Jeff Fager Was Fired After Sending Warning Text to CBS News Reporter
- Author: Kyle Peterson Sep 14, 2018,
Sep 14, 2018, 2:03
CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan says she felt threatened when "60 Minutes" boss Jeff Fager sent her a text message to "be careful" when she questioned him about reports that he tolerated an abusive environment at the newsmagazine.
Fager responded to Duncan's request for comment, a journalistic standard, with an angry response telling the reporter she would be "held responsible for harming me" if she repeated the allegations without her own reporting on the subject.
It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'.
Fager's departure comes just days after CBS CEO Leslie Moonves was ousted from the company amid at least a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct, also reported in The New Yorker. Rose had been a co-anchor since 2012 on "CBS This Morning" and a contributing correspondent on "60 Minutes".
In the first New Yorker report, former colleagues also accused Mr Fager of inappropriate touching, and of protecting men accused of sexual misconduct.
In a statement sent to CNN's Brian Stelter, Fager said his ouster had nothing to do with the New Yorker story. They remained in their positions while law firms hired by CBS investigated the allegations. Fager has denied charges made by former CBS employees in the New Yorker magazine of personal misbehavior at parties and not disciplining people under him who had misconduct issues.
In a new story on Sunday, Farrow cited a former intern who said that Fager once groped her at an office function and described the culture as "sexist" and a "boy's club".
Fager's second in command at "60 Minutes", Bill Owens, will run the show while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement, Rhodes said.
"Over the years, even when an actress managed to get one of my scripts through an agent, the deal would immediately be killed". In this second meeting, with his own lawyers also present, Moonves admitted he knew about the police complaint, and he also revealed the existence of another accuser, whom he was now working to silence by offering her a job at CBS. "Since Jeff Fager publically referred to our exchange today, I want to be transparent about it", Duncan said. Rhodes was then brought in as news president, taking over full management of the news division when Fager went back to exclusively running "60 Minutes". Bloodworth-Thomason later began to hear from female CBS employees about Moonves' misogynist behavior. By the end of the day on Sunday, he was officially out as CEO. However, Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named and the spotlight was placed on Fager after Moonves' exit.