The Main Event – November 22, 2017
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This week’s show starts out with tributes to the people we’ve lost this week: Malcolm Young of AC/DC, actress/singer Della Reese, and former teen idol David Cassidy. Ed also reminds everyone that the number to call for home loans only is (855) 6402-2020; to give your opinion on the show, please call the listener hotline.
Then it’s on to the number one news item of the season, sexual harassment, for the full hour.
Accusations Against Democrats Continue
While Democrats want to pretend Republican Roy Moore in Alabama is the only one being accused, the list of Democrats who have allegations against them continues to grow. Surprise surprise…Leeann Tweeden isn’t the only woman coming forward to accuse Franken – and unlike Tweeden, this woman was touched by Franken after he became a United States Senator. Lindsay Menz reached out to CNN hours after Tweeden made her story public, saying she wanted to share an “uncomfortable” interaction with Franken in 2010 that left her feeling “gross” at the Minnesota State Fair. Ed Alert: “I think Franken has put enough evidence out there that he does this stuff.”
And there’s a new Democrat facing allegations this week: Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, who reportedly propositioned congressional aides who worked for him, one of whom he settled with for $27,000 in 2015. Since Conyers is a dinosaur who has been in Congress since 1965, that segues to a “slightly altered” clip from Jurassic Park for some comic relief. Ed Alert: “These guys want to act like they’re pillars of strength in the community, but clearly that isn’t the case. Who you are in public needs to be who you are.”
And Then There’s Charlie Rose
As you may have heard, veteran TV journalist Charlie Rose has just lost both his TV shows because of the allegations against him. You probably know Charlie Rose as the guy on PBS who does boring interviews with people in a dark room; he’s also on CBS This Morning with Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King. But for eight of the women who worked for him, Rose is their boss who walks around naked and badgers them for sex. Eight women told The Washington Post that Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence or groping their private areas. In Rose’s apology statement, he said “I always felt I was pursuing shared feelings.” Ed Alert: “That reminds me of a scene from Thelma and Louise” – it’s a scene where Louise tells a man attacking Thelma, “In the future, when a woman’s crying like that, she’s not having any fun.” Who was having fun, though, were the women who saw David Cassidy at a concert Ed caught a few years back. He tells the story as a tribute to the late teen idol.
What about Bill Clinton?
Finally, some of those speaking out about the sexual harassment phenomenon are bringing Bill Clinton into the conversation. This month, New York Times writer David Brooks said that if “you don’t draw lines in these big cases (like Clinton’s Lewinsky scandal 20 years ago), then you won’t draw the line in these little cases.” Ironically, Brooks said this on the Charlie Rose show!
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York and the member who now holds Hillary Clinton’s former seat, said that Bill Clinton should have resigned from the presidency after the Lewinsky scandal 20 years ago – then tried to walk it back a bit later, of course. The question the Times asked Gillibrand was only in regards to the Lewinsky scandal, and Hillary’s response to her was “This was a very difficult time in our marriage and for our country, as I’ve written about before.” Ed Alert: “I have a few questions. Which time was the difficult time in their marriage: Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broderick, Paula Jones? I could go on and on.” Speaking of, Ed is recapping the story of Kathleen Willey. “She asked to see President Clinton to see if she could get a paid gig in the White House because she and her husband were having financial problems, and he proceeds to take her into a private part of the Oval Office and sexually assault her.”
Final thoughts: “If you’re not a good guy when nobody’s looking, you’re not a good guy.”
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