Tom Brokaw Writes ‘Op-Ed’ to Friends About Being Accused Sexual Predator
A reporter whose career includes on-the-ground reports of the Rwandan genocide and live coverage of the morning of 9/11 is the subject of a hit piece by Tom Brokaw after she accused him of sexual harassment.
While working with NBC in the 1990s as a war correspondent, reporter Linda Vester said this week that Brokaw had groped her and then tried to forcibly kiss her. At the time, Linda was about age 30 and Brokaw would have been around age 55.
In an email sent at 4am local time, Tom Brokaw angrily reacted to the charge that he had made a sexual advance on Vester. The leaked email and its contents, along with a statement of support from 65 women in the television industry are making sure that this story won’t go away anytime soon.
Born in Cincinnati in 1965, Linda Vester has worked for CBS, NBC and Fox News.
Vester speaks both Arabic and French fluently after receiving a scholarship to study at the American University in Cairo upon completing a journalism degree at Boston University.
Before leaving television in 2005 to raise her children, she was sent by NBC to report from Saudi Arabia due to her language ability. On returning stateside she covered the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department. She continued to be sent overseas by NBC to cover a Somalian humanitarian crisis, the Rwandan genocide and a coup d’etat in Haiti before being assigned to NBC’s London office. By 1996 she was back in America as the anchor of NBC’s News at Sunrise in New York.
She was hired away by Fox in 1999 and her coverage included live scenes from 9/11 and an interview with OJ Simpson. Roger Ailes, then the CEO of Fox, allowed her to be released from her contract to be a stay-at-home mom.
Born in South Dakota, Tom Brokaw has hosted all three of NBC’s major programs including The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press. At the age of 78, Brokaw is now a Special Correspondent for NBC News and participates in documentaries produced by other outlets. He is associated with the popularization of the term ‘The Greatest Generation’ after writing a book on the men and women who grew up during the Great Depression and then fought in WW2.
Accusation and Reaction
On Thursday, April 26th 2018, Linda Vester and another unnamed woman accused Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment in both the Washington Post and Variety. With only Vester’s name in the media, she has been the one to take the brunt of the backlash from the same crowd that last year were crying about the ignored sexual abuse going on in Hollywood.
According to Vester, Brokaw wanted an “affair of more than passing affection” and that he had once grabbed her from behind and then tickled her up and down.
Brokaw has denied the charges in a statement released by NBC. In his statement, Brokaw said that he had only met Vester twice and both times at her request 23 years ago and that the meetings were “appropriate.”
After the public denial, Brokaw emailed friends and the body of the message made it to the Hollywood Reporter. In the letter, Brokaw said that Vester was angry that she “had failed in her pursuit of stardom” and that’s why she is unleashing a “torrent of unsubstantiated criticism and attacks.”
Here’s another bit of his email where he uses at least five words that nobody writing an email at 4am would ever choose to write:
“[I was] ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of the Washington Post and Variety as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship.”
Brokaw may have five children, but he’s a strange man to think that a woman aged 40 wouldn’t be happy to retire from a tiring career to take care of her family and kids. In fact, Linda runs a website on the topic of motherhood, and since her husband is a multi-millionaire she seems to be enjoying a very nice life.
Women In Liberal Media Ganging Up On Vester
In response to the accusation, liberal women in media have decided to throw their “believe women” out the front door and back up Tom Brokaw. In a back-stabbing turn of events, Vester must have thought she could count on women in media being willing to take a look at her claims, but instead they are all hitching to Tom Brokaw.
So far, sixty-five women in the television industry have signed on to a letter of support for Brokaw. Among the names of signers are:
- Rachel Maddow
- Maria Shriver
- Andrea Mitchel
Last year Maddow made headlines for blaming the recent hurricane season on Donald Trump. Maria Shriver was very famously cheated on by her husband Arnold with the maid.
Sources: Vanity Fair, The Guardian