"Inappropriate comments and jokes" should not be on the same spectrum as rape, but the current hysteria conflates anything that some woman didn't like with the most vile of sex crimes.
A former producer for MSNBC was reportedly paid off after she accused Hardball with Chris Matthews host Chris Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999, according to a report from The Daily Caller. However, they did say that the company paid the woman "significantly less as part of a severance package" and confirmed an incident occurred. They investigated and, according to NBC's response to the Daily Caller piece, issued a "formal reprimand" to Chris Matthews - finding his comments "inappropriate and juvenile" but not "propositions".
The MSNBC spokesperson declined to specify the amount of the payment citing confidentiality, NBC News reported.More news: Ryanair in union supply to keep away from Christmas strikes
The spokesperson said the woman complained to CNBC executives that Matthews made inappropriate jokes and comments about her in front of others, that the matter was reviewed and it was determined that the comments were inappropriate and in made in poor taste but were never meant as propositions.
The claim against Matthews, right, happened in 1999 when his show was on CNBC.
At the rate that complaints are coming in, the number of prominent progressives accused of sexual harassment will top 100 before Christmas.More news: Canadian billionaire and wife found dead in 'suspicious' circumstances in Toronto home
In April, political talk show host Bill O'Reilly left Fox News after the New York Times reported he and his employer made payouts totaling about $13 million to five women to settle claims of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.
The news is the latest in a series of media power players or executives who have been accused of sexual misconduct of varying natures.
After his firing, Lauer expressed "sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused", while saying that some of what has been said about him is untrue or mischaracterized.More news: Does Tidal have only six months to live