Wednesday CBS News fired political director Steve Chaggaris after an investigation into allegations of “inappropriate behavior.” CNN was first to report the announcement:
Chaggaris was a longtime CBS News employee. In his latest role Chaggaris, among other things, oversaw coverage of the Trump administration and occasionally appeared on CBS programs.
Chaggaris could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. His Twitter account was deleted sometime in the past two days…
A CBS News spokeswoman indicated that the allegations against Chaggaris came to light shortly before the Christmas holiday.
“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 after CNNMoney inquired about Chaggaris.
Today there are stories about the firing at numerous outlets but all of them contain the same basic information and no details on what prompted CBS News to fire Chaggaris. However, CBS News own story which puts this in the context of the recent firing of Charlie Rose:
The decision to dismiss him came six weeks after “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose was let go in the wake of a Washington Post story about allegations of sexual misconduct by that veteran newsman.
In light of recent highly publicized harassment cases, CBS and other big media companies told staffers how important it is to report instances of all types of improper behavior to human resources or managers.
The phrase “sexual miconduct” only appears as a reference to Charlie Rose in this story but that seems to be the implication. Last night when the story broke I found a CBS News clip on YouTube from a few weeks ago in which Chaggaris discussed the Alabama election and the accusations against Roy Moore. Today that clip has been removed by CBS, but this one is still up: