CBS, Leslie Moonves, Harassment discussed on It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

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Coverage every day, but they just figured where the exotic land of unfortunate natural catastrophe. So whatever, Eric, I think I know what you're three words gonna be about what you tell me me to an moon viz. That's four. No, no. Who is the hashtag? So it's. The cat. Okay, will allow it. Thank you. Moon vis, tell folks who use. So Leslie Moonves is the currency, o of CBS a man who is credited with sort of building the fortunes of this media company and taking it from a network that was thought to service, you know, older viewers into something that's modern and very successful. There was a story in the New Yorker last week that accused him had features, six women, accusing him of sexual harassment, and worse. Unwanted kissing touching and then harming the careers of women who rejected him. Now, he released a statement where he said he may have made advances that made some people uncomfortable, but he never harmed anybody's career and he has denied assaulting anyone and the CBS board decided to move ahead with an investigation. They hired two law firms to look into it, but they did not take moon Moonves out of his job as CEO put him on leave. They didn't put him on leave or suspend him. And this is a delicate time for CBS because they're already. Ready in the middle of this fight. The company that controls CBS an Viacom, a sister company that owns a bunch of cable channels is trying to merge. The two of them Moonves doesn't want to do that. And now in the middle of all of this, a story drops that accuses him of sexual harassment and worse timing is everything. And so all of this is sort of swirling around the TV critics press tour, and we're all wondering if the top entertainment executives CBS will actually answer questions from journalists. The other thing is that what I'm starting to see a lot here a lot in terms of people talking about is that this could be a pivotal point in the metoo movement because some people think it's swung too far. So do you accuse people who's done who've done this twenty years ago? Thirty years ago does is still matter. Where's the tipping point? Now, some people aren't there just spoiling for these women have ruined everything. Let's just stop it. Yeah, but I've, I'm hearing some women say, okay, if you have a person who has been supportive of women in terms of, you know, advancing their careers in two terms of doing the set and the other, and they're accused of this, then what do you do? Jehadis separate the bad boy from the good boy and who's in charge who who was an arbiter, who does this berries even in these organizations who thinks what about what what I found? So interesting this week is the type of responses that we've seen about les Moonves from people who work at CBS Stephen Colbert who works at CBS. He had a very powerful statement on Monday. Everybody believes in accountability until it's their guy and make no mistake. Let's move. As is my guy. He hired me to sit in this chair. He stood behind this show while we were struggling to find our voice. He gave us the time and the resources to succeed, and he has stood by us when people were. At me and I like working for him. But accountability is meaningless unless it's for everybody, whether it's the leader of a network or the leader of the free world. This brave and contrast that with what Julie Chen said, this is less moon vez his wife who is also the host of a CBS show called the talk. She mentioned the scandal on her show this week. Now, some of you may be aware of what's been going on in my life for the last few days. I issued the one and only statement I will ever make on this topic on Twitter, and I will stand by that statement today tomorrow forever. In this statement, basically said I fully support my husband in stand behind him. Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader. But like how does an organization like CBS? I bet the coffee in break rooms at CBS. Because you have such a juxtaposition within the organization. There's a lot unpacked there because Julie Chen number one is somebody who was on on air personality at CBS who wound up married to the boss, and this is a guy is accused of.

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