Jeff Fager Leaving CBS Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

14 September, 2018, 05:34 | Author: Kristine Mills
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Just hours after Fager was sacked on Wednesday, a composed Jericka Duncan spoke on CBS Evening News about the text messages and then announced: 'I am that reporter'.

The text message from Fager represents an attempt to pull rank and intimidate a reporter, something that surely happens to investigative reporters all the time at CBS News.

Rhodes also wrote that Fager's exit "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

"They terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story", he said.

"It's even hard to say that today because, yes, we do receive harsh language all the time, but this is someone who held an enormous amount of power here, who I respected, and I was shocked", Duncan said.

Just one day after Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason penned an emotional personal essay about recently ousted CBS boss Leslie Moonves keeping her shows off the air for seven years, a sequel to the successful sitcom is one step closer to becoming a reality. First, here's some background: "Sunday evening I reached out to Fager for comment on the articles alleging he groped or touched CBS employees at company parties". "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager".

The company's decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker. "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level", wrote Rhodes.

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He was then forced to submit to an interview with company investigators under threat of being fired, where he came clean that he was trying to get another accuser a gig at CBS after she threatened to go public, according to the paper.

The Talk panel agreed that Fager's text to Duncan was "threatening", rather that merely "harsh", as Fager has described it.

In another report Sunday, former intern Sarah Johansen accused Fager of groping her at a work event.

In a statement, Moonves said, "Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am".

"60 Minutes" is the most popular and powerful network news broadcast on television, and Fager is only the second person to lead it during its 50 years of history. 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 doesn't mention the incident or the actress again, but the claim reinforces the sexual misconduct allegations Moonves is now facing and the pattern of behavior suggested in Ronan Farrow's New Yorker pieces.

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