NBC Employees Reportedly Felt Forced to Sign Letter In Support of Tom Brokaw


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 NBC Employees Reportedly Felt Forced to Sign Letter In Support of Tom Brokaw

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xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">Just a day after two women accused celebrated NBC anchor Tom Brokaw of sexual misconduct, dozens of the hosts former and current colleagues signed a letter defending the “man of tremendous decency and integrity.” According to a new “Page Six” report, not everyone whose name is on the letter agrees with its sentiments, and many “lower-lever” staffers reportedly only signed it out of fear of repercussions.

xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">Though former NBC News anchor Linda Vester and another unnamed womans allegations characterize Brokaw as a man with no concept of consent or workplace boundaries, more than 60 of the anchors former and current female colleagues claim that Brokaw has always treated them with “fairness and respect.” But it turns out, not all of them genuinely feel that way.

xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">“We felt forced to sign the letter supporting Brokaw,” one NBC News staffer said. “We had no choice, particularly the lower level staffers. The letter was being handed around the office and the unspoken threat was that if your name was not on it, there would be some repercussion down the road.”

xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">She continued: “Execs are watching to see who signed and who didnt. This was all about coming out in force to protect NBCs golden boy; the networks reputation is tied to Brokaw … If more women come forward, thats a big problem.”

xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">While an NBC News representative said that the letter was a “purely grassroots effort,” “Page Six” draws attention to the collective statements initiator: Goldman Sachs executive Liz Bowyer, who produced the Tom Brokaw Reports docu-series and worked on two of the anchors books.

xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">Meanwhile, Brokaw has still maintained his innocence, claiming that he is in fact the victim of a “drive-by shooting.”

By: The Cut

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