After getting the boot today from CBS, where has has been entrenched as executive producer of “60 Minutes,” Jeff Fager continues to suffer indignities. In the latest one, Quinnipiac University rescinded the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award it bestowed on Fager in June, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
THR quotes an email from John W. Morgan, a spokesman for the university, saying of Fager, “He will no longer be recognized as a recipient of the award.” Morgan would not provide an official reason for the move.
The report quotes Fager saying when he accepted the award: “America is hungry for real reporting on important subject matter. That is what we strive for every single Sunday. ’60 Minutes’ has really evolved over the years, but we have kept our standards and our values the same. We still think of our role the way that it was thought of when ’60 Minutes’ was created — news is a public service.”
As we reported previously, Fager was fired today after decades at CBS News, with David Rhodes, president of the division, saying in a staff memo that “this action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently. However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level.”
Allegations of sexual impropriety have been swirling around Fager in recent weeks. CBS News would not specify which “company policy” Fager allegedly violated.