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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Charlie Rose shows how not to apologize

In recent days, America has learned there is a whole legion of lecherous lefties out there - the Joe Biden Brigade.



On Monday, Charlie Rose of PBS and CBS, and Glenn Thrush of the New York Times fell.

The latter got drunk and made a pass at a woman half his age who was equally drunk. Apparently, he did something and left her in tears.

Rose gets the prize for the most sanctimonious apology so far.
In my 45 years of journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues. 
It's 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.
Robert Stacy McCain called it bullshit, which of course it is.

But this is uncommon manure from an angus retentive bull who sees himself as the great white father bestowing kindnesses upon his lessers -- "I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked."

Why without his guidance and aid, these poor waifs would still be in the steno pool.

"It's essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior."

Essential to whom?

Him.

As apologies go, he should have stopped at "I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior."

Had he released just those seven words, he would have set an example for the rest of us.

But no, he nattered on -- "I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too."

The apology became all about him, not about the women. No one really gives a rat's ass about what he learned "as a result of these events."

He is 75 years old. He should have learned to be a gentleman by now.

From the Washington Post:
Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.
He is the Bill O'Reilly of the left, outed only because we are in the midst of a great big blood-letting.

Thrush's deal is a tad more complicated. He apologized privately to a friend of the victim of his advances. They were both drunk. So it is an admission to something happening, mitigated by mutual imbibing. But he's married, so he should not have been alone with a woman drinking.

The Pence Rule.

And Thrush just flushed down the toilet a lucrative book deal and the most prestigious job in print.

But Rose was worse. 

Rose made these points in one paragraph:
I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. 
I am greatly embarrassed.
I have behaved insensitively at times.
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.
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It read like a Barack Obama speech.

Not one damned thing about the women.

Apologize or don't, but if you apologize, make it about the victim, and not about you.

In fact, Rose's apology was a denial -- "I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate" -- and "I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings."

Oh give me a break. 

From the Post:
Most of the women said Rose alternated between fury and flattery in his interactions with them. Five described Rose putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh, in what they perceived as a test to gauge their reactions. Two said that while they were working for Rose at his residences or were traveling with him on business, he emerged from the shower and walked naked in front of them. One said he groped her buttocks at a staff party.
So Charlie Rose thought the women wanted to be groped at a staff meeting.

He thought he "was pursuing shared feelings."

See? It wasn't lechery. It was just a misunderstanding.

If you cannot give a proper apology, don't.

UPDATE: CBS just fired Rose. That tells me they knew.

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17 comments:

  1. "He is 75 years old. He should have learned to be a gentleman by now."

    That pretty much says it all right there.

    I've come to believe that one sign of real maturity is when your wife seems more attractive to you as the years go by than she did when you were young. A hard thing to do if you didn't marry young and didn't stay married.

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    1. Reminds me of this bit from Cheers between Coach and his daughter:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAr7jsr0qZQ
      (the guy who asked her to marry him was played by Gilbert Gottfried)

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  2. GREAT post, Big D. This one should be hitting Glenn's site in 5, 4, 3...

    Hell, maybe Drudge too. Dream big. 9 mill by year end.

    Talk about Pandora's Box. This is one of the great backfires in modern political history. Good job, Proggies.

    "I've got it all here in my head
    There's nothing more needs to be said
    Just playin' on my old piano
    I'm gettin in tune with the straight and narrow"

    Do that, Dems. That is from the uber-classic album:

    Who's Next

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  3. The bloom is off the Rose. And I don’t mean Lisa Bloom.

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  4. Women were never treated with more contempt than in the hippie era, perhaps the worst social era for them of all time. Rose is just another testosterone totem of those years,as a male I'm sad to say. His nostalgia for Woodstock kultur is in his last statement of passive voice disappointment that women now are not like then. He was clearly mislead as a youth. And, Like Harvey said, he just got used to it, through no fault of his own.
    His apologies are weak because he doesn't think they are necessary. He is a victim too, after all.

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  5. The creeps were always out there, but women had men to protect them and mothers who taught them to be nice girls.

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  6. President Truman was very open that he loved only one woman, his wife Bess, and had from the time they met when he was about 6 years old. When invited to see the movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" by columnist Leonard Lyons, Truman said, "Real gentlemen prefer grey." No scandals there (even with Bacall on the piano).

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  7. Maybe Charlie has watched too many Hollywood movies where the guy puts his hand on the woman's thigh or walks out of the shower totally naked and the woman surrenders her "virtue" to the man. That's Hollywood fiction, Charlie, not real life.

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    1. You had to live through the 60s to understand Rose. If you are too young to remember try watching the Canned Heat rendition of their great song "Going up the Country" on You tube, the Woodstock version. They lyrics also tell a lot.

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  8. Titties! Bare naked titties. Now we're talkin...

    "Live through the Sixties"? WTF does that mean?? I lived through it too and Thank God for that. Once again, the Lunatic Fringe, making excuses. Woodstock was an ungodly and unsanitary mess and, methinks, you are too. Confess your sins.

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  9. Rose's extremely wealthy socialite (who wouldn't marry him) "partner" of twenty four years wasn't cutting it for the old lech. Targeting extremely young women to see if they "put" out for a career entry position is just one of the perks of the entitled elite. Scum.

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  10. The apology was so stiff-necked, you have to figure the Viagra pill got stuck in his throat.

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  11. And another one bites the dust. Another who well deserved to be thrown down from his high place! The blush is off the Rose, so to speak.

    Of course, it just enhances the "men are no good" agenda by the Usual Suspects (can I mention that, now that Spacey has also been exposed?)

    There's a radical agenda I've been thinking about. What about women stay at home, looking after the home & the children, while men go out to work because they can more readily deal with these sort of perverts? Can you imagine it?

    Can't do it, can we. No, women are equal; they can defend themselves- except that they can't and don't.

    I'll do my penance: I'll re-watch "Kill Bill" over & over again until I realize that Women Are Stronger Than Mere Men!

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  12. Celebrity Perv Apology Generator

    https://apologygenerator.com/

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  14. I love the Iowahawk line that Senator Franken "should be judged by a jury of his pervs."

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  15. > I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.

    I too have learned a great deal. About Charlie Rose. That I never wanted to know. And the ick factor. It hurts.

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