Time was when I had Barbara Walters on a pedestal. It was a long time ago--at the start of my career. But to discount the importance she played in my professional life would be denying my personal history.
For years I believed Barbara Walters succeeded because she was smart and simply worked harder than anyone else.
She was my inspiration. Because of her, I believed if I had the talent and I worked harder, I could succeed as well.
Because of her I believed that a woman could be successful without the requisite couch time.In the early 1970s for a woman to be successful in television news was an anomaly. The sexism and parochial attitudes were pervasive.
Barbara Walters did not give the public appearance as someone who was a bed hopper. Funny thing about public personas.
In 1973 I had an opportunity to sit in on broadcast of The Today Show. During my time in the control room I heard some "gossip" about Ms. Walters that I discounted as stupid boys being jealous. So it was a rumor that I kept to myself until last week.
More about what I heard and why I simply didn't want to believe it on my Sunday post at BlogHer
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