An MSNBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment.Martina Markota runs down a list of media figures caught up in sexual harassment scandals recently for the Daily Caller:
Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.
The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others.
The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand. Based on people who were involved in matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.
The woman received separation-related compensation when she left MSNBC and has gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions. MSNBC declined to comment on whether the employee left because of Matthews or whether this was the only claim in Matthews’ history at the company.
So why are the torpedoes aimed at Donald Trump and other Republicans by the #MeToo movement turning around and striking mostly liberal entertainers and media figures and liberal politicians? I submit that it's because the women susceptible to the blandishments of the #MeToo are largely liberal working in the liberal milieu, and it's the liberal men around them who have abused and used them. That's not to say more conservative men haven't committed harassment, some certainly have, but they are not surrounded by women looking for revenge on men. Conservative men may also be slightly better behaved on average because they generally respect women more.