Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Joan Vennochi Globe Columnist May 02, 2018 I believe the women who say Tom Brokaw groped them many decades ago — including one who said he French-kissed her back in the ’60s.So now what should happen to Brokaw? Should he be banished forever from “Morning Joe”? Or is banishment to “Morning Joe” punishment enough? Three women say the long-married, former anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” now 78, hit on them back in the day. Two described incidents from the 1990s. Linda Vester, a former NBC anchor, told Variety that Brokaw tried to kiss her and showed up in her hotel room uninvited. A former NBC production assistant who was not named told The Washington Post that Brokaw touched her without consent. A third woman, freelance journalist Mary Reinholz, wrote a first-person essay recounting an encounter with Brokaw from 50 years … [Read more...] about What should happen to Tom Brokaw?
Just days after some 100 women at NBC signed a letter in support of Tom Brokaw, a third woman has come forward to accuse NBC’s elder statesman of sexual harassment and misconduct. Writing for the Villager, journalist Mary Reinholz writes. “For the record, Brokaw made a pass at me 50 years ago in my rented hillside house.”Two were working on a story together when she claims that without her consent, “abruptly, he was embracing me and giving me a French kiss. I pulled away, reminding him that he was married and a tryst was out of the question. He said, ‘Yes, it would be unfair to Meredith,’ meaning his wife.” She says she “shrugged it off” but the “situation made me uncomfortable.”Reinholz adds that the only reason she is coming forward now is due to, “Brokaw’s disparaging remarks about Linda Vester, a former NBC News reporter and war correspondent who accused him … [Read more...] about Third Tom Brokaw Accuser Comes Forward
NBC News pressured female staffers to sign a letter in support of Tom Brokaw, according to the New York Post. As of now, two women have come forward to accuse Brokaw of sexual misconduct. In the annals of the #MeToo movement, two things will go down in history as massive blunders. First, because he was her friend, there was Lena Dunham jumping to the defense of an accused rapist. And now there is NBC News completely dismissing and all but calling Brokaw’s accusers liars with this misguided letter.This backfire was only a matter of time. And so, to the surprise of no one, some of the 115 or so NBC female staffers who signed the letter of support are now saying they not only felt pressured to sign, but that they feared for their careers if they did not sign. One NBC News staffer told the Post, “We felt forced to sign the letter supporting Brokaw. We had no choice, particularly the lower level staffers. The letter was being handed around the office and the unspoken threat was … [Read more...] about Backfire: NBC News ‘Pressured’ Women to Sign Tom Brokaw Support Letter
BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup National By Pritha Paul @ZiggyZina143 05/01/18 AT 1:40 AM Days after dozens of NBC employees showed their support for the network’s host Tom Brokaw, who was accused of sexual misconduct by two women, a report claimed his supporters had no other choice but to sign the letter of support.After signing the letter – which was publicly published by the Hollywood Reporter – one NBC News staffer spoke to Page Six on the condition of anonymity, saying: “We felt forced to sign the letter supporting Brokaw. 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."“Execs are watching to see who signed and who didn’t. This was all about coming out in force to protect NBC’s golden boy; the network’s … [Read more...] about Tom Brokaw Supported By NBC Employees Due To ‘Unpoken Threat’: Report
BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup National By Pritha Paul @ZiggyZina143 04/27/18 AT 12:23 AM Linda Vester, a former NBC News host, accused "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw of inappropriately grabbing her in a conference hall and forcibly trying to kiss her in a hotel on two separate occasions.Vester started her broadcast career as an intern for local CBS affiliate WKRC-TV, where she worked with anchor Nick Clooney, actor George Clooney’s father. When she was working for CBS News, in Cairo, Egypt, she caught the attention of the NBC News team in 1989 and they wanted to groom her as a foreign correspondent and network talent, Mediaite reported. Vester was sent to work for NBC’s Tampa affiliate, WFLA-TV, in order to start her training. She went on to cover the Rwandan Civil War and the First Gulf War. She was promoted to the position of anchor at “NBC News at Sunrise” and at MSNBC in 1993. … [Read more...] about Linda Vester, Former NBC Host, Accused Tom Brokaw Of Sexual Harassment