CBS Faces Backlash Over Firing Investigative Journalist Catherine Herridge and Seizing Reporter Notes

CBS Faces Backlash Over Firing Investigative Journalist Catherine Herridge and Seizing Reporter Notes

CBS News has sparked controversy by terminating veteran reporter Catherine Herridge, renowned for her coverage of investigations into the Biden family.

Herridge, who delved into national security and intelligence matters, was part of the recent wave of layoffs affecting hundreds of CBS employees.

The situation has taken a contentious turn as the network stands accused of seizing her personal notes, a move condemned by the SAG-AFTRA union as ‘completely inappropriate’ and ‘very unusual.’

“Union Condemns CBS for Alleged Seizure of Herridge’s Notes”

The SAG-AFTRA union, representing CBS employees, strongly condemns CBS News for seizing Catherine Herridge’s reporter notes and research materials.

The union deems this action ‘deeply concerning’ and warns of its potential to set a dangerous precedent for all media professionals, posing a threat to the foundations of the First Amendment.

“CBS Denies Claims of Unauthorized Seizure”

CBS, however, refutes the claims of improperly seizing Herridge’s private files.

The network asserts that Catherine’s personal belongings were delivered to her home a week ago, with plans to return the remaining materials immediately as per her request.

CBS emphasizes its respect for Herridge’s privacy, refraining from going through the files and maintaining the security of her former office.

“Herridge’s Recent Coverage and Industry Puzzlement”

Catherine Herridge, known for her impactful reporting on the House impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden and other significant events, recently found herself included in the CBS layoffs.

Industry observers express confusion over this decision, considering Herridge’s track record of breaking news and securing scoops for CBS.

“Union Urges Immediate Return of Reporting Materials”

The SAG-AFTRA union emphasizes the impropriety of an employer retaining and searching a reporter’s files, particularly those containing confidential source information.

The union calls for the immediate return of reporting materials, considering the situation a serious departure from traditional practices.

“Allegations of Hunter Biden’s Laptop and Legal Battle”

Sources claim that Herridge had been pursuing a story related to Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, facing resistance from management.

Herridge, who authenticated the laptop in November 2022, has been embroiled in a legal battle over her refusal to reveal sources for articles written in 2017.

The case involves a series of articles about a Chinese American scientist investigated by the FBI.

“Legal Fees and Ongoing Controversy”

In the midst of these developments, Herridge faces potential fines for refusing to be interviewed under oath in the ongoing legal battle.

Fox News, her former employer, has been covering her legal fees, adding another layer of complexity to the controversies surrounding the termination of the respected investigative journalist.

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