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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:30 AM

At '60 Minutes,' Independence Led to Trouble, Investigators Say

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For decades, “60 Minutes” has reigned at the top of television news, bringing in hundreds of journalistic awards, not to mention weekly ratings for CBS that are the envy of the industry. The success has allowed “60 Minutes” to operate independently from the larger network news division to which it belongs.

But that independence came at a cost: The show proved unable to prevent inappropriate conduct by some of its top executives, according to lawyers hired by the CBS Corporation board of directors to investigate the workplace culture of the program.

In a draft of a report for the board, investigators wrote that “the physical, administrative and cultural separation between ‘60 Minutes’ and the rest of CBS News permitted misconduct by some ‘60 Minutes’ employees.”

The executive producer of “60 Minutes,” Jeff Fager, was fired in September after he threatened a CBS News reporter looking into allegations about his behavior. The investigators wrote that the firing was justified, adding that Mr. Fager had “engaged in certain acts of sexual misconduct” with colleagues and failed to stop misbehavior by others.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:33 AM

1. Ironically 60 Minutes lead to the death of TV news and journalism

It was the first news show that made a profit. That opened up the gates to the talking head Barbies and car chase tv news.

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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:02 AM

2. It may seem strange to most, but

I never considered it that important as a hard news show.

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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:07 AM

3. Used to be hard-hitting...

Now just puff pieces...

I haven't watched 60 mins in 20 years...

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Sat Dec 8, 2018, 03:37 AM

4. I felt that it went downhill without Don Hewitt

I used to be responsible for the CBS program listings for the newspapers and 60 Minutes was one of "my" shows. They've also lost the original correspondents, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Harry Reasoner, Bob Simon. And I still miss Andy Rooney.

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