CBS News fired Political Director Steve Chaggaris over allegations of “inappropriate behavior.” Chaggaris is the 52nd member of the elite media fired, suspended, or accused of misconduct.
“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 Wednesday. “As a result, CBS News has severed ties with Mr. Chaggaris for violating company policy, effective immediately.”
This is the second major termination over misconduct allegations at CBS. Just six weeks ago, Charlie Rose, the co-host of “CBS This Morning” was fired for numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
Outside of a spell between 2010-2012, Chaggaris had been with CBS since 1999. In March of 2016, he was made political director, which meant he oversaw coverage of the presidential election, including President Trump.
CBS has not yet named a replacement for Chaggaris.
The left-wing CNN (which fired a top producer over similar allegations in December, is facing a class action lawsuit for racial discrimination, and dealing with reports that while at NBC, CNN chief Jeff Zucker knew about Matt Lauer’s alleged predations) reports that Chaggaris deleted his Twitter account sometime this week.
Chaggaris was frequently seen on the air criticizing Trump.