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Award given to Charlie Rose at KU might be rescinded following sexual misconduct allegations

In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Charlie Rose participates in the "CBS This Morning" panel at the CBS 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

As esteemed journalist Charlie Rose joins a growing list of media personalities accused of sexual misconduct, questions have arisen about whether an award given to him at the University of Kansas will be rescinded.

In a statement provided to the Journal-World on Tuesday, KU journalism dean Ann Brill said she had heard from "several trustees of the William Allen White Foundation who want to rescind the National Citation that the Foundation gave Rose earlier this year.”

A spokeswoman for KU's School of Journalism said later Tuesday that a ballot had been sent to each of the members of the White Foundation Board of Trustees to decide the matter. The board’s decision is expected to be released on Monday.

"The allegations against Charlie Rose are beyond disturbing,” Brill said. “I admire the women who have the courage to speak out and say, ‘No more.’ We have to make it safe for everyone to do their jobs.”

Rose was fired from his job at CBS Tuesday following allegations in a Washington Post story Monday that he made lewd and unwanted advances, including nudity and groping, to at least eight women, many of whom worked with him on his popular PBS interview show, "Charlie Rose."

Rose, 75, who co-hosted "CBS This Morning," apologized for his “inappropriate behavior,” while denying the accuracy of some of the allegations. In a statement posted on Twitter, he said:

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”

"It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” the statement continued. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."

Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, told the Journal-World that he was among the William Allen White Foundation trustees who thought Rose's award should be rescinded.

“The National Citation is a coveted award among our nation’s journalists, and its recipients must be held to the highest standards of professional conduct," Anstaett said in an email. "Unfortunately, we now know Charlie Rose failed to meet those standards.”

The William Allen White Citation is an annual award given at KU to an American journalist who exemplifies the ideals of service, professionalism and community embodied by renowned Kansas newspaperman William Allen White, according to the White Foundation's website.

Previous winners have included Bob Woodward, Leonard Pitts, Gwen Ifill, Candy Crowley, Bob Dotson and many others.

Last April, journalist Bob Schieffer accepted the award on behalf of Rose, who could not travel to Lawrence because of health reasons.

Schieffer said in his speech that the White Foundation “couldn’t have made a better choice."

Other media personalities accused of sexual misconduct recently have included star New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, NBC analyst Mark Halperin, NPR news chief Michael Oreskes, Fox News host Eric Bolling, Fox host Bill O'Reilly and Fox CEO Roger Ailes, among others.

Brian Bracco, chairman of the William Allen White Foundation, could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.

Comments

Nathan Anderson

The Ministry of Truth hard at work. You gave the award. Sharpen your pitchfork and condemn all you want but scrubbing history is creepy.

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Armen Kurdian

I'm sure the vast majority of the complaints are true against all of these folks, including Roy Moore...I hope no one is trying to capitalize and making false or overly exaggerated accusations, because that just sets everything back when that happens.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

It's called safety in numbers. Women have been afraid to come forth before, but now that the damn has broken, they can open up.

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Harlan Hobbs

Too bad we can't rescind the Bill Clinton presidency!

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Bob Summers

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Bob Summers

I see facts are offensive.

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Richard Aronoff

Back when a former president was being serviced by an intern in the oval office, we were told to "move on." It was a personal matter and, besides, everybody does it. Based on the news of the last six weeks, it would appear everybody does do it.

Still, whether it be on the left or the right, I do experience waves of schadenfreude when some sanctimonious, finger-wagger gets knocked of the soap box.

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Bob Summers

Why is this surprising?

These types of people are intellectually above us menials.

We do not have the profound capacity to comprehend their complex reasoning.

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Justin Hoffman

Will liberal women organize another march?

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Bob Summers

lol

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Actually, yes.

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Richard Aronoff

They'll get around to including FGM in their protest? They left that out of the last Women's March.

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Gary Stussie

Getting hard to tell us Deplorables from the rest of the players!

Tickles me to see these celebrates being trashed. They make fortunes bombarding the public with violent movies, music and video games ... then lead the call for gun control. They make their livings hyper-sexualizing every aspect of life and then demand the head of anybody who responds in kind.

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, ...".John Dalberg-Acton

Hilary and Waters are examples that suggest the same applies to powerful women as well.

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Bob Summers

Why aren't Liberals protecting women by eliminating the sexual predator in the fetal stage?

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