RUSH: ‘BRAVE’ Norah O’Donnell And Gayle King Were BLINDSIDED By Charlie Rose

RUSH: Back to CBS This Morning. More Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King as they deal with the reality that the guy sharing a chair on their set is a sexual abuser and pervert.

O’DONNELL: This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women. Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive. And I’ve been doing a lot of listening, and I’m gonna continue to do that. This I know is true: Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility. This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong, period.

RUSH: So they’re throwing Charlie Rose overboard on the CBS This Morning show today with Norah O’Donnell making it clear that this unacceptable, will not be tolerated. She’s sending the message there’s no way this guy’s coming back here, I don’t care what happens, I don’t care where he goes to rehab, I don’t care how many apologies, I don’t care how many admissions, he’s not coming back here. She is making it abundantly clear that she didn’t know. Right. Up next is Gayle King. This is the BFF of The Oprah. And she was especially pained at the revelations.

KING: I got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night, both my son and my daughter called me, Oprah called me and said, “Are you okay?” I am not okay. After reading that article in the Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling, and painful for me to read. That said, I think we have to make this matter to women, the women that have spoken up, the women who have not spoken up because they’re afraid. I’m hoping that now they will take the step to speak out, too, that this becomes a moment of truth. To be very honest with you, I’m still trying to process all of this. I’m still trying to sort it out, because this is not the man I know, but I’m also clearly on the side of the women who have been very hurt and very damaged by this.

RUSH: You know, if they didn’t know, this had to be shocking. And I think they’re telling the truth too. I don’t think they knew. I think they were blindsided by this. I’ll tell you, folks, I totally understand both of these women, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King. I can understand Gayle King being so upset she only got an hour and a half sleep. I can totally understand it. You have to realize that all of these people are in the same club, and there are rivalries and jealousies, but it’s them against us and they’re unified in that regard. And they hold each other in the highest of esteem ideologically, being on that same team, the left-wing, liberalism, same team.

And to have this surface, there is no question this totally shocked them and undid them. This is not the kind of thing that they think goes on in their immediate circles. I think it was very brave of these women to tackle this today as openly and as up front and as courageously as they did. They had all kinds of choices. They could have ignored it. Yes, they could have. Doesn’t matter. Get somebody else to sit in the chair. They could have ignored it. The suits at CBS could have said, “We’re not making this any worse. We not gonna acknowledge Charlie Rose being –” that would have been the old-fashioned way of dealing with this.

He’s not here. You don’t address it. Every day we look forward. We don’t talk about what happened last night to our own people. There are any number of ways to have ignored this but they tackled it head on. And not only that, they made it abundantly clear he’s not coming back. He is not welcome back.

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