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 		 [The organizers of Time’s Up have called upon NBC to state that
people are allowed to talk about their experiences freely, regardless
of any past NDAs.] [https://portside.org/] 

 PORTSIDE CULTURE 

 RACHEL MADDOW AND TIME'S UP BOTH SLAM NBC FOR ITS TREATMENT OF SEXUAL
HARASSMENT ISSUES  
[https://portside.org/2019-10-27/rachel-maddow-and-times-both-slam-nbc-its-treatment-sexual-harassment-issues]


 

 William Hughes 
 October 26, 2019
AV Club
[https://news.avclub.com/rachel-maddow-and-times-up-both-slam-nbc-for-its-treatm-1839385301]


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 _ The organizers of Time’s Up have called upon NBC to state that
people are allowed to talk about their experiences freely, regardless
of any past NDAs. _ 

 , Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo (Getty Images) 

 

NBC came under fire from multiple directions this weekend—including
from inside the proverbial house—as Time’s Up, former employees,
and MSNBC’s own Rachel Maddow all criticized the company’s
attitude toward disclosure of, and reporting on, sexual
harassment, both within and without its corporate culture. Maddow
herself led the charge, talking Friday night with Ronan Farrow, who
has alleged in his new book _Catch And Kill _that the reporting he
did on the numerous allegations against Harvey Weinstein was rejected
and muzzled by his bosses at NBC News. (Farrow later took the same
work to _The New Yorker_, and, with Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey
at _The New York Times_, received the Pulitzer Prize for
the reporting that helped kick off the Me Too movement.)

Per _THR_
[https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rachel-maddow-unloads-nbc-bosses-ronan-farrow-book-very-hard-stomach-1250222],
Maddow was open in her criticism of her bosses, saying
that, “Accusations that people in positions of authority in this
building may have been complicit in some way of shielding [Weinstein
and former _Today _host Matt Lauer] from accountability, those
accusations are very, very hard to stomach.” She also revealed that
the company has agreed to allow anyone who feels that their
NBC non-disclosure agreements are stopping them from talking about
sexual harassment or assault are welcome to inform the company, which
will then release them from those “perceived obligations.”

Of course, that still requires, essentially, petitioning the company
for the right to talk about your own lived experience. Which is why
the organizers of Time’s Up (and also at least one person
[https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tom-brokaw-accuser-slams-nbc-women-have-been-hell-company-1250287?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social] who
has formerly accused network anchor Tom Brokaw of harassment) have
called upon NBC to go further, and simply state that people are
allowed to talk about their experiences freely, regardless of any past
NDAs. Per _Time_
[https://time.com/5711562/times-up-nbc-investigation/], incoming
Time’s Up president Tina Tchen has bluntly stated that NBC didn’t
go far enough with the statement it distributed via Maddow’s show,
and requested the blanket release. NBC has yet to respond to this
call for further transparency on its part.

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