So is the new, liberal pervy mantra – “Deny, deny, deny”?
Asking for a friend.
Actually, denial seems to be a nonpartisan occurrence, as it pertains to sexual misconduct from men in positions of influence or power.
Over the last several months, we’ve been (mis)treated to the full range of the denial spectrum, from slimy double-speak (“I’m sorry if these women feel they were disrespected”) to outright, defiant rejection of any accusations leveled.
In some cases, those denials may be warranted.
That would be some cases, but the law of averages would suggest not all cases.
The latest in the spotlight (and just hang tight, because he’s running neck-and-neck with Rep. John Conyers, and with a new day, a new case may emerge) is TV journalist Charlie Rose.
Rose has been charged with some pretty hinky stuff, from groping and telephone dirty talk, to actually stripping down buck-naked and parading around in front of women (I’m assuming not at their request, either).
It’s amazing to see the full range of accusations and those accused, from Hollywood to D.C. It’s like somebody pulled the bottom block in Jenga and the whole tower came tumbling down.
What is equally amazing is how they seem not to grasp the severity of the things they’re being charged with. The divide between men and women, at least in their perception of right and wrong can’t be that wide, can it?
Rose was approached outside of his apartment on Monday by a journalist with TMZ, and asked about the numerous allegations of wrongdoing against him.
Of all the things he could say…
“It’s not wrongdoings,” Rose said, smiling as he entered his apartment.
Unwanted groping is wrongdoing.
Unwanted sexual conversation, especially with those who work for you, in some capacity, is wrongdoing.
Stripping down and walking around naked, putting anyone in that very uncomfortable and vulnerable position is wrongdoing.
Rose’s statement after the revelations seem all too familiar:
“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,” Rose said.
CBS News, as of this morning, has fired Rose.
Rose has been a host of “CBS This Morning” since 2012, and also has worked as a contributor with “60 Minutes.”
As I alluded to earlier, Rose won’t be the last one to get called out and exposed for gross misconduct with women. I would suggest, however, if you’re a man with any authority, that you start doing inventory now and taking the appropriate steps to get your own mea culpa in order.
When asked if he has anything to say to the women who have accused him of "wrongdoings," Charlie Rose responds and says: "It's not wrongdoings." pic.twitter.com/DXBm75HHLw
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 21, 2017