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Will The University of the South in Sewanee rescind Doctorate to Sexual harasser Charlie Rose

Will The University of the South in Sewanee rescind Doctorate to Sexual harasser Charlie Rose
Two Journalism Schools have rescinded their awards to Rose

By David W. Virtue, DD
Nov. 27, 2017

On May 6-8, 2016 The University of the South in Sewanee, the Episcopal Church's only university, awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane letters to Charlie Rose, anchor and executive editor of "Charlie Rose" and co-anchor of "CBS This Morning."

The now outed sexual harasser of women had a lot of advice to offer the class of 2016, including "being humble, dreaming big, and being crazy." He was described as "the architect of American culture".

"I say today as I say in any forum, before any audience and given any opportunity, as I have sat in that darkened room talking to people -- that there are common denominators to the human experience, and we share a range of emotions, from hope to fear, love to jealously. Ambition and complacency. Affirmation and betrayal. Birth and death. These are Shakespearian themes, but they're also life themes and they will be the themes of your life," Rose said.

The question now is will John McCardell Jr. Vice-Chancellor and President of the liberal Episcopal university known for its endorsement of pansexuality, withdraw its honor to Rose?

The New York Times reported that two colleges decided on Friday to withdraw their recent journalism honors for the sexually harassing Rose.

Arizona State University's journalism school announced it was rescinding the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, named after the longtime CBS Evening News anchor, that it gave to Rose in 2015.

In a statement, Christopher Callahan, dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State, said he believed Mr. Rose's alleged assaults on women were "so egregious that they demand nothing less than a reversal of history."

This was the first time the university had rescinded the award since it started to bestow it in 1984. They haven't rescinded the Cronkite Award they gave to Brian Williams.

"In rescinding this award, we hope to send an unequivocal message that what Mr. Rose did is unacceptable and that such behavior -- far too common in not just media companies but many organizations -- must stop," Callahan added.

Also on Friday, the University of Kansas journalism school said it was taking back its William Allen White National Citation, which it gave Rose this year. Journalism school dean Ann Brill felt Rose no longer matched the award's citation: "An American Journalist Who Exemplifies William Allen White Ideals in Service to His Profession and His Community."

Tim Graham of Newsbusters https://www.newsbusters.org contributed to this story.

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