Las Vegas, N.M. — where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.
Well, maybe that’s not the perfect description of our Meadow City. But the shock waves are as palpable as if they originated here.
That topic — and others of that ilk — took up part of the time we news personnel devoted to the increasingly frequent reports of various sexual improprieties around the country.
It’s not solely the province of athletes and other superstars; the names that emerge include celebrities and politicians.
A recent report involves Garrison Keillor, he of an enormously popular program, “Prairie Home Companion.” That avuncular, 75-year-old purveyor of clean, wholesome wit and wisdom, is now gone from his Saturday afternoon PBS radio broadcast. Keillor called the reasons for his dismissal “all kind of bewildering.” Most snippets on the firing are sketchy at best, the most common reason given as “improper behavior.”
It saddens a slew of people who’ve set their radio dial on Saturdays to NPR and laughed at some of the comments of the well-known wordsmith.
I joined with fellow members of the Optic’s editorial board to discuss this strange phenomenon in which so many people in the news suddenly face charges of inappropriate conduct.
This isn’t an attempt to be comprehensive but merely to ask whether the plethora of scandals is merely the tip of the iceberg.
And we needn’t go all the way back to the Bill Cosby matter — an issue which needs no further explaining.
There’s the recent Alabama matter in which U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is determined to stay in the race despite some damning allegations that he molested girls in their teens, when he was in his 30s.
Of course Moore denies the allegations. The almost-even split between those who plan to vote for him, as opposed to his Democrat opponent says much about party loyalty as opposed to doing what’s morally right.
And there’s Matt Lauer, who was fired from his position as host of the “Today” show, amid accusations of sexual harassment.
And also Bill O’Reilly, the erstwhile promotor of whatever is extreme right in our country.
Reports reveal Fox News gave O’Reilly a big contract after he was sued for $32 million by a colleague who threatened to sue him for alleged sexual misconduct. Continue reading