CBS wasted no time firing Charlie Rose. His fall from power occurred rapidly. Over a dozen women claim that the once respected journalist sexually harassed them.
“A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program,” CBS wrote in a company-wide memo.
“Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace — a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place.”
Rose’s career will never be able to recover. He’s turned himself into a social pariah. It’s been less than 24 hours since the allegations against him were first reported and already a new flock of accusers have come out of the woodwork.
“CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions,” the memo continues.
“I’m deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized — and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined. If all of us commit to the best behavior and the best work — that is what we can be known for.”
The old boys club is being smashed to bits. Sexual harassment is no longer tolerated at the workplace. Rose’s antics were ignored for decades; he almost managed to retire with his reputation intact.
(Source: New York Post)