Eleanor McManus who is a former senior producer for CNN’s Larry King Live appeared on Megyn Kelly Today this morning. During her TV interview, she told Kelly, “I was angry because I was silent, and because I was silent, this happened to other people.”
McManus cleared that she disappointed with ABC’s statement about the veteran political journalist Mark Halperin.
In a statement, ABC News said, “Mark left ABC News over a decade ago, and no complaints were filed during his tenure.” AB News told CNN after the prestigious news outlet ABC reports multiple women claimed that they have been sexually harassed by a popular veteran journalist Mark Halperin while he worked at the powerful position at ABC.
McManus told Kelly, “This statement didn’t say much about the victims did it? It didn’t say anything about what he did to other people.” She added, “I was lucky because I was able to take that and be resilient and keep going on with it.”
She told Kelly that to seeing Halperin’s success in his career was “the most painful part.”
She said, “To see this person, who really kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and no one called him out. And the worst part was also that…other people knew; this was an open secret. Everybody knew this was the way he was…This was the normalization of the behavior. Everyone thought that is just normal.”
McManus realized that some of the victims chose not to pursue their career in journalism after encountered with Halperin’s aggression.
She said, “After this happened last week, when I heard the news, I was angry. I was angry because I was silent and because I was silent, this happened to other people…That was when I was ready to come out and tell my story.”
“Because these women — there are women that this happened to, who didn’t pursue their career in journalism because of this incident. I did and because these women didn’t, you know, that made me so angry and so sad,” she added.