When sexual misconduct allegations were leveled against other men, disgraced journalist Charlie Rose, now facing similar accusations, weighed in on several occasions.
Revisiting Rose's previous reactions to such stories is a disturbing exercise, one that makes you wonder whether he was incapable of recognizing the problems with his own behavior or was shameless enough to exhibit public support for others' accusers while hoping his apparent victims would stay quiet.
CNN has a round-up of some of those moments, one of which came as recently as October, when Rose participated in an interview with Jodi Kantor of the New York Times, who broke the story on Harvey Weinstein. Ironically, Rose wondered, "What should be the conversation now about sexual harassment?" perhaps inadvertently previewing his own downfall.
Around three and a half minutes into this interview from November, Rose asked a panel of Kantor, Emily Steel, and Katie Benner what "the emerging definition" of sexual harassment was, wondering how corporations and institutions were evolving amid such "historic change." Given that he's apologized for at least some "inappropriate behavior," it's remarkable to imagine Rose sat through that segment without realizing he could ultimately be in serious trouble.
Discussing Weinstein with Tina Brown, according to CNN, Rose inquired, "Why didn't this come out sooner?" and "What happens to him now?"
Newsbusters dug up a 2016 interview Rose conducted with Amy Schumer where the pair discussed sexual assault allegations. One of Rose's remarks almost looks eerily prescient in retrospect — Rose even dropped the words "me too," now the rallying cry of women reporting allegations of misconduct just like those made against him. "It is extraordinary when you see somebody come out and make an accusation and then all of a sudden, you know, especially if it's with somebody well-known, all of a sudden you see people who have experienced the same thing and stepped forward to say, ‘Me too. But I was afraid to speak out,'" Rose said (emphasis added).
Rose disputes the accuracy of some of the accusations, but, again, in his apology implicitly admits to at least some of the alleged behavior. It's hard not to wonder whether the now-fired anchor was asking about the definition of sexual harassment for the audience's benefit or for his own.
In conclusion, I'll just borrow one of the questions he posed previously and ask, "Why didn't this come out sooner, Charlie?"