CBS anchor Gayle King, host of "CBS This Morning," belives some due process should be restored to the #MeToo movement and that men should not be unfairly maligned or marginalized due to the actions of a few bad apples.
As the #MeToo movement swept across Hollywood and the mainstream media, Gayle King found herself at the center of the firestorm when her colleague, Charlie Rose, got slapped with multiple accusations of sexual harassment. Despite that, King has no ill will toward men in general.
Speaking with The New York Times, King said that the accusations against Charlie Rose have not changed the way she interacts with male colleagues.
"I am not worried about people misinterpreting what I say," she said. "I don’t want to turn myself into a pretzel trying to figure it out. You know when something is inappropriate. Listen, if it’s not something you would say or do in front of your wife or your mother or your sister, that’s a really good guideline."
When asked if she thought a woman should have replaced Charlie Rose in the name of feminist social justice, Gayle King said that men bring a value to the workplace that should not be discarded.
"There are a lot of men in the world; I think it’s good to have one at the table," she said. "I really advocated bringing in another man. Could Norah and I have done it? Yep, but I’m glad that wasn’t the decision that was made."
On the #MeToo movement, Gayle King warned against creating a "hang 'em high" culture where men suffer at the first instance of an accusation.
"I do worry about that, because I think when a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty," she said. "There has to be some sort of due process here. All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same."
In the latter half of the interview, Gayle King touched on the "Black Lives Matter" movement and how she hopes American can have an honest conversation about race, drawing correlations between mass shooters who give themselves up to police and the cases of unarmed black men who die in a rush of confusion or while running from police. She also feels the NFL has unfairly silenced players who used the National Anthem as a form of protest.