Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Bloom Is Off Charlie Rose

                The ranks of (male) Democrats, and their same-sexed accomplices in the mainstream media, are thinning faster than even their brotherly sycophants in Hollywood- due to their utter inability to keep their hands to themselves.
                Democrats have a long and storied history of sexual harassment and impropriety, including JFK, LBJ, Ted Kennedy (alright, every male Kennedy), Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, and Anthony Weiner, just to name a few. We can now add the likes of John Conyers, Al Franken and Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel to that illustrious- and illustrative- list of lewd legislators.
                As for Hollywood, it will soon be sorely in need of more bodies taking to its casting couches, but will not have anyone willing to perch on them.
                And then there is the media. I must confess I find it great fun to see so many sententious scriveners, Goliaths to our David, get knocked off their high horses. At this rate, the New York Times, CBS, and PBS, progressive bastions all, may have an entirely distaff staff in the not-so-distant future. The latest “journalist” to be accused of inappropriate behavior is none other than Charlie Rose, a Public Broadcasting System fixture for going on three decades now. Rose not only hosted the PBS show “Charlie Rose,” but also co-anchored CBS This Morning for the past six years, substituted for the anchor of the CBS Evening News on occasion, and co-hosted that stations iconic “Person to Person,” a program originally helmed by Edward R. Murrow, in which celebrities are interviewed in their homes. Additionally, he was a contributing correspondent to CBS’s iconic- if left-leaning- “60 Minutes.”
                At least eight women have now accused Charles Peete Rose, Jr. of sexually harassing them. Apparently, this Peete Rose gambled that these women, all employees or aspiring employees of his “Charlie Rose” show, would love to see him walking around naked in their presence. He should be a first-ballot entrant into the Moron’s Hall of Fame. Rose, now 75 years old, was also accused of groping females, according to a report in the Washington Post.  The allegations state the behavior occurred from the late 1990s until 2011.
                Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, one of Rose’s female assistants during the mid-2000s, told The Post that Rose walked naked in front of her at least a dozen times while she was working in one of his homes in New York City. She also said Rose called her repeatedly late at night or early in the morning to ask her about her sex life and describe a “very specific, repetitive fantasy” of her disrobing and swimming naked in a pool at his suburban home in Bellport, New York, as he watched. She was in her early 20s at the time.
Rose was fired earlier today by CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg TV, which also carried Rose’s nightly talk show.
Naturally, Rose has released the obligatory statement apologizing for his boorish behavior: “In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose said in a statement to The Post that he later posted on Twitter. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”
He added, "It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken. I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives."
                This has become standard-issue, boiler-plate jargon for serial harassers attempting to look at their deeds with Rose-colored glasses: “I’ve always been an advocate for women. I don’t remember acting this way, but, if indeed I did, I’m frightfully sorry! I deeply apologize for this unremembered- and slightly contested- egregious behavior in which I allegedly engaged. I must’ve thought you were really into me. I have learned and grown a great deal as a result of my inappropriate actions, greatly helping all of us to achieve a deeper recognition of- and appreciation for- women and their lives.”
                Well, you know what they say, there’s never a Rose without a prick.

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