Former NBC News anchor and Tom Brokaw accuser Linda Vester said the network’s report about sexual harassment in the workplace is not reflective of reality and is “deeply flawed.”
“I think the internal report was deeply flawed,” Vester said on CNN’s “New Day” Monday. “That’s a problem. Because women have contacted me in recent days to say that they did not feel that they could fully speak candidly to the NBC lawyers and others have contacted me to say that they didn’t feel that they were properly interviewed. And when you have an internal investigation, when you’re talking to the lawyers for the company that signs your paycheck, women can’t speak freely and that was the case here.” (RELATED: Female Journalists Circle The Wagon For Tom Brokaw)
Vester claims Brokaw sexually assaulted her in the 1990s and thinks NBC needs to hire outside counsel to conduct a proper investigation into what happened.
“CBS has managed to do so with the sexual harassment issues there,” she continued. “NPR, National Public Radio did the same thing to signal transparency and willingness. Fox News channel brought in counsel as well and that shows a transparency and willingness to address problems with sexual misconduct. I don’t understand why NBC isn’t doing it, but I think it can and it should.”
NBC is a news organization and should value the truth above all else, Vester said. She believes the network must do all it can to allow these women to speak freely if they wish to maintain their credibility.
“We have a problem with NBC News where we really need to get at the full truth. And it’s ironic because this is a news organization that is supposed to be about the truth and free speech,” she concluded. “The problem is they’re not making women fully free to speak. If you’re a news organization that’s about freedom of speech, you have to let your employees be free to speak as well and NBC can do it. And I think the workplace will be better if they have the courage to do it.”