‘CBS This Morning’ Didn't Flinch From Addressing Allegations Against Charlie Rose

“This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period.”

The hosts of CBS This Morning have been reporting on the recent spate of sexual harassment allegations for weeks, and they're not shying away now that the news has hit close to home with the accusations facing former co-host Charlie Rose.


According to The Washington Post, eight women have accused the journalist of making unwanted sexual advances — including groping them, making lewd phone calls, and walking around naked in front of them. All eight women were either employees or aspiring employees between the late 1990s and 2011.

Rose was absent from CBS This Morning on November 21, but co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell addressed the allegations head-on. Later that day, it was announced that CBS had fired Rose.

"This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women," O'Donnell said. "Let me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive … Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility … This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period."

"I am not OK," King said. "After reading that article in the Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read. That said, I think we have to make this matter to women — the women that have spoken up, the women who have not spoken up because they're afraid. I'm hoping that now they will take the step to speak out, too."

"Charlie does not get a pass here," King added. "He doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room. We are all deeply affected. We are all rocked by this … I'm still trying to sort it out because this is not the man I know, but I'm also clearly on the side of the women who have been very hurt and very damaged by this."

CBS isn't the first media organization to report on its own crisis. Concurrent with the Charlie Rose news came The New York Times' announcement that it was suspending reporter Glenn Thrush after women accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior. 

Additionally, NPR announced just days ago that its board chairman, Roger LaMay, was stepping down amid reports of inappropriate behavior. And earlier this month, NPR's senior vice president of news and editorial director, Michael Oreskes, was forced to resign after sexual harassment accusations against him surfaced.

By contrast, Fox News didn't report on the six sexual harassment settlements facing former The O'Reilly Factor host Bill O'Reilly, including a $32 million payout in January exposed by The New York Times in October. In fact, 21st Century Fox even renewed O'Reilly's contract. The company only fired him (and reported on his firing) after the Times shed light on five of those six settlements in April.

CBS' comparatively quick action seems, to some, like progress.


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