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.



CBS and PBS host Charlie Rose has been accused by eight women of sexual harassment, including groping and walking around naked in front of female colleagues. This is the same CBS This Morning journalist who offered to spank his co-host, Norah O’Donnell. On April 21, 2016, after showing video of lemurs playing, Rose blurted, “It’s either that or [the lemur’s] spanking himself.”



After the shocking and serious allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore broke on Thursday, the networks on Friday jumped to tar all conservatives, reminding audiences that Moore is a “far-right,” “hard-line,” “devout Christian conservative” “Republican.” This is not how controversial Democrats get treated when they run into trouble.



Threats against Trump administration officials have become deadly serious. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requested 24/7 security protection back in April and had to beef up his security detail again in October, because of the high number of threats against him and his family.



A furious round of liberal-on-liberal violence broke out on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning. The show’s hosts confronted former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile for daring to expose Hillary Clinton’s efforts to hobble any contenders in the 2016 primaries. The normally friendly (to liberals) Gayle King dismissed Brazile as “bitter” and “angry.” Co-host Norah O’Donnell questioned Brazile’s truthfulness.