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Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
60 Minutes boss Jeff Fager is back at work, reports CBS News
Executive producer Fager returned to work on Friday, five days after CBS said he would extend his vacation amid a probe into CBS News and Les Moonves for alleged misconduct. CBS News reports, based on "multiple sources," that Fager addressed his staff and said he's back at work.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 7:12PM EDT
Report: 60 Minutes boss tolerated a star producer's "abusive and alarming" workplace behavior
Allegations that senior producer Michael Rudutzky was an "out-of-control guy, especially but not exclusively toward women" were touched upon in Ronan Farrow's bombshell New Yorker story on Les Moonves. Farrow reported how Rudutzky -- who quietly left CBS News in May -- allegedly threatened to throw furniture at another senior producer, Vicki Gordon, and twisted her arm behind her back, an allegation that he categorically denies. 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager had Gordon apologize to mitigate conflict in the office, Farrow reported, but the 60 Minutes boss insists he didn't stop her from going to human resources. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple has uncovered further allegations of Rudutzky behaving badly. "According to numerous sources who worked with him and witnessed his conduct, the star producer engaged in behavior that ranged from screaming at colleagues to throwing objects — behavior they claim was tolerated for too long as Radutzky brought in exclusive 'gets' that burnished the 60 Minutes brand," Wemple reports. Wemple adds: "These allegations date back years — which is what makes them so powerful and so troubling: Under Fager’s leadership, 60 Minutes held on to an employee accused of assaulting Gordon, not to mention other allegations that point to a general pattern of troubling behavior." Former 60 Minutes employees say there was a "professional mind-meld" between Fager and Radutzky, leaving staffers in fear of reporting Radutzky's behavior. Wemple reports: "Those working under Radutzky knew whom they’d be challenging if they ever complained about his conduct. Said a former colleague, 'Michael made it clear to everyone that he had Jeff’s ear. … He held that as sort of a latent threat over everyone.'"
Posted Sunday 8/05/18 at 3:40PM EDT
60 Minutes boss Jeff Fager "has decided to stay on vacation" as CBS probes misconduct allegations
Fager, the former CBS News chairman who serves as executive producer of 60 Minutes, was scheduled to return to work on Monday, his first day in the office since Ronan Farrow's New Yorker exposé that alleged he oversaw a "toxic" work environment that included Fager himself acting inappropriately. “Having heard the investigation will be wrapping up soon, Jeff has decided to stay on vacation,” CBS News said in a statement today. Fager had denied the allegations to The New Yorker. “It is wrong that our culture can be falsely defined by a few people with an axe to grind who are using an important movement as a weapon to get even, and not by the hundreds of women and men that have thrived, both personally and professionally, at 60 Minutes,” he said.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 12:04AM EDT
Les Moonves sexual harassment allegations look like further proof that abusive power players shape the stories that are told
Moonves is a one of the most influential gatekeepers in what stories are told and how they are told, and his impact extends all the way through CBS' many subsidiaries, from CBS News to CBS All Access to The CW and Simon & Schuster. So it should be concerning that somebody accused of sexual harassment has overseen a CBS Corp. that has been brimming with sexual misconduct allegations, from 60 Minutes to Charlie Rose to former NCIS producer Brad Kern and CW Arrowverse producer Andrew Kreisberg. "The point is simply this: People accused of sexual harassment and assault have formed the backbone of police procedurals, teen superhero dramas and some of the country’s (previously) most trusted news programming," says Caroline Framke. "How did these men shape the stories they were telling to millions? Which stories haven’t been told at all? Whose voices were silenced or dismissed as unimportant? Who was elevated, and who became collateral damage? What, exactly, have we lost because of powerful egos throwing their weight around?"
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Meredith Vieira says "there was sexism for sure" during her time at 60 Minutes
Source: USA Today
Ronan Farrow's New Yorker article on Les Moonves also delved into allegations of sexual harassment at CBS News and 60 Minutes under the leadership of Jeff Fager. Vieira worked for CBS News from 1982 to 1993, including two years (1989-1991) as a part-time correspondent for 60 Minutes, from which was fired after requesting to continue working part-time due to her second pregnancy. "People know my story from CBS,” she said at the PBS portion of TCA TV press tour. “I think there was sexism for sure. I never was harassed per se, but I think it was difficult at the time on that show to navigate your way as a woman. I’ve never experienced harassment as a woman anywhere that I’ve been. Maybe they’re scared of me.” Vieira added that she has not read Farrow's article, noting that she has no connection to Moonves. Vieira was also asked about her former Today colleague Matt Lauer, and whether he could return to TV following his sexual harassment scandal. “I think it would probably be very difficult for him," she said. "Time tends to heal situations, and people evolve and they change and I don’t want to be an unforgiving person by any means, but I think that would be a tough road for sure.”
