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Limbaugh Suggests Charlie Rose Coverup: How Could Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King ‘Not Know?’

Early Tuesday, CBS This Morning co-hosts Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King delivered strong, emotional comments in the wake of reports alleging multiple incidents of sexual harassment against their (now former) colleague Charlie Rose.

But was it all an act? One major conservative media figure is suggesting that may be the case.

On his syndicated radio show Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh (in audio flagged by Media Matters) expressed skepticism that O’Donnell and King were, in fact, truly oblivious to the allegations against Rose.

“You telling me they didn’t know?” Limbaugh said. “They claim they didn’t know. How can that be? They’re journalists! They’re supposed to be curious! How can they not know?!”

The radio host seemed to back off just a bit as he continued — allowing, at least, for the possibility that the CBS This Morning co-hosts were in the dark about Rose’s alleged misconduct. But Limbaugh also went on to suggest that O’Donnell and King might have been covering up for their former colleague, in an effort to protect Rose and the show as a whole.

“If they didn’t [know], fine,” Limbaugh said. “If they did know, and decided, ‘You know, we can’t do anything with this. Charlie’s our guy. He’s on our show here. He’s one of us. Got to protect us, and so forth.’ If they did know, what does it say about the phony tears today? If they knew, the tears were phony.”

Listen above, via Premiere Networks.

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