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Sexgate: CBS & PBS fired Charlie Rose after 8 women accused him of sexual misconduct, incl. walking around naked

I knew it!
Years ago, when I first saw Charlie Rose on PBS, before he became CBS This Morning‘s anchor, I took an instant visceral dislike of him, not because of his political ideology (of which I knew little), but because I found his faux sincerity creepy.

Yesterday, The Washington Post reports that eight women told the newspaper that Charlie Rose had made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, and groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.
The women, who ranged in age from 21 to 27 at the time of Rose’s lewd behaviors, were either employees or aspired to work for Rose at PBS’s Charlie Rose show. The incidents took place from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. Rose is 75, which means he was 69 years old in 2011.
According to the Washington Post, “rumors about Rose’s behavior have circulated for years.
Jeremy Derard reports for Deadline (via MSN), Nov. 20, 2017:

There are striking commonalities in the accounts of the women, each of whom described their interactions with Rose in multiple interviews with The Post. For all of the women, reporters interviewed friends, colleagues or family members who said the women had confided in them about aspects of the incidents. Three of the eight spoke on the record.”

Below is Rose’s statement in response to the women’s accusations:

“In my 45 years in 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 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.
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.”


CBS News has fired Charlie Rose; PBS also parted ways with Rose shortly after the CBS decision.
Today, Nov. 21, CBS News executives sent staffers an email memo, which was obtained by Fox News. The memo says:

“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.
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….
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….”


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Bill Nye becomes science warrior in Netflix series

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It’s Hollyweird…a faux scientist can become a real one in the land of make believe.
From CNN: Can Bill Nye really save the world? Probably not by preaching to the choir, which doesn’t make his half-hour Netflix show “Bill Nye Saves the World” any less noteworthy as a breezy blow struck on behalf of science, despite a few structural miscalculations.
The title alone speaks volumes: Premiering more than 20 years after “Bill Nye the Science Guy” started on PBS, the new series is pitched primarily toward adults, casting the bow-tie-wearing Nye as an advocate and science warrior, trying to beat back the anti-scientific thought and quackery that’s prevalent, especially within the political sphere.
Nye turns his attention to a different topic in each installment. They include the need to vaccinate children, the reality of climate change (inevitably) and applying a “Quack-O-Meter” to alternative medicines.
The episodes feature the host engaging in low-key, roundtable discussions with experts, and also taped pieces — dispatching a correspondent to India, for example, to document the success vaccination has registered there in preventing polio. Nye’s explanations are clear, simple and often funny, capitalizing on a sort-of nerd-chic personality that’s well suited to the program’s micro-budget, including perhaps the world’s tiniest studio audience.
The producers, however, apparently felt pressure to up the ante on entertainment value, and rather unfortunately chose to add what amount to little comedy sketches to illustrate their points. Those segments range from celebrity cameos (Zach Braff drops by to rail about the climate) to having different actors portray various diseases, modeling T-shirts with names like “POLIO” and “INFLUENZA.”
These vignettes are harmlessly goofy but also wholly unnecessary, feeling like a form of pandering in a series that seeks to arm its audience with greater scientific knowledge.
Like astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nye has a lot to offer at this moment in time, when there’s such a strong, politically motivated culture of science denial. His eagerness to deliver straight talk on these matters — from asking whether vaccinations should be mandatory to lambasting the U.S. for failing to lead on climate change — will surely feel like a tonic to those share his concerns.
While “Bill Nye Saves the World” is a relatively modest enterprise by Netflix’s standards, it is, overall, an admirable addition to its lineup. If it’s not quite a rescue mission, Nye appears to have taken to heart the concept of trying to provide a small beacon of light rather than just cursing the darkness.

