Uniquely among the broadcast network evening newscasts, the NBC Nightly News on Thursday took a moment to recount an appearance by Brandeis University Professor Anita Hill commemorating the 20th anniversary of her Senate testimony making unsubstantiated accusations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for sexually harassing her in the 1980s.
Anchor Brian Williams relayed Hill's contention that "her role in the hearings was worthwhile," before playing a clip of her asserting that her testimony "was not in vain." Below is a complete transcript of the segment from the Thursday, October 6, NBC Nightly News:
BRIAN WILLIAMS: And Anita Hill was back in Washington today, coming up on 20 years since those explosive hearings to confirm Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. The hearings sparked a huge public debate in this country and changed the rules of the American workplace forever. Looking back on it today, she said her role in the hearings was worthwhile.
PROFESSOR ANITA HILL, BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY: I could not be happier than I am right now because I know that that testimony, no matter whatever anyone says, and no matter who sits on the bench today, I know that that testimony was not in vain.
WILLIAMS: Professor Anita Hill today at Georgetown in Washington.