July 21, 2024

Report: CBS News Seized Files, Computers and Records of Fired Journalist Catherine Herridge

CBS News has reportedly “seized the files, computers and records” of fired investigative reporter Catherine Herridge, including information on privileged sources.

“The network grabbed Herridge’s notes and files and informed her that it would decide what, if anything, would be turned over to her,” George Washington University law Professor Jonathan Turley reported at the Hill on Thursday. “The files likely contain confidential material from both her stints at Fox and CBS.”

As part of a restructuring drive to boost profitability, CBS’s parent company, Paramount Global, announced layoffs of hundreds of staffers last week, including Herridge. The firing of Herridge, who was CBS News’ senior investigative correspondent, sent shock waves throughout the news industry.

One former CBS journalist told Turley that many employees “are confused why [Herridge] was laid off, as one of the correspondents who broke news regularly and did a lot of original reporting.”

Even more shocking, according to Turley, was the seizure of her files, which he said is unheard of in the news business.  CBS’s actions have “alarmed many” including “current and former CBS employees,” he reported.

Turley said a former CBS reporter told him that “he had never seen a seizure of records from a departing journalist, and that the move had sent a ‘chilling signal’ in the ranks of CBS.”

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