The Winners of Life’s Lottery

Some stories from the 2016 presidential election are depressing. This is just disgusting:

Embattled “Today” anchor Billy Bush is likely to get a $10 million lump settlement from NBC after his abrupt ouster following the vulgar revelations on the Donald Trump tape.

Bush and his legal team have been battling with NBC News chiefs to iron out a settlement — which, sources exclusively tell Page Six, will involve a large lump payment said to be the full value of his three-year contract, valued at around $10 million.

Bush’s attorney Marshall Grossman told Page Six on Friday, “Negotiations between Billy and NBC are progressing, and will continue to progress, and hopefully we will reach a conclusion in the near future. We were preparing for battle, but today we are preparing for settlement.”

High-powered Hollywood attorney Grossman declined to discuss what they were hoping for in the settlement, or the exact timing of the deal.

As Paul Glastris observed last year, Bush is not the only member of the Bush family to receive, shall we say, special treatment from NBC. Rather curious, no?

Of course, Bush could receive a $50 million settlement from NBC, and he still would not be able to buy his reputation and good name back. Think about it: when Bush passes away, his bantering with Trump will be in the first line of his obituary. He will forever be linked to the moment he rooted for a pervert to take advantage of the vulnerable. Last night, journalist and producer Callie Crossley of Boston’s PBS affiliate, WGBH, explained just how repulsive Bush’s actions were:

When Crossley referenced Anita Hill and her description of “enablers,” it reminded viewers that Billy Bush’s uncle, George H. W. Bush, nominated Hill’s alleged harasser, Clarence Thomas, to the US Supreme Court. Billy Bush was 20 years old when the controversial Thomas confirmation hearings took place. What was the lesson he took from those hearings–that one could treat women like third-class citizens and get away with it? Will he learn a different lesson now?

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.