On both Wednesday and Thursday, reports and rumors swirled that Megyn Kelly would either depart or be fired by NBC News following controversial remarks about wearing blackface (even though she apologized). Throw in the fact that Kelly changed agents and it’s been a less-than-stellar week for the former Fox News Channel host, who’s stood out from her liberal colleagues and even called out NBC on numerous occasions.
Following a report on Friday’s Today show designed to draw “parallels” between the current Russian investigation of the Trump administration and the Watergate scandal under President Nixon, NBC Senior Correspondent Tom Brokaw actually seemed to caution his media colleagues against making too many comparisons. The veteran journalist noted the lack of evidence against President Trump and warned reporters not to assume guilt.
George Stephanopoulos is still working hard to defend powerful men accused of sexually harassing women. The former Bill Clinton operative turned journalist on Thursday interrogated Linda Vester, the woman who accused Brokaw of unwanted sexual advances and groping. Stephanopoulos, who stood by Clinton as numerous women accused him, lectured Vester: “Tom Brokaw is pretty angry.”
Early last month, CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter was apoplectic that Sinclair Broadcasting Group dared to have anchors on its network of local television outlets read a scripted corporate statement railing against fake news and promising to remain factual in their reporting. Flash forward to Tuesday, May 1, and the latest instance of a media corporation pressuring its journalists involved the women of NBC feeling pressured to sign a letter defending Tom Brokaw, and the network’s reputation, from more sexual misconduct allegations. And on this, Stelter was dead silent.
Just two days after entertainment magazine Variety published former NBC correspondent Linda Vester’s sexual harassment allegations against NBC legend Tom Brokaw, more than 60 women from the network signed their names to a letter defending his character. But on Tuesday, it was revealed that NBC had put tremendous pressure on the women to sign the letter. On Unfiltered that evening, host S.E. Cupp ripped into them for rushing to his defense as two additional women have spoken out.
During Monday morning’s edition of NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today program, the host led an extensive discussion regarding the charges of sexual harassment against Tom Brokaw and had some words of advice for the many women who have signed a letter supporting the former NBC Nightly News anchor. Referring to her experience with the late Roger Ailes, who was the chief executive officer for Fox News until he stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct in July of 2016, Kelly cautioned the NBC News colleagues who signed the letter: “You don’t know what you don’t know.”
Ex-NBC reporter Linda Vester’s allegations that she was sexually harassed by Tom Brokaw makes the former NBC Nightly News anchors past reporting on sexual assault cases (on Bill Clinton, Al Franken and Arnold Schwarzenegger) rather awkward to say the least. The following now-awkward Brokaw moments were culled from MRC’s archives:
In a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday, disgraced former Today show anchor Matt Lauer bitterly went after his sexual harassment accusers, dismissing the “many false stories” about his behavior “from anonymous or biased sources.” The comments came amid a lengthy Post report on NBC’s poor handling of such allegations, which also detailed new accusations of harassment against former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw.
After news broke of former correspondent Linda Vester’s sexual harassment complaint against former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, I rummaged through the MRC’s archive and found footage of her first appearance with Brokaw on the Nightly News, a June 30, 1993 report that basically amounted to a press release from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), demanding more government regulation of beach water.
On Thursday night, former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw was the latest journalist to find themselves under fire for accusations of sexual misconduct. In a very detailed and eerie report, entertainment magazine Variety published the accusations from former NBC correspondent Linda Vester, who was 28 at the time and “[nearly] 30 years younger than him.” She accused the former NBC Nightly News anchor of trying to force her into “an affair of more than passing affection,” as Brokaw himself allegedly told her. Brokaw denies the allegations.
Appearing on Wednesday’s Today show to reflect on the life of Barbara Bush, NBC Senior Correspondent Tom Brokaw bizarrely noted how much she supposedly “really didn’t like” current Energy Secretary and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, while recalling a private conversation with the former First Lady years earlier.
After Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt and the entire staff marked the broadcast’s 70th anniversary and were even joined by former anchor Tom Brokaw. As TVNewser described it: “Producers, editors, and anchors, past and present, gathered in the NBC newsroom following Wednesday’s show to toast 70 years of NBC’s evening newscast, which began as the NBC Television Newsreel, a 10-minute program, on Feb. 16, 1948.”