but they are safely stored in the fragmented recesses of my heart,” she wrote. “[W]hen it comes to my direct experiences with Michael, and Steven [Spielberg] for that matter, I was never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt was a sexual manner.”

Fox’s post has received more than 275,000 likes at the time of this writing.

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Less than half of Americans are confident journalists act in the best interests of the public; even fewer say journalists have high ethical standards: poll

The American public relies on journalists to provide accurate information, but a new poll shows that most Americans are not confident that reporters act in the best interests of the public.

Even worse, even more of us believe journalists do not have high ethical standards. It’s so bad, that Americans rank them behind lawyers (though they did beat out elected officials).

What’s the data?

A new Pew Research poll found that only 48% of U.S. adults have a great deal (9%) or a fair amount (39%) of confidence that journalists act in the best interests of the public they serve. That’s down 7 points from 2018, the last time the question was asked.

Pew also asked Americans for their thoughts on journalists’ ethical standards, and the news wasn’t great. Just 43% of adults say journalists have very high (6%) or high (37%) ethical standards — a 1-point drop from last year.

Chart showing Americans' confidence in journalists slightly lower than 2018, views of ethics about on par with last year

Not surprisingly, there’s a definite partisan gap in the polling.

While 70% of Democrats have at least a fair amount of confidence that reporters act in the best interests of the public, only 23% of Republicans say the same.

Chart showing partisan divide in views toward journalists as stark today as in late 2018

On the ethical standards question, less than two-thirds of Democrats (64%) say journalists have high ethical standards and only 19% of Republicans feel that way.

Chart showing Republicans and Democrats are far more divided over the ethical standards of journalists than other groups of individuals

They ranked behind lawyers?

Pew asked Americans about the perceived ethical standards of other professions, and journalists did not fare well in comparison. Beating them out were medical doctors, police officers, religious leaders, and lawyers.

But journalists weren’t the lowest-ranked on the ethical standards ranking.

Elected officials trailed them by 16 points at 27%.

Chart showing Americans rank journalists' ethical standards below doctors, police officers and clergy, but higher than elected officials

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NBC News’ Richard Engel declares coronavirus ‘a bat virus, not a China virus. It doesn’t speak Chinese.’ Ben Shapiro cleans his clock.

NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel on Wednesday criticized those targeting China over the spread of the coronavirus.

What are the details?

“It’s easy to scapegoat people, and that is what has always happened when pandemics or epidemics … foreigners are attacked, foreigners [are] sometimes physically attacked,” Engel said on MSNBC. “If you look at what happened during the Middle Ages, there was lots and lots of scapegoating against an ethnic group or a religious group whenever there were pandemics that affected the society and frightened a lot of people. And China certainly feels that is what is happening now with people calling it the ‘Wuhan flu’ or the ‘Wuhan virus’ or the ‘China virus.'”

President Donald Trump has been ripped by reporters for calling the coronavirus a “Chinese virus” — but as we’ve already seen, national TV journalists had been doing that very thing since the outbreak was first covered. In fact, in the following video mashup, Engel’s peeps on NBC properties, CNBC and MSNBC, refer to the coronavirus using such language twice each:

But let us not quibble. Continuing with Engel’s defense of China, he added for the cameras that “this is a virus that came from the territory of China but came from bats. This is a bat virus, not a China virus. It doesn’t speak Chinese. It doesn’t target Chinese people. It targets human beings who happen to touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.”

Ben Shapiro has Engel for lunch

Once Engel’s clip hit Twitter, the Daily Wire’s editor in chief Ben Shapiro hit back hard with a brutal take.

“You have got to be f***ing kidding me,” Shapiro wrote, redacting his own F-bomb. “The Chinese government destroyed evidence of the virus, allowed free travel of 5 million people from the Wuhan region, and censored doctors who talked about it.”

Others ripped Engel as well:

  • Dave Rubin remarked, “To quote @DouglasKMurray, ‘One day the barbarians will be at the gate and we’ll be debating what gender pronouns to call them.'”
  • Alberto E. Martinez, former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), tweeted that “this is take from MSNBC (and repeated in WH briefing room by ABC and others) is so legitimately unhinged that China exerting influence/control over the American multinationals that own our media companies no longer seems like that much of a conspiracy theory.”
  • Commentator Stephen L. Miller tweeted that “the Chinese government deleted lab work and samples and intimidated their doctors to cover up any trace of it while also lying to the World Health Organization. I’m fine calling it a Chinese Government Virus as well. NBC has been on the front lines pushing PRC propaganda.”

Oh, and Engel already has let his feelings about Trump be known

Last August, Engel appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” during which he agreed with the host’s strident desire for a recession in order to get Trump out of office.

“Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution,” Engel said.

“Yes, right!” Maher answered. “Thank you very much.”