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The co-hosts of CBS This Morning on Wednesday celebrated Gayle King’s selection for the Time 100 Most Influential People list. John Dickerson read the gushing tribute by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, hailing the “all-time great” King. DuVernay praised, “What most don’t understand about Gayle is that this perfected proximity to others is a superpower that the best journalists possess.”
Not-exactly showcasing humility, the CBS crew read the fawning praise to King as she sat on set with her co-hosts and Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal. He oddly singled out King “standing up for the same transparency here at CBS” in regard to the sexual harassment and abuse allegations against former CBS host Charlie Rose and ex-CEO Les Moonves.
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Though she has called out CBS on some occasions, King also expressed her irritation at having to cover the sexual abuse allegations against Moonves: On September 11, 2018, she whined, “I'm sick and sick of the story and sickened the by everything that we keep hearing.” King praised, “Les Moonves has done wonderful things for this company and we can't forget that either.”
In May of 2018, the co-host publicly declared how “sick” she was of covering the allegations against “my friend” (and co-host) Rose. (Rose was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.)
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As for her journalism, King is a woman who is a Democratic donor. She attended then-President Obama’s birthday party and vacationed with the family. The co-host is also lobbying for liberal Oprah Winfrey to run for president in 2020 against Donald Trump.
Is that the kind of objectivity Time and CBS should be praising?
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JOHN DICKERSON: This morning, Time magazine is revealing its list of 100 most influential people. The magazine created a special series of covers for the issue. Ten-time...
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