The City University of New York’s graduate school of journalism has rescinded a lifetime achievement award given to Charlie Rose in 2010, the school announced today.
“Our decision to revoke our award comes with the overwhelming support of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni,” said an announcement from dean Sarah Bartlett and associate dean Andrew Mendelson.
“We are acting not just to condemn his behavior, which is unconscionable and violates the ethical standards we hold sacred as journalists. We are also making a statement regarding the larger cultural forces that discourage women from coming forward with legitimate complaints in the first place and that have prevented them from succeeding as journalists in the longer run.”
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Rose was fired by CBS News from CBS This Morning and 60 Minutes, and his self-titled PBS show canceled, following last month’s Washington Post report that eight women had accused the veteran journalist of “unwanted sexual advances.”
CUNY’s take-back of its achievement award comes after similar moves from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the University of Kansas’ School of Journalism.
“Rose’s lifetime achievements were made possible, in part, by the contributions of the very women he reportedly abused,” reads the CUNY statement. “It is not possible to separate what was viewed as his excellent journalism from his behavior toward these women. And it would be wrong for us to allow him to keep his award in that light.”
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