CBS has been, as soon as once more, hit with allegations of sexism, this time on the Philadelphia affiliate. And CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King isn’t glad together with her community, saying, “CBS hasn’t dealt with” the difficulty effectively on the whole. This is identical community that was rocked when her co-host, Charlie Rose, was fired after sexual abuse allegations. After that, then-CEO Les Moonves was pressured out for misconduct allegations.

This Morning co-host Anthony Mason defined, “Two CBS executives are on administrative go away whereas the corporate appears into alleged racist and sexist conduct reported by The Los Angeles Instances. Peter Dunn, the CBS tv station’s president and David Good friend, Senior Vice President of the information for the stations had been suspended pending a full investigation by mum or dad firm Viacom/CBS.” 

Reporter Jericka Duncan added, “Based on allegations specified by The Los Angeles Instances investigation, Peter Dunn’s administration was hostile, racist and crude.” 

 

Los Angeles Instances reporter Meg James wrote in the paper: “CBS Tv Stations President Peter Dunn and a high lieutenant cultivated a hostile work atmosphere that included bullying feminine managers and blocking efforts to rent and retain Black journalists.” 

Duncan defined the allegations and associated the problematic historical past the community has had with sexual points over the previous few years: 

And in line with the Instances report, Dunn allegedly objected to extending the contract of Rachel Solomon, who’s Ethiopian, and who had changed Thomas, as a result of, quote, “I hate her face.” In a press release to the Instances, Good friend stated, “These feedback I’ve made about our staff or potential hires had been solely primarily based on efficiency or qualification. Not about anybody’s race or gender.” 

Former CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose was terminated over sexual harassment allegations in 2017, allegations which he denied. After his firing, CBS started an investigation into office tradition, permitting staff to share any tales of alleged harassment. A subsequent investigation ultimately led to the firing of then-chairman and CBS CEO Les Moonves who denies all allegations of misconduct. 

King vented about CBS, closing the phase by admitting, “However we haven’t  dealt with it effectively. CBS hasn’t dealt with it effectively.” 

It is one other a kind of instances the place I really feel like we have been right here earlier than, sick of it and sickened by it. The extra you hear the more serious it will get. I am glad The Los Angeles Instances did the story. I am glad that we’re speaking about it. We’re not working from it. However we haven’t dealt with it effectively. CBS hasn’t dealt with it effectively and hopefully new issues will change. It is very, very, very upsetting to me. 

King beforehand expressed annoyance about having to cowl the sexual abuse allegations towards Rose. On May 3, 2018, she scolded, “I do not know what to say about this…. I do not know what extra we are able to do to Charlie Rose besides a public flogging. He is gone…. I’m sick of dealing with it.” 

Talking of the person who allegedly uncovered himself to a number of ladies, grabbed them, and made sexual feedback, the co-host nonetheless referred to as him a pal: “When the story first broke, I stated Charlie was my pal. I nonetheless contemplate him a pal. I do know that is in all probability not the politically appropriate factor to say at this second. However I do not consider in abandoning individuals after they’re down.” 

The next day, underneath stress, she reversed course and concluded, “Let the chips fall the place they might.” Norah O’Donnell, who was a This Morning co-host and is now the anchor of the CBS Night Information, told the Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that Charlie Rose would have “screamed at me” if I confronted him about harassment. 

Kudos to CBS on Tuesday for not less than reporting on themselves and never hiding the continuing controversy. 

A transcript of the phase is beneath. Click on “increase” to learn extra. 

CBS This Morning
1/26/2021

7:14 AM ET 

ANTHONY MASON: Two CBS executives are on administrative go away whereas the corporate appears into alleged racist and sexist conduct reported by the Los Angeles Instances. Peter Dunn, the CBS tv station’s president and David Good friend, Senior Vice President of the information for the stations had been suspended pending a full investigation by mum or dad firm Viacom/CBS. Our nationwide correspondent jericka Duncan has the main points. 

JERICKA DUNCAN: Based on allegations specified by The Los Angeles Instances investigation, Peter Dunn’s administration was hostile, racist and crude. Based on authorized papers obtained by the L.A. Instances from a former worker of our Philadelphia station KYW-TV, Dunn referred to veteran reporter Ukee Washington, who’s Black, as jive. One other former worker echoed that declare. Dunn allegedly disparaged Washington usually in line with the L.A. Instances and would say that, quote, “all he does is dance.” In a press release on air final night time, KYW sportscaster Don Bell responded. 

DON BELL: Our Ukee Washington is essentially the most laborious working, genuine caring expert journalist. 
Ukee is our quarterback. He’s the crown jewel of Philly. 

DUNCAN: However the allegedly dangerous rhetoric didn’t cease with Dunn. Based on claims within the Instances report, his lieutenant, Senior Vice President David Good friend additionally disparaged colleagues. He was allegedly essential when KYW employed journalist Brook Thomas as a morning anchor in 2016. Former Mews Director Margaret Cronin described simply to the L.A. Instances a cellphone name with Good friend on Thomas’s second day on air as simply venom and profanity. He screamed, “Inform her to close the f-up.” Thomas, who’s Black, was let go simply months later.  

BROOKE THOMAS: Now we have spent the final two weeks collectively for the final two years. 

DUNCAN: And in line with the Instances report, Dunn allegedly objected to extending the contract of Rachel Solomon, who’s Ethiopian, and who had changed Thomas, as a result of, quote, “I hate her face.” In a press release to the Instances, Good friend stated, “These feedback I’ve made about our staff or potential hires had been solely primarily based on efficiency or qualification. Not about anybody’s race or gender.” 

Former CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose was terminated over sexual harassment allegations in 2017, allegations which he denied. After his firing, CBS started an investigation into office tradition, permitting staff to share any tales of alleged harassment. A subsequent investigation ultimately led to the firing of then-chairman and CBS CEO Les Moonves who denies all allegations of misconduct. Allegations towards Peter Dunn got here up throughout investigations into office tradition in 2019. 

Former KYW supervisor Brian Kennedy stated Dunn fired him for cooporating with the investigation. CBS launched a press release to the L.A. Instances this week saying they have not had any complaints towards Dunn since. On Sunday night time, CBS leisure group George cheeks met with management with the Nationwide Affiliation of Black Journalists. Afterwards, NABJ stated in a press release that “for the corporate’s tradition to be reworked, it should start with the firing of Dunn and Good friend.” In an inside e-mail Monday, cheeks promised to foster and preserve a optimistic inclusive office. The community additionally dedicated to an impartial investigation of the allegations raised within the Instances and stated is it might take acceptable motion in a public assertion saying Dunn and Good friend’s suspensions. For CBS this morning, Jericka Duncan. 

MASON: In his public assertion, George cheeks stated, “CBS is dedicated to a various, inclusive and respectful office the place all voices are heard. Claims are investigated and acceptable motion is taken the place needed.” We have reached out to Peter Dunn and David Good friend for remark however haven’t heard again. 

GAYLE KING: It is one other a kind of instances the place I really feel like we have been right here earlier than, sick of it and sickened by it. The extra you hear the more serious it will get. I am glad the Los Angeles Instances did the story. I am glad that we’re speaking about it. We’re not working from it. However we haven’t  dealt with it effectively. CBS hasn’t dealt with it effectively and hopefully new issues will change. It is very, very, very upsetting to me. 

MASON: The L.A. Instances story may be very upsetting. 

KING: It’s. It’s. We will do higher and we’re higher than this and actions communicate louder than phrases.