First published November 21, 2017 in the Toronto Sun
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more shocking or shameful, more women have come forward to allege that yet another powerful player groped them. This latest accused sexual predator is 45-year veteran journalist and broadcaster Charlie Rose.
In grotesque detail, the Washington Post reported that eight women told the paper “Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.”
But no one seems to be more stunned by the revelations than Rose’s liberal media colleagues.
Appearing alongside her ‘CBS This Morning’ co-host Norah O’Donnell, a shell-shocked Gayle King commented on Rose’s alleged behaviour.
“I really am still reeling. I got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night, both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, ‘Are you OK?’ I am not OK after reading that article in the Post,” King said Tuesday. “It was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read.”
Before one of their own was accused of behaving badly, the mainstream media — including Rose himself — gloated with glee and wagged their finger at Fox News channel’s culture of harassment. But, as it turns out, conservative media titans Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly weren’t the only foxes prowling around the proverbial hen house.
The Post article reads like something out of a raunchy erotica novel, or Fifty Shades of Grey. From the late 1990s to 2011, the women describe Rose engaging in behaviour you might expect from an adolescent boy — or at a frat party.
In an utterly meaningless boilerplate apology that we’ve seen from the litany of accused rogue men — like Sen. Al Franken — Rose said that he’s been an advocate for women.
“I am greatly embarrassed … I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken,” Rose said in a written statement.
I don’t know how groping someone’s buttocks at a staff party, or calling a 21-year-old late at night to tell her you’d like to see her swimming naked in your pool is “shared feelings.”
Rose appears “embarrassed” because he finally got caught after decades.
While I’m not defending Rose’s behaviour or that of the female executive producer of his PBS show, who reportedly ignored the allegations from female employees, I will suggest that some of his accusers need to take responsibility for their own actions. Many of the women, who were between the ages of 21 and 37 at the time of the alleged incidents, agreed to do work at (and stay overnight in) his home, or join him for dinner in hopes of becoming employed by his production company or secure future employment with him.
When a boss invites you to work with him at his home, you know that’s not professional. Men like Charlie Rose must be stopped, and fired, for their behaviour — but women, too, must say no to these blatant sexual overtures masquerading as work-related.
Rose isn’t alone in the liberal media’s own house of cards. Glenn Thrush, the New York Times White House reporter and President Donald Trump basher, has also been accused of lewd behaviour and placed on suspension by the paper. (You might also remember him as the guy who sent his columns for Politico to the Clinton campaign for approval before they were published.)
Let’s see if the liberal Times will be as relentless in pursuing the allegations against Thrush, who has been described as a rising star (hack) as the paper has been in trying to destroy the Trump presidency.
Powerful men everywhere must be shaking in their wingtips, doing mental audits of their behaviour (past and present) now that women have gone feral in their fight against sexual harassment. Stay tuned, I’m sure there will be more men losing their shirts.