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Nov. 27, 2017 — The unintended consequence of a scandal

Charlie Rose, to my mind, is one of the five greatest interviewers in the history of media. Indeed, when I taped my first episode of Inside The Circle back in 2012, I modeled the segment on his PBS long-form interview show.

Rose, however, has been swept up by a widening tornado of scandal which has befallen public figures over the last several months when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual abuse.

These kinds of scandals have taken on various degrees of magnitude over the years. There have been charges leveled at some day care centers, the Roman Catholic Church, the football coaching staff at Penn State University, and at least nine people in the American field hockey community.

But this most recent boomlet of scandals has dealt with powerful people — exclusively men — who have developed a sense of invincibility because of stature and access to capital.

Harvey Weinstein, for example, was the single biggest entertainment mogul for the last 20 years in Hollywood. But his world collapsed under the weight of numerous sexual harassment allegations.

Recent scandal has also has befallen politicians such as Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Minnesota Senator Al Franklin, and Michigan Congressman John Conyers, amongst others.

Rose was supposed to be above all of this, as a respected journalist who was hired five years ago to bring back hard news to the 7-9 a.m. broadcast window. That is, until his name was brought up by nearly a dozen women as a harasser.

Decades of hard work, undone in less than two days since the original story broke in The Washington Post. Rose was not only fired from the morning news, but two other networks cut ties with him.

This very morning, the third story on his former news program was about the announcement of the engagement of Prince Harry of England to an American actress. It was the kind of tabloid fodder which was blissfully absent when Rose was with the program.

I weep for the profession.

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