Top national reporters at CBS News were among the hundreds of ViacomCBS staffers laid off this week. A source with knowledge of the layoffs told TheWrap the cuts affected 300 people, of whom 75 were from the news division, “including some senior producers and reporters at top shows.”
Journalist Yashar Ali named veteran White House reporter Mark Knoller, Pentagon reporter Cami McCormick and correspondent Dean Reynolds in a series of tweets about the layoffs, which also affected local CBS affiliates around the country.
Knoller responded on Twitter, “Thanks to all for the many kind words. Much appreciated. For the time being, I’m still on the job, still keeping count on the president. Will see what happens. Thanks again.”
Similar to the response garnered by the news of local reporters being cut, journalists were quick to praise Knoller and the others on Twitter.
Axios’ Danielle Jones wrote to Knoller, “on my last day at CBS 22 yrs ago (!!) you called to thank me, even tho we didn’t know each other and I was very junior. Your kindness made such a deep impression. Thank you for continuing to keep all of us informed every day. You are the best.”
”CNN’s Jake Tapper called him “legendary” and said Knoller’s laying off by CBS News is a “huge loss not just for CBS News but for journalism writ large and the world.”
Tapper also praised Reynolds: “Tough as nails correspondent, smart, clever, hates BS — one of the greats. This is awful.”
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