CBS’ Morley Safer Emails Distaste for Old Club’s New Policy

By Molly Stark Dean 

CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer is trying to keep the old traditions of the Century Association alive by keeping its ties with an all-male club in London, The New York Times reports today.

Safer wrote emails, obtained by the Times, to the organization describing the slippery slope this separation could go down:

What will be next? Disassociation with clubs that do not cater to vegans on their menus? Kosher dining rooms? Special facilities for nudists and transsexuals? Abolition of ‘Centurion’ to describe our members, given that the term is, according to the OED, derived from the all-male Roman army?

The 78-year-old CBS correspondent described an important female member of the group as “whining,” “self-pitying” and “vindictive.”

Safer affirmed that he had written the emails, but told the paper, “I am sorry this has become public. This is a private matter among club members.”