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Bill Moyers makes me hurl

Looking at Bill Moyers’ face makes me want to hurl a hairball!
Moyers is 78 years old.
How much longer must taxpayers be forced to subsidize his pompous leftwing drivel on PBS?
Time to put this old cow out to pasture!
H/t Patriot Action Network

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Elmo of Sesame Street sex with 16yo boy

Has our entire world become a cesspool of depravity and degeneracy?

Elmo, the cute red muppet on taxpayer-subsidized PBS’s Sesame Street, or rather the 52-year-old man who supplies the voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash, is accused of pederasty — of having had “inappropriate sexual relations” with an underage 16-year-old boy.

Elmo and Kevin Clash

TMZ has an exclusive report, Nov. 12, 2012, that Clash has taken a leave of absence from the popular children’s show after a 23-year-old man contacted the show’s lawyers claiming he had a sexual relationship with Clash seven years ago, when he was 16 and Clash was 45.

Clash admitted to TMZ he had a relationship with the young man — but insists it only took place AFTER the accuser was an adult.

Sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell TMZ that after the accuser’s initial meeting with Sesame Street, he felt Sesame Workshop’s lawyers were trying to muzzle him, so he lawyered up with Andreozzi and Associates — the firm that represented one of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky child rape case.

On August 15, 2012, Andreozzi fired off a letter to Sesame, accusing the company of trying to “discredit the victim in order to protect its employee and the image of one of its most valuable characters,” adding, “This approach places a greater value on a puppet than the well being of a young man.”

Sesame Workshop officials tell TMZ they’ve determined the allegation of underage sex was unsubstantiated after conducting “a thorough investigation.” They say they never tried to silence the accuser and that they had asked the accuser for evidence supporting his claim, but he never produced it.

The accuser claims to have email — which TMZ obtained — purportedly sent by Clash in which Clash acknowledges they had an affair when the accuser was 16. But Sesame officials, while admitting there were emails between Clash and the accuser for which Clash has been disciplined for inappropriate use of company email, insist the emails don’t suggest there was underage sex.

UPDATE (12/14/2012):

Since I first posted this, three more accusers have come forth against “Elmo” Kevin Clash: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2012/12/10/kevin-clash-elmo-sex-scandal/1758571/


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Showdown: Will Federal Reserve Obey Court Order?

H/T Kelleigh

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Nina Totenberg Feels Sorry For Weiner

Photo of chronologically younger but pre-cosmetic-surgery Nina Totenberg

68-year-old Nina Totenberg is a legal affairs correspondent for the taxpayer-funded National Public Radio and a regular commentator on PBS’ Inside Washington.

On June 17, 2011, Totenberg the liberal went all bleeding heart on disgraced exhibitionist Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY). She said:

“I finally felt sorry for Anthony Weiner at that press conference with people heckling him, making him a further spectacle. The guy was finally resigning. He should be able to resign in public…without people treating it as a spectacle. He’s gone. It just seems incredibly mean.”

Go to NewsBusters for the video.

Gosh, that Totenberg is such a compassionate tender soul!

In 1995, Totenberg wished conservative Senator Jesse Helms and his grandchildren would get AIDS, which is a virtual death sentence. Totenberg told the host of Inside Washington that if there was “retributive justice” in the world, Helms would “get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.”


NPR did nothing.

More than 15 years later, the evil crone remains on NPR’s taxpayers’ payroll.


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Paul Ryan Explains Budget Proposals to PBS News

In case you missed it, on 4/5/2011 PBS News, Judy Woodruff interviewed Paul Ryan about the Republican Budget Proposals.  She went into it in adversarial mode.  In my opinion, he did a fantastic job in explaining the common sense the Republicans have in mind.  
I especially like the Medicare plan.  It makes sense, is more cost effect and will  deliver better medical care.   We had exactly what he’s describing when my husband was a federal employee.  We were offered our choice of about 20 different providers so we got exactly what our family needed.  Our share of the premium was a payroll deduction and we dealt directly with the private insurance company.  Congress did not have say-so in our coverage, which is just as it should be!

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