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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

“You don’t know what you don’t know.”

In seven words, Megyn Kelly put in their place those 60-plus women reporters and personalities at Comcast's NBC who rallied behind Tom Brokaw, the latest man accused of sexual harassment in this Me Too Mania.

"You don’t know what you don’t know," she said.
Kelly said this during a segment on her show on Monday, in which she did not sign the letter. She also did not lend her credibility to Roger Ailes when he was first accused of sexual harassment. That turned out to be wise, as Ailes proved to be guilty of abusing women as head of Fox News.

"It’s basically a character reference," Kelly said of the letter.

"And they’re saying, ‘For what it’s worth, my experience with him has always been honorable, and he’s always treated me well.’ And I understand that. Because when you love the person being under attack, you want to say, ‘This has been my experience.'

"I will say, that the same thing did happen at Fox. And the truth is, you don’t know what you don’t know. And that’s not in any way to impugn Tom, who I love and who’s been so good to me. Just saying, you don’t know what you don’t know."

Of course he treated them well. But as aggravating as it may be, how Brokaw treated others does not prove anything.

Predators go after the weak. The rest of the herd has nothing to fear. This is how animals behave. 

Look at Jerry Sandusky. He did not go after big tough college football players. He went after little boys who had no male to protect them. He went after his own children.

The allegations against Brokaw are far less revolting. 

Brokaw may be innocent.

Brokaw may be guilty.

I don't know and the letter signers don't know. 

But I do know that Brokaw at 78 has a great big headache to deal with regardless. Clearing one's name is not impossible (Tucker Carlson had to do this) but what a pain it is.

And if he is guilty, he joins Matt Lauer on the Island of Misfit Human Beings.

The past few years have opened mine eyes. I thought we were past this, and that any hanky-panky was mutual, like Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have. Those exist but women (and gay men) still have to deal with the Charlie Roses in the media.

Lord Acton nailed it. Power corrupts. Just because he is nice to you doesn't mean he ain't molesting your kid. "You don’t know what you don’t know."


  1. Three women have come forward so far. One of the three remains anonymous.

  2. Brokaw is one of those stealthy leftists. He likes to fish, so he does a lot of lefty PR work with susceptible outdoorsmen. Did this with the guy who edited Field and Stream ten to fifteen years ago, publishing articles about those two and the then editor of the NYT going fly fishing. Now has a snow called Buccaneers and Bones on one of the outdoor networks.

    What these guys do in private is use their outdoor stuff to try and push for heavy environmental regulation and "reasonable" gun laws, etc.

    I think reasonable gun laws would make it legal to shoot guys like this.

  3. Kelly seems To still have a little sense left. I do not feel sorry at all for Brokaw as he is part of the lying scheming resistance at MSNBC/NBC. they know what they are doing on air is wrong so I have no pity.

  4. "...And that’s not in any way to impugn Tom, who[m] I love and who’s been so good to me. But screw him. My career is hanging by a thread, and I'm not sticking my neck out for someone who isn't useful to me." Me-Again Kelly

  5. I have little sympathy (okay, NO sympathy) for a life-time Leftist like Brokaw, but except for the charges leveled by Vester, this seems like a big nothing. The other two women have accused him of crude behavior in private, Aziz Ansar style, which they claim to have rejected, but have not accused him of sexual harassment in the workplace or of assault. As far as I'm concerned, what happened between these people should have remained private, but the media vultures saw a chance to pick at Brokaw's bones and flesh after he was hunted to the ground by Vester. He's being tormented by his peers for our pleasure and their profit. Brokaw helped bring that atmosphere on. Let him suffer for it.

    1. Agree, IA. Big D, methinks this induction is premature. Not enough dirt - yet.

  6. He should get the same benefit of the doubt that he gave Roy Moore- none

    1. Ron in Ohio Sez;
      Ya' know, I always liked Brokaw (Naive as I was) and I thought that this "Me Too" B-S against a 78 year old man after so many years was just that - sensationalist and exploitative B-S!

      But, ya' know - I gotta' agree with throwing him under that same bus that Brokaw threw Roy Moore.

      Time, and the Alabama courts, will tell if Moore is vindicated (Albeit, too late). I'm interested to see what path this Brokaw B-S will take.

    2. Only problem is that the GOPe hated Moore and loved Tom.

  7. The Trump Effect acts at indictment.

    The Corollary to the Trump Effect ... also known as the “Enough Rope” Effect ... doesn’t kick in until conviction.

  8. That was an amazingly intelligent statement from Megyn Kelly, threading the needle appropriately on a difficult subject. It's unusual to see an adult opinion on this subject nowadays and kudos to Ms. Kelly for being an adult in the room.

  9. Is it even possible to deter and punish inappropriate sexual conduct and still protect the legal rights and the rule of law? I don't know, but given the Title IX hysteria and the Salem witch trail nature of the Bill Cosby trail, I say no.