But here's what the Post report says: The Washington Post's report about Charlie Rose is a report for the ages.
We'll be perfectly honest. As of perhaps six months ago, we didn't know that anyone ever behaved like this. As it turns out, it now seems that everyone does!
We regard this morning's report as stunning. For today, we'll only mention what Mika Brzezinski has said.
This morning, Mika was ripping and snorting about the report in ways which were largely incoherent, as tends to be her practice. Eventually, though, at 6:29 AM Eastern, she said this:
"Yvette Vega, at CBS, thank you for your apology. You should be promoted for your honesty. You should not be fired."
You can see Mika's fuller remarks on this videotape.
As far as we know, Vega doesn't work at CBS, but that's beside the point. Our point concerns Vega's reported role in this appalling mess.
Mika thinks Vega deserves a promotion. She seems to think that Vega issues an honest apology in today's report.
We're not real big on punishment here; we also won't assess Vega's honesty. But based on that lengthy Post report, Vega played a leading role in Rose's years of craziness and exploitation.
If it were anyone but Mika, it would be stunning to see someone go on TV and praise Vega for her conduct. Our advice would be this:
Search on Vega's name as you read that Post report. Review the five separate places where her 16-year role in this lunacy is described. It seems to us that you're reading about Rose's top enabler/procurer/helpmate.
Below, you see the final passage in which Vega's role is described. We'll highlight the reference to Vegaat the end of this lunatic passage:
CARMON AND BRITTAIN (11/21/17): Kyle Godfrey-Ryan was in her early 20s and had taken time off from her college studies in the mid-2000s when a friend offered to introduce her to Charlie Rose. She was unfamiliar with his show but was soon hired to be his assistant.Who knows? It's possible that Godfrey-Ryan's assessment of Vega may be unfair in some way. But Vega's role in this madness is described that way throughout.
From the beginning, there was a blurring of the boundaries between Rose's professional and private life, she said. On her first day on the job, Rose injured his foot. She tended to him as he recovered.
But soon, Godfrey-Ryan said, he began yelling at her, calling her stupid and incompetent and pathetic.
"He repeatedly attacked her in front of other people," recalled a former producer who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "He once said that because she hadn't gotten a college degree she would never amount to anything better than his secretary."
After the bouts of rage, Godfrey-Ryan said, Rose would often be conciliatory.
"It would usually entail some version of him also touching me," she said. "A hand on the upper thigh. He'd give a hug but touch the side of the breast."
She said she ignored his actions. Then he began calling her as late as midnight and as early as 6 a.m.
"It would be wanting to know details of my sex life," she said. " 'Who's next to you? What do you do? Is he touching you?' And I was like, 'Okay, Charlie, I'll see you tomorrow.' I just acted like it wasn't happening."
She said other calls involved a "very specific, repetitive fantasy" of her disrobing at the Bellport home and swimming "back and forth in the pool in the moonlight" as he watched from his bedroom.
Her boyfriend at the time, now her husband, told The Post that he was often present for these calls but said he did not know what was being discussed. The content of the calls, however, was openly discussed in the office and even joked about, according to Godfrey-Ryan and the producer who worked there at the time.
Godfrey-Ryan also said Rose would repeatedly walk in front of her naked at one of his New York City residences. Her husband confirmed that she complained to him about it at the time.
She said she ignored the nudity. "He was getting more and more frustrated that I wouldn't engage," she said.
Godfrey-Ryan said she reported the touching and the calls to Vega, but nothing happened.
"She just made me feel like I was being a dramatic little girl," Godfrey-Ryan said. She stopped reporting the behavior.
Her apology comes near the beginning of the report, which may explain why Mika read it. But it's all downhill from there.
Watching Mika this morning, you might have thought that Vega was the heroic whistle-blower here. In fact, Vega was outed by the Post report, like Rose, her long-time employer.
Vega does state an apology, but then again, so does Rose.
Mika seems to say that Vega is being honest because she's a woman. At one point, she seems to suggest that no one like Vega turned up in the reports about Harvey Weinstein.
In fact, Weinstein seemed to have a lot of female employees who served as his enablers and procurers, as seems to have been Vega's role. We'll take a wild guess:
Mika never quite got around to reading those reports about Weinstein. We wouldn't assume that she read today's report all the way to the end.
Only in the upper-end American "press corps" could someone actually go on TV and say that Vega deserves a promotion based on today's report! Needless to say, no one questioned what Mika said. Mika and Joe are in charge!
Rose's conduct seems to have been deranged, but so is our collection of pundits, with Mika perhaps the weirdest of all. This has been true for many years, producing death all over the world.
So far, no whistle has been blown about that. Dearest darlings, use your heads! As with Vega, so too here:
It simply isn't done!