Can CBS really escape Les Moonves' shadow when it was made in its own image?
New details from a 59-page draft report on the former CBS chief's alleged sexual misconduct are damning, says Megan Garber. "Les Moonves will, as one result of the CBS investigation and its findings, very likely leave the network with no severance," she says. "His reputation will very likely never recover. CBS, which was initially so slow to act on the allegations against its leader and against its own culture, will very likely present this outcome as a victory: for #MeToo, for justice, for morality itself. The bad apple removed. The problem solved. But cultures are not easily changed. Broken systems do not simply un-break themselves. Moonves made CBS in his own image; that means a true reckoning with his behavior—and with that of the network that empowered him—will require much more than a firing enacted and a severance withheld. Bad apples, after all, have their own kind of seeds."
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