Charlie Rose and the politics of pussy grabbing

I have been hearing the theme song from “Charlie Rose” playing around in my head since yesterday’s announcement that Mr Rose had been accused of sexually harassing women, some of whom actually worked for Mr Rose’s production company. The announcement caught many off guard given the genteel persona that Mr Rose exhibits during his show where he interviews high-profile figures including heads of state, writers, actors, and the occasional activist.

I was one of those that grimaced upon hearing the news. “Really? No way, man.” But pushing back a minute I had to say to myself, “Well. Why not him?” Mr Rose, given his decades as a journalist, is a powerful figure. A man whose brand is distributed by Bloomberg, PBS, and CBS has garnered considerable leverage over the years. One bad world from him could end a career before it even started.  He made a number of his employees feel apprehensive, trapped, and violated. His actions paint a textbook case for on the job harassment.

What is being downplayed is the increase in women coming forward with claims of sexual harassment by men. I saw a comment on Facebook posing the question, “Why now and why so many?” I believe there is a political motive behind what appears to be a recent rise in allegations, an emerging wave that started back on 8 November 2016. I believe what we are seeing here is a messaging campaign from the left that is now back firing.

Donald Trump’s crass attitude about women was put on display during the last election cycle when he was seen and heard on a video describing his “Grab ’em by the pussy” approach to women. This and other displays of perceived insensitivity to race and gender makes Mr Trump public enemy number one to progressives who have been calling for his impeachment before he even took the oath of office.

How then to get rid of him? In politics, the number one weapon is persuasion and I believe that the messaging machine is using sexual harassment as both fuel and output to paint a picture that America’s unsafe environment for women is the result of the man the Electoral College put in office in December 2016.

The messaging started with the protest marches in major cities with women’s issues including gender bias and harassment at the core. They then elevated to women coming forward and calling out powerful men for their low-brow deeds.

Unfortunately for the progressives, their messaging is causing collateral damage. They did not expect Hollywood to take a hit, the very same Hollywood that has been at the forefront criticizing the President for insensitive policies towards women, immigrants, blacks, and gays. They did not expect that the cancer of harassment was lurking behind their very walls where studio owners and producers would be called on the red carpet for their inappropriate sexual behavior.

Mr Rose’s behavior was no secret based on the accounts in The Washington Post, whose account of Mr Rose’s misgivings is very detailed and well investigated. Definitely not a hit piece written overnight which should be expected since The Post ended up exposing one of their own.

I think there will be more collateral damage. The accusations will not stop. The ultimate collateral damage will be incurred by progressives who thought that only old, fat white men who vote Republican would take the heat.

One thought on “Charlie Rose and the politics of pussy grabbing

  1. Alton, you’re probably right:

    “I believe there is a political motive behind what appears to be a recent rise in allegations, an emerging wave that started back on 8 November 2016. I believe what we are seeing here is a messaging campaign from the left that is now back firing.”

    As I remember it, the Trump video you cite was released near the end of the campaign at a time when the GOP appeared to be trying to resurrect the “ghost” of Bill Clinton’s bad behavior toward women. Making that video public actually appeared to work, as the GOP never unleashed it’s fury on Bill after that for his “bad acts”.

    The fact that so many women have serious complaints against so many men is very disturbing nonetheless, and needs to be dealt with somehow. I’m not sure how. There is a “boys will be boys” mentality in our society that won’t go away.

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