A CBS employee has been fired after ABC contacted the network and said the employee, who used to work for ABC, has been identified as the leaker of a hot mic video. The footage was of star ABC anchor Amy Robach complaining that the network years ago shelved her expose on now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
“Two sources familiar with the matter tell me that CBS News has fired the staffer in question. This comes after ABC informed CBS that they had determined who accessed the footage of Amy Robach expressing her frustrations about the Epstein story,” journalist Yashar Ali reported on Nov. 7.
The New York Post also reported that CBS fired the staffer, who was not identified but is said to be female, citing unnamed sources.
The news caused outrage among media critics.
“Not only have most networks ignored this major story about ABC News killing the Epstein story years ago, but now CBS News has assisted ABC News in punishing the person who allegedly exposed it,” wrote one.
Not only have most networks ignored this major story about ABC News killing the Epstein story years ago, but now CBS News has assisted ABC News in punishing the person who allegedly exposed it. https://t.co/LFm7jBaibZ
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) November 7, 2019
“Looks like two media outlets conspired to retaliate against a whistleblower. Meanwhile, they’re claiming Resistance talking point that merely identifying Ukraine leaker—even though he’s protected from retaliation—is unacceptable. Interesting,” added another.
“Two news networks colluding to fire someone who leaked a massive bombshell about one of them covering up for a highly connected pedophile,” said another.
“If you go to the media to expose things about the government, you’re protected like the nuclear football. If you go to the media to expose things about the media, you are right and truly [expletive],” said another.
Looks like two media outlets conspired to retaliate against a whistleblower. Meanwhile, they’re claiming Resistance talking point that merely identifying Ukraine leaker — even though he’s protected from retaliation— is unacceptable. Interesting. https://t.co/WqQgMRLbA6
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) November 7, 2019
The footage leaked showed anchor Amy Robach saying ABC “quashed” a story that included an interview with Virginia Roberts, who has accused Epstein of sexually abusing her when she was a minor.
Robach said the network feared losing access to the British royal family.
ABC said the network didn’t kill the story but that it didn’t meet the network’s standards.
Social media users then noted that the network has run a raft of stories in recent years that seemed to have less corroboration, including salacious accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.