Some interesting revelations have come to light in the past week concerning the sexual harassment issue that’s still gripping the nation’s attention. While numerous leftists have already seen their Hollywood, media, and political careers go up in flames due to their inability to keep their hands to themselves, there’s yet another in trouble thanks to several incidents in the past and his employer’s response to them.
As reported at the Daily Caller, an MSNBC spokesman confirmed this weekend that the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews’ employees after she accused him of sexual harassment. Apparently, the “Listen and Believe” doctrine wasn’t in effect then.
Two sources close to the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle the issue with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment.
However, a spokesperson from the looney-bin network MSNBC has disputed the claim, revealing that the network instead paid her far lower amount, which was part of a “severance” package.
The woman in question initially complained to executives at CNBC that Matthews made inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others.
The spokesperson from MSNBC that denied the large payout said the network investigated the allegations at the time, which resulted in Matthews receiving a formal reprimand. The key conclusions of their review were that while they agreed that his comments were inappropriate, they weren’t intended to be taken as propositions.
When the woman left, she was given separation-related compensation and has since gone on to work in other high-profile media positions, which makes the desire to know who she is much stronger.
While MSNBC admitted to the separation payment, the networked refused to say if the woman left the company due to Matthews’ actions or if this was the only claim against him during his tenure at NBC.
Matthews is the latest media big-shot to be accused of sexual harassment. NBC already fired their long-time morning host Matt Lauer, after an employee complained about inappropriate behavior. Additional women accused him of sexual harassment and assault, and some insisted that executives at the network knew about his behavior.
NBC also kicked “Game Change” author Mark Halperin to the curb, after a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment and groping in October. Rounding out the list is the now former senior vice president Matt Zimmerman, who was axed for not disclosing his various relationships with women that worked for him.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of dust this kicks up in the media and if Matthews is ultimately forced out. Based on what we’ve seen thus far, it’s anyone’s guess, as half the time leftists see their actions swept under the rug, while others get pushed off the plank. It certainly wouldn’t be a loss to the world of “journalism” if the latter happened to Matthews.