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Six women accuse CBS' Les Moonves of sexual harassment in New Yorker exposé
Source: The New Yorker
“What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was fired for not participating,” said actress Illeana Douglas, one of six women to come forward accusing Moonves of sexual misconduct, including four on the record, to Pulitzer-winning writer Ronan Farrow. As Farrow pointed out, Moonves called the #MeToo movement a "watershed moment" last November. "I think it’s important that a company’s culture will not allow for this," he said. "And that’s the thing that’s far-reaching. There’s a lot we’re learning. There’s a lot we didn’t know.” But, writes Farrow, "Moonves’s private actions belie his public statements. Six women who had professional dealings with him told me that, between the nineteen-eighties and the late aughts, Moonves sexually harassed them. Four described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, in what they said appeared to be a practiced routine. Two told me that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All said that he became cold or hostile after they rejected his advances, and that they believed their careers suffered as a result." Aside from Douglas, the women who've spoken on the record with Farrow include writer Janet Jones, who alleges that Moonves tried to forcibly kiss her; producer Christine Peters, who alleges that Moonves put his hand up her skirt during a meeting; and Emmy-winning The Tracey Ullman Show writer Dinah Kingo, who says a potential deal fell through after she rejected a date with a then-married Moonves. In a statement to The New Yorker, Moonves said: “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected—and abided by the principle—that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career. This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution.”
- Ronan Farrow's Moonves bombshell also tackled sexual misconduct accusations at CBS News and 60 Minutes: "19 current and former employees told @RonanFarrow that Jeﬀ Fager, the former chairman of CBS News and the current executive producer of 60 Minutes, allowed harassment in the division."
- "Men at CBS News who were accused of sexual misconduct were promoted, even as the company paid settlements to women with complaints," Farrow writes, based on interviews with 30 current and former CBS employees.
- Julie Chen tweeted a statement in support of her husband: "I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ’90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years. Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement.”
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
Report: 60 Minutes executive producer hired a law firm to water down a Washington Post story on his role in the Charlie Rose scandal
Source: The Daily Beast
60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, the former CBS News chairman who installed Rose on 60 Minutes in 2008 and tapped him for CBS This Morning in 2011, was barely mentioned in The Washington Post's follow-up May 3 story on Rose's alleged sexual harassment. That's because, according to The Daily Beast, Fager hired the law firm Clare Locke, which has a reputation for "killing stories" about sexual harassment. Clare Locke has done work on behalf of Matt Lauer, according to The Daily Beast, and has used legal tactics against Katie Couric, CNN and Rolling Stone over potential stories. The Daily Beast says The Post's story was to contain a lot of information about Fager, but the story was "effectively neutered" thanks to the law firm's tactics.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Mario Batali's three Las Vegas restaurants to close
Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s decision to cut ties with Batali comes days after 60 Minutes delved into his sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Mario Batali dropped by his business partners following new sexual assault allegations
B&B Hospitality Group released a statement reacting to Sunday's 60 Minutes story on Batali, calling the new allegations "chilling and deeply disturbing."
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Mario Batali reportedly under NYPD investigation for two separate sexual assault allegations
Source: CBS News
Anderson Cooper revealed at the end of his 60 Minutes story on Batali's sexual misconduct that the NYPD is investigating the former Food Network star for a sexual assault incident that allegedly took place at his New York City eatery The Spotted Pig in 2005. The accuser, a former Batali employee who appeared on 60 Minutes anonymously, said she joined Batali for a glass of wine, but she barely remembered what happened next. When she woke up in the morning, she says she found "deep scratches" on her leg and semen on her skirt. Meanwhile, TMZ reports the NYPD is investigating a second woman's allegation that Batali raped her in 2004 at Babbo, another of his New York City restaurants. TMZ reports the woman was a customer who went upstairs to use the bathroom at 2 a.m. The next thing she remembered is Batali allegedly on top of her. TMZ says the woman filed a police report in March of this year. Batali issued a statement to 60 Minutes denying the first allegation, saying: “I vehemently deny the allegation that I sexually assaulted this woman. My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions. I am not attempting a professional comeback."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
60 Minutes to tackle the Mario Batali sexual harassment scandal
On Sunday's episode of the CBS News magazine, Anderson Cooper interviews those who were “sexually harassed or assaulted” at one of the restaurants Batali co-owned.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
FCC received only three complaints over 60 Minutes' Stormy Daniels interview
"I tuned in to watch 60 Minutes on Sunday March 25. Somehow Pornhub showed up on my TV. Very disturbing," said one complaint. Another called the segment a "commercial" that was "disgusting" to watch. A third complaint said: "SHAME ON 60 MINUTES!! THEY ARE NOW THE T.V. VERSION OF THE NATIONALENQURIER."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
60 Minutes earns two Peabody Awards, HBO's Vice News Tonight and CNN each get one
Source: Orlando Sentinel
The Peabody Awards named their news winners today, handing two awards to 60 Minutes, including the institutional award for its “The Whistleblower" investigation.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 2:31PM EDT
CBS renews 11 shows, leaving Criminal Minds on the bubble
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Being renewed are MacGyver, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Madam Secretary, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. Missing from the list is Criminal Minds, which is ending its 13th season. CBS says a decision on Season 14 will made around the time of the network's upfronts. Other CBS shows that remain on the bubble include Elementary, Man with a Plan, Superior Donuts, Life in Pieces, Code Black, Living Biblically, Scorpion and Kevin Can Wait.
# TOPICS: CBS, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Blue Bloods, Bull, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0 (2010 series), Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, Living Biblically, MacGyver (2016 series), Madam Secretary, Man With a Plan, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Superior Donuts, Survivor, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Stormy Daniels' attorney: 60 Minutes edited out her saying "she can describe the president’s genitalia in great detail"
"That did not make it into the piece," said attorney Michael Avenatti on Megyn Kelly Today, calling CBS a "conservative network" and pointing out that Anderson Cooper's two-hour-plus interview was cut down to 14 to 16 minutes.