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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 Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
CBS board hires two high-powered law firms to investigate Les Moonves, CBS News, and "cultural issues at all levels of CBS"
The board announced Tuesday it has hired the law firms Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton to "conduct a full investigation of the allegations in recent press reports about Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News and cultural issues at all levels of CBS." The board also named a special committee to oversee the investigation. Moonves will have no role in the investigation.
- Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, who briefly represented Harvey Weinstein, says the CBS board hired "Big Law defense firms" that would only give Moonves a "wrist slap"
- Moonves exits the Anita Hill-led commission on sexual misconduct
- CBS News president David Rhodes reportedly told his staff the new revelations “test your capacity for disappointment"
- USC School of Cinematic Arts suspends Moonves from its board
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 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 Monday 7/16/18 at 7:14AM EDT
CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor lands an interview with President Trump
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Glor is the first network evening news anchor to interview Trump one-on-one since NBC News' Lester Holt's interview in May 2017.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Report: CBS is considering replacing CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor after just six months
Source: Page Six
Glor, who was largely unknown when he replaced Scott Pelley last December, has lost 1.5 million viewers in the six months since his debut. According to Page Six, CBS News bosses "are already thinking about replacing him" if the ratings trend doesn't reverse.
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
Source: Eater NY
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 Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Face the Nation is getting a facelift
Now that the venerable CBS News public-affairs program has a new host in Margaret Brennan, it will get a new set, new music and new graphics. "I guess I’m the biggest change,” jokes Brennan. “The rest of it will sort of become apparent this Sunday.”
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 Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
CBS and Charlie Rose sued by three former staffers for sexual harassment
Former CBS News broadcast associate Katherine Brooks Harris, ex-news associate Yuqing "Chelsea" Wei and Rose's former executive assistant Sydney McNeal -- who were all cited in Thursday's Washington Post story on Rose -- have filed a lawsuit against CBS News and the disgraced former CBS This Morning anchor. All three women allege that Rose berated and intimidated them, boasted about his sexual conquests and encouraged them to share their sexual experiences, according to TMZ. They all say that Rose would repeatedly caress and touch their bodies. Wei said Rose would refer to her as "China Doll" and that he once called her a "f*cking idiot." Harris and McNeal say Rose fired them after The Washington Post's bombshell story last November that resulted in his firing. ALSO: Former Charlie Rose intern writes in detail of his "narcissism, temper, and licentiousness."
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
A Charlie Rose #MeToo redemption show sounds absurd, but don't be shocked if it ever does happen
Source: The Boston Globe
The overwhelming response to last week's Page Six story is that "this would NEVER, EVER happen," says Matthew Gilbert. But he says in an era where O.J. Simpson's If I Did It is a possibility, anything can happen. "I can just see some producer putting together a low-budget affair starring Rose and streaming it through Rose’s website, perhaps, or a site with a less obvious stigma," says Gilbert. "I can see people watching it, especially those who find the #MeToo movement to be an expression of liberal political correctness, those who feel that women shouldn’t be so sensitive and difficult. I can see the show developing a loyal following, just as off-kilter sites such as Alex Jones’s InfoWars have. It’s hard to believe Charlie Rose’s Bathrobe Confessions would ever come into existence. But I remember the disbelief I felt in the late 1990s, when I first heard about an upcoming TV series where — oh my God — they actually leave a group of people in the wild to see if they can survive."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
Charlie Rose's alleged sexual misconduct was widespread at CBS News; 27 new women come forward
Source: The Washington Post
The Washington Post, which reported first reported on Rose's sexual harassment allegations at PBS last November, has learned that the former CBS This Morning co-anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent also allegedly sexually harassed many female staffers at CBS News. CBS News managers received complaints about Rose's behavior as early as 1986 and as late as April 2017. The Post spoke to 14 CBS News employees who accuse Rose of sexual harassment and 13 women who worked with him elsewhere. The new allegations date back to 1976, when a former research assistant at NBC News' Washington bureau says Rose exposed his penis to her and touched her breasts. Meanwhile, at CBS News, "some women who said they were harassed said they feared reporting the violations to executives, whom they viewed as prioritizing the careers of male stars," report Amy Brittain and Irin Carmon, who broke the first Charlie Rose story. In all, three CBS managers were warned over a 30-year period of Rose's behavior. When asked to respond to the new allegations, Rose sent a one-sentence email: “Your story is unfair and inaccurate.” CBS News issued a statement in response to The Post's article: “Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work. Some of the actions we have taken have been reported publicly, some have not. We offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take swift action when we learn of unacceptable behavior. That said, we cannot corroborate or confirm many of the situations described. We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us. We are not done with this process.” ALSO: Gayle King responds on CBS This Morning: "I have a very bad case of deja vu, I have to say. I feel sick to my stomach. I don't know what to say about this."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan is expecting her first child
The new host of the CBS News Sunday morning news show announced the news to Stephen Colbert on Monday night. “I do have some breaking personal news," she said. "My husband and I are going to be welcoming a baby in September, a baby boy! Do you have any advice?”