Back before Christmas, it was revealed to the world that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews of Hardball had settled a sexual harassment claim in 1999. First reported by The Daily Caller, other news outlets were quick to fact check and confirm the information.
The Daily Caller broke the story that Matthews reportedly paid $40,000 to the woman who worked on his show as an assistant producer. The woman complained to executives that Matthews made inappropriate comments and jokes about her and while in the presence of others. The payment was described by an MSNBC spokesman as a separation-related payment.
Matthews is just one of many men being accused of sexual misconduct in the media industry alone. Others include Matt Lauer, who was recently fired from NBC’s The Today Show, CBS News’ Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin of NBC News were all axed.
Sexual assault and harassment are nothing new to women and something dealt with on a regular basis. Recently though, the #MeToo movement and many brave women have changed the landscape and people are coming forward about their own experiences. Sexual harassment is found in all industries and in all walks of life.
Matthews still has his job at MSNBC, though the work environment is being described as hostile in new explosive reports. The Caller broke this story as well, claiming two unnamed sources are former producers at MSNBC. They claim Matthews is running a sexist newsroom, where beratement is given for minor errors.
He allegedly objectified female guests and staffers, commenting inappropriately on their appearance. Matthews also allegedly used pet names, including “cutie” and “sweetie pie” when referring to female guests. He would also rate these women on a scale of one to 10. Matthews is also accused of screaming at staffers and throwing objects around in angry outbursts.
With what seems to be a trend of late, many are speculating whether Matthews will be the next media-giant to be fired and shunned from the spotlight.