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NBC News Issues Guidance Memo to Staffers on How Brokaw Story Is to Be Handled

May 1, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“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.”

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  1. If the story turns out to be true, NBC will have egg on its face. They should have taken a neutral stance, like they have with Trump.

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