Of the recent flood of sexual abuse allegations, none comes across as more surprising than that of Charlie Rose. Even when he’s said things that I disagreed with, he has always come across as a gentleman. Unfortunately, it appears that, like everyone in these effete coastal cities that the liberals love so much, Charlie Rose is a creep.
“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,” he said in a statement to the newspaper. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.
“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," he continued. "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.”
"Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously," CBS News said in a statement.
PBS and Bloomberg have decided not to air Rose’s eponymous show as well.
It may be one thing to believe that someone like Harvey Weinstein or Brett Ratner is a molester of women. It may not surprise many people that men like Mark Halperin could treat women badly or that Roy Moore and Al Franken have creepy incidents in their pasts. But it’s an entirely different matter to imagine someone with the demeanor of Charlie Rose doing to women what his accusers charge that he did.
The last few weeks have given us shock after heartbreaking shock at the treatment of women (and even young men, in some cases) at the hands of men in power. These claims against Charlie Rose show just how pervasive sexual abuse is.
God help our society. We should all pray for these victims and for this kind of treatment of others to come to an end once and for all.