Earlier today, Allahpundit wrote about NBC staffers, especially the junior ones, feeling pressured to sign a letter of support for Tom Brokaw. That post also included some speculation that the letter might discourage other women from coming forward. But Tuesday afternoon the Daily Caller published a piece saying NBC insiders expect more accusations.
“Brokaw used to be a total dog, and everyone knows it,” an NBC insider told TheDCNF. Other NBC insiders expected other women to come forward after Vester.
Veteran reporter Mary Reinholz came forward Tuesday and accused Brokaw of making “a pass” at her 50 years ago.
Reinholz’ account of that “pass” appeared in The Villager today:
After my story was published, I called him to say thank you and somehow it came to pass that we decided to meet at my Laurel Canyon cottage on a weekend afternoon. I clearly recall his driving a motor scooter and sitting next to me on my mother’s sofa in the living room.
We talked and then, 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…
I wouldn’t be writing this account if it wasn’t for the #MeToo movement and Brokaw’s disparaging remarks about Linda Vester, a former NBC News reporter and war correspondent who accused him of groping and kissing her on two occasions and arriving at her hotel uninvited.
What Reinholz describes isn’t a crime but it does lend some credibility to the idea that Brokaw was hitting on other reporters going back to the 1960s. If that continued until the 1990s, there could be quite a few women coming forward.
Also, it’s worth noting it was Brokaw’s response to Vester that motivate her to come forward. That’s a pattern we’ve seen in other cases, i.e. the courage to come forward against someone powerful can be contagious. It may ramp up slowly at first but once there’s a break in the dam, everything eventually comes out.
Finally, the DC story also reports that NBC threatened the Washington Post, which broke the news about Brokaw last week, with a lawsuit prior to publication:
The Washington Post, before printing its bombshell report featuring a number of employees speaking out against NBC’s sexual harassment policy, was threatened with a lawsuit by the company, according to individuals close to the reporting.
A spokesman from WaPo did not deny that NBC threatened the paper and said it “had nothing to share.”
This, on top of NBC’s dubious handling of the Matt Lauer situation, is not making the network look very good. Maybe that’s why they have chosen not to hire an outside firm to investigate sexual harassment at NBC but are instead sticking to their own internal investigation.