In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Thursday, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell confessed that if she had known about Charlie Rose’s sexual harassment of women she probably would not have confronted him directly because he would have “screamed” at her.
The year 2017 unfolded into a massive surprise to liberals, who fully expected that before Christmas we would (a) all die in a nuclear war over Donald Trump’s tweets, or (b) be swearing in President Pence after Trump was impeached or petulantly quit because the news media were full of meanies. More than ever, the media see themselves as valiant tellers of truth. More than ever, most Americans peg them as emotionally intense leftists.
At the close of 2017, no less than seven prominent male hosts and editors of influential government-sponsored radio and television shows are out of work amid claims of sexual harassment. According to their accusers, the alleged Malevolent Seven are powerful pervs and creeps who've been running wild at NPR and PBS for decades, sponsored and subsidized by taxpayers and corporate donors.
Liberals in the media will say anything to justify why they turned a blind eye to sexual predators in their midst. Take TBS comedian Samantha Bee, who tried to pretend on her show, Full Frontal, last night, that these men’s “misogyny” was well evidenced by their bias against Hillary Clinton.
Matt Lauer. Charlie Rose. Bill O’Reilly. Mark Halperin. Any one of those guys is just like the others in two important and intertwined ways, suggested Salon’s Marcotte on Wednesday: each is an alleged sexual harasser who has lost at least one high-profile media gig as a result, and each had a sexist fixation on Hillary Clinton’s “nothing-burger” e-mails.
As reported by Mediaite, CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert addressed sexual harassment charges against CBS morning news host Charlie Rose on Tuesday night. He called it an "abuse of power, and noted Rose gave unwanted shoulder rubs, something his employees referred to as “the crusty paw.” He quipped “And you may make three wishes upon the accursed paw, all of which are… to not get a back rub from Charlie Rose.” While the networks will quickly move on, people can still get their Charlie Rose humor fix simply by checking out Twitter where the jokes abound.
The privileged and prestigious professional life of Charlie Rose came to a shocking end this week. In the latest lurid front-page testimony on powerful men, The Washington Post reported eight women accused Rose of brutish and exhibitionist behavior. New employees were warned of being grabbed by his “crusty paw,” and female staffers testified that he liked walking out naked in front of them. Boom, CBS and PBS abruptly fired him.
CBS on Tuesday fired Charlie Rose in the wake of revelations that he sexually harassed multiple women for decades. In retrospect, his repeated claims of “respecting” and “appreciating” strong women ring particularly hollow. On September 10, 2017, the journalist grilled former ex-Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon about the infamous Billy Bush tape.
Sexual assault is a topic Charlie Rose has questioned others on multiple times – including one interview with comedian Amy Schumer. On Monday, CBS and PBS suspended host Charlie Rose after a Washington Post story reported on eight women accusing him of “unwanted sexual advances.” CBS has since fired him.
The NewsBusters staff was passing around an old YouTube video from Samantha Bee that she taped with Charlie Rose in his Bloomberg studios last year. It was titled "What Are You Hiding, Charlie Rose?" She asked to turn up the lights in the typically black backdrop, and was frightened to discover a crowd of "Charlie Rose clones." One clone even paws her on the shoulder: "Hi, I'm Charlie Rose." The original Rose then says "He likes you!"
Opening her 9 a.m. ET hour show on Tuesday, NBC’s Megyn Kelly shared a story about being interviewed by now-disgraced PBS and CBS anchor Charlie Rose: "I wanted to share a story with you, not about harassment, but of an underlying dynamic between men and women that contributes to this culture in which inappropriate conduct goes unaddressed."
Monday brought a deluge of new sexual harassment allegations implicating high profile men across the worlds of politics and journalism. Among the accused was CBS’s Charlie Rose, which was adequately reported by the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC). But in stark contrast, they completely omitted the emerging allegations against New York Times White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush, and the second accuser of Democratic Senator Al Franken went grossly under reported.