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CBS reporter says she felt threatened by Fager message

14 September 2018

"CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor told Duncan that the text was "unacceptable" and that the team at "Evening News" supported her "100 percent".

So Duncan reached out to Fager for comment, and he responded with a menacing message. "Since Jeff Fager publically referred to our exchange today, I want to be transparent about it", Duncan said.

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In July, six former CBS News employees told The New Yorker that Fager "would touch employees in ways that made them uncomfortable" after drinking at office parties.

Then, in his own statement Fager said that instead, CBS "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". "My language was harsh and, despite the fact that all journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it". Fager, who was named in reports about tolerating an abusive workplace at CBS, stepped down today. In August, he denied the allegations, telling The New Yorker that his accusers were "using an important movement as a weapon", apparently referencing the "Me Too" movement. In it, the writer and producer alleged that the network's newly ousted former CEO, Les Moonves, clearly had it out for her, as he had for Janet Jackson and the many women he's been accused of sexually harassing and worse.

An executive producer of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" in the late 1990s, Fager took over the same role at "60 Minutes" before becoming chairman of CBS News in 2011.

At a tense "60 Minutes" meeting on Wednesday with Rhodes, staffers insisted on an explanation of just how Fager had so violated company policy as to warrant summary dismissal.

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CBS News president David Rhodes announced Fager's exit in a note to staff Wednesday.

Fager released a statement claiming his treatment of Duncan was common.

"60 Minutes" will enter its 51st season under the leadership of executive editor Bill Owens while the search for a new executive producer begins. 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".

His exit comes following a series of articles by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker that included accusations that Fager inappropriately touched employees and that he also allowed harassment in his division.

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CBS reporter says she felt threatened by Fager message