“On Monday, NBC News staffers received a memo with guidance from the network’s standards and practices on how to handle reporting a sensitive story about sexual harassment allegations against Tom Brokaw,” Variety reports.
The report features a copy of a portion of the memo, which includes this bullet point:
“Include the latest statements from NBC — which has not responded to the Wilkenfeld comments [a reference to Brokaw accuser Linda Vester’s attorney Ari Wilkenfeld]. Include relevant portions of Brokaw’s denial, his email and the email in support of him, signed by more than 60 female colleagues.”
The guidance memo also states: “As always in cases where sexual misconduct is alleged, we should be scrupulous in reflecting all sides.”
Variety notes that the instructions “appeared in a company-wide system that producers and talent can access.”
The publication says of the instruction to include the email in support of Brokaw: “That mandate raised eyebrows among some staffers because it urged anchors to report on a document that has been the source of controversy in the newsroom. NBC News declined to comment.”