It seems highly significant that over 60 women have signed a letter of support for NBC News legend Tom Brokaw, who was slammed yesterday with sexual harassment accusations from former NBC news reporter Linda Vester.
Vester contended that Brokaw acted in a boorish and icky manner while allegedly attempting to ignite a romantic involvement back in the mid 1990s, when Brokaw was in his mid 50s and Vester, born in ’65, was nudging 30.
With frontline news professionals like Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Maria Shriver and Kelly O’Donnell signing the letter, it shows that feelings of loyalty and affection for Brokaw are very strong. It also suggests that a consensus has been reached that Vester may not be cool on some level.
Brokaw “has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers,” the letter reads. “As we have advanced across industries — news, publishing, law, business and government — Tom has been a valued source of counsel and support. We know him to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity.”
Variety‘s Cynthia Littleton reports that the letter was written by Elizabeth Bowyer, who worked with Brokaw on his best-selling books “The Greatest Generation” and “Boom: Voices of the Sixties” and also produced the Tom Brokaw Reports documentary series.
Bowyer told Littleton that the response to the letter was “overwhelming” and she received many emails from women asking that their names be included, with responses still coming in as of Friday evening.