One of the most important societal shifts our of lifetimes has been occurring in 2018, as the #MeToo movement pushes a plethora of previously hidden evil to be exposed and atoned for.
The movement itself sprang up after Hollywood’s worst kept secret finally came to light; that mega producer and democratic kingmaker Harvey Weinstein had been habitually sexually abusing an enormous number of starlets who looked to him for a boost to their careers.
Having seen the worst of the worst finally slain, and after the women of America took to Twitter to demonstrate just how widespread this sort of problem truly is, the floodgates were open. Soon an enormous amount of celebrities, media personalities, and politicians were coming under fire…with nearly all of them hailing from the left side of the political spectrum.
Now, yet another liberal-leaning network is getting bludgeoned with accusations.
CBS said Friday it is investigating personal misconduct claims after the company’s chief executive, Les Moonves, was the subject of a New Yorker story detailing sexual misconduct allegations.
The media company said independent members of its board of directors are “investigating claims that violate the company’s clear policies” regarding personal misconduct.
CBS Corp.’s stock fell 6 percent — its worst one-day loss in nearly seven years — as the reports of the misconduct allegations began to circulate around noon Friday, triggering investor concerns Moonves might be forced to step down. The CBS chief has been a towering figure in television for decades, credited with turning around a network that had been mired for years at the bottom ratings.
The New York-based company did not mention Moonves by name but said it issued a statement in response to the New Yorker article, which was published on the magazine’s website late Friday. The article was written by Ronan Farrow, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning story last year for the same magazine uncovering many of the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
As the fallout from the Moonves revelation continues, it is highly possible that even more allegations will surface against the veteran newsman.