CBS Ousts Political Director After Several Allegations

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CBS News fired its political director after several people complained of his “inappropriate behavior,” the network announced Wednesday.

“In the last two weeks, accounts of inappropriate behavior by Steve Chaggaris were brought to our attention and were immediately investigated,” CBS said in a statement. “As a result, CBS News has severed ties with Mr. Chaggaris for violating company policy, effective immediately.”

Chaggaris oversaw the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump and appeared on several shows as a reporter, and CBS has not yet named a replacement. It’s unclear what the allegations are, and Chaggaris disabled his Twitter account sometime in the past few days, CNN reports.

The firing comes six weeks after CBS ousted Charlie Rose after allegations of sexual harassment from three former staff members.

Anchors and high-level staffers at many media outlets facing allegations of harassment and inappropriate conduct. The Daily Caller reported in December that NBC settled claims of harassment against Chris Matthews after a staffer accused the long-time “Hardball” host of making lewd jokes and comments about her to others.

At least eight other high-profile journalists and producers at mainstream outlets were accused of inappropriate behavior in 2017, and it appears that trend will not slow down in the new year.


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