I think Les Moonves is the most highly overrated person in television. – Donald J. Trump 1/15/2004
FoxNews.com reports that
CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves has resigned after at least 12 women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct in a pair of New Yorker articles authored by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow.
In a statement released Sunday evening, CBS said that Moonves would depart his position as chairman, president and CEO “effective immediately.” COO Joseph Ianniello was announced as president and acting CEO “while the Board conducts a search for a permanent successor.”
The network also announced that it and Moonves would donate $20 million to organizations that support “that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace.” The $20 million would come out of any compensation Moonves is due to receive following the conclusion of an ongoing investigation into the allegations against him.
Moonves’ future at CBS came into question in July, when Farrow published an expose in the New Yorker detailing allegations from six women. This week, multiple news outlets reported that Moonves was negotiating a possible exit with independent directors of CBS’ board.
Then on Sunday, the New Yorker published claims against Moonves by six more women. Some alleged he forced them to perform oral sex on him, forcibly kissed them, exposed himself to unwilling participants and put the careers of those that rebuffed his advances in jeopardy.
One of the women, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, reported her accusations to Los Angeles police last year, but they weren’t pursued because of the statute of limitations. She said that Moonves, while an executive at the Lorimar production studio in the late 1980s, pushed her head into his lap and forced her to perform oral sex.
At another time, she said an angry Moonves pushed her hard against a wall. When she resisted later advances, she began to be frozen out at the company, she said.
“He absolutely ruined my career,” she told the magazine.
Another woman, Jessica Pallingston, said Moonves had forced her to perform oral sex on her first day working as his assistant at Warner Bros. productions. Other women told the magazine of unwanted touching or advances by Moonves.
In a statement to the magazine, Moonves said the “appalling accusations” are untrue, but he acknowledged consensual relations with three of the women before he started working at CBS.
Ironically, Moonves was once a prominent voice in Hollywood’s growing “#MeToo” movement. As the initial New Yorker article reported, he helped found the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which is chaired by Anita Hill.
The organization Time’s Up, which fights accusations of sexual misconduct, said the women had made “bone-chilling” accusations against Moonves. “We believe them,” Times’ Up said in a statement on Sunday.
Time’s Up said the CBS board has a responsibility to rid the company of a toxic culture toward women.
“Remember that the world is watching,” the statement said. “We will accept nothing less than full transparency of the investigation’s findings, a commitment to real change across all levels of CBS management and no reward for Les Moonves.”
Moonves is the first network executive to lose his job over revelations related to the “#MeToo” movement, which was sparked by reports about movie producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017. People like Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey have lost work over allegations that came to light in the months that followed.
Moonves’ departure does not mark the first time “#MeToo” has touched the Tiffany Network. Rose, a former host of “CBS This Morning” and “60 Minutes” contributor, has been accused of sexual misconduct by 27 women, 14 of whom worked with him at CBS. He was fired by CBS and PBS late last year.
The network is also investigating Jeff Fager, former CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” on charges that he condoned a hostile atmosphere to women.
For those of you who are too young to remember Anita Hill, whom the above article references, her claim to fame happened this way…
Shortly before the U.S. Senate was to vote on his (Clarence Thomas’) nomination to the Supreme Court in October 1991, Hill charged Thomas with sexually harassing her when she worked for him at the Department of Education and then at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), by asking her out and forcing her to listen to obscene talk.
The Godfather of Conservative Talk Radio, Rush Limbaugh, remembers it well.
They (The Democratic Party Hierarchy)made up the sexual harassment business with Anita Hill when it looked like Thomas was gonna be confirmed. That was a plan, for those of you that were not old enough or paying attention back then, that plan was hatched by the wife of Illinois senator Paul Simon.
I mean, they totally ginned up this sexual harassment business on Thomas, and it totally took over the hearings, and it nearly derailed Thomas’ nomination. And I remember I was wall-to-wall on that. From the moment it happened I was wall-to-wall on it and I didn’t stop until it was beaten back. This was before Fox News. This was before widespread cable news, widespread talk radio. It was vicious, it was Bork-like. And it was made up.
It actually turned out that there were inconsistencies in Ms. Hill’s story and it did not help her case that she followed Clarence Thomas from job to job.
The Main Stream Media and the Hollywood Liberals swallowed Anita Hill’s story hook, line, and sinker with HBO even making a movie from her point of view which aired in 2016.
Isn’t it funny how things have come back to bite all of the self-righteous Liberals in the Entertainment Industry right in the gluteus maximus?
From the moment that the revelations about Hollywood Producer and star maker Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose to Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw and now, Les Moonves, the warm feelings of schadenfreude have brought a smile on my face.
Since Donald J. Trump first announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States of America, the MSM and the Entertainment Industry have been accusing President Trump of being the biggest Lothario since Adam took a bite out of an apple offered to him by a naked woman.
Their desperation to bring down a sitting President transcended the bounds of broadcast journalism to the point to where broadcast news outlets now resemble a revolutionary faction vying for power in Venezuela.
This desperation has led them to publish unsubstantiated lie after unsubstantiated lie in order to assuage their own still hurt feelings over their failure to aid lousy Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton in her quest to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
The depth of their grief and the blind rage of their ensuing temper tantrum has, without a doubt, wiped out any vestiges of journalistic integrity that remained after decades of being the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party.
The funny thing is, that during all of those decades of Liberal Self-righteousness, CBS, NBC and other Liberal Show Biz Organizations were condoning sexual harassment and intolerance in their own corporate confines.
The same bunch of “morally superior” East and West Coast Liberals, who have been insulting and talking down to average Americans, from their positions of notoriety and power, simply because we believe in Traditional American Faith and Values and we would not swallow the Kool-aid they we offering during the 2016 Presidential Campaign and elected Donald J Trump as President, instead of the Queen of Mean, knew all along about the debauchery going on both behind closed doors and out in their open in their places of business.
It takes a special sort of hypocrite to sit in judgment as their have with all of their sexual harassment baggage neatly hidden away…or so they thought.
And now as I wrote earlier, it has all come back to bite them.
Les Moonves is the latest in this #MeToo Virtue Signaling Purge.
However, he won’t be the last.
Pass the popcorn and Diet Coke, Mr. President.
Until He Comes,