Late Wednesday night, NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham appeared on Fox News at Night, where he discussed the recent shocking sexual assault allegations brought against NBC anchor Matt Lauer, and Democrat Rep. John Conyers.
According to NBC sources who talked to Vanity Fair on Monday, disgraced former Today show host Matt Lauer fought against the network’s recent decision to fire the morning show’s longtime booker Matt Zimmerman over sexual harassment allegations. Zimmerman’s firing came only week’s before Lauer himself was terminated by NBC following similar accusations.
During Wednesday’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, Cupp and her panel were visibly disgusted as they started the show by talking about the sexual misconduct allegations against former NBC's Today co-host Matt Lauer. After Cupp reviewed the disturbing allegations detailed in the Variety exclusive, the panel vigorously ripped into NBC for claiming they didn’t know about Lauer’s victims until Monday. Collectively they determined that the network knew more than they were letting on and should be investigated for it.
On the Wednesday edition of FBN’s Risk and Reward, the MRC’s Rich Noyes told Liz MacDonald that, concerning the firing of NBC’s Matt Lauer for sexual misconduct allegations, it’s difficult to believe NBC News president Andy Lack didn’t know of Lauer’s misdeeds “unless he's living in a cave or everybody else whose talking on the record is lying.”
Hours after NBC fired Today co-host Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual misconduct, Variety published their long-awaited story on Wednesday afternoon, detailing disturbingly lewd stories about Lauer. They ranged from exposing himself to lewd texts to having a button on his desk to lock his office door.
As Wednesday’s Morning Joe was just starting the second hour of its broadcast, the news broke that Matt Lauer had been fired from NBC for his “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” The MSNBC morning show’s panelists went out of their way to praise Lauer as a man of “class” and “dignity” who was a “loved” “mentor” and “friend” to those who have worked for the Today show, where Lauer was an anchor for two decades.
In retrospect, this is awkward. On Tuesday, Matt Lauer was fired from NBC for gross sexual misconduct. In June of 2012, his former co-host, Katie Couric, appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens. Host Andy Cohen wondered, “You co-hosted the Today show with Matt Lauer for 15 years. What is Matt’s most annoying habit?”
News broke early this morning that NBC News has fired their longtime morning news anchor Matt Lauer after being accused of sexual harassment from a colleague at NBC. Lauer’s hypocritical treatment of Bill O’Reilly, Trump and others has come back to bite the liberal news anchor, now facing similar accusations. However, this 2012 clip from the Today show might be one of the most awkward throwbacks yet.
On Tuesday morning, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell released the following statement reacting to NBC firing Matt Lauer for sexual misconduct:
Apparently, Matt Lauer doesn’t have any concept of self reflection. If he did, the man now accused of gross sexual misconduct and harassment might have pondered his own actions while slamming Donald Trump over the Access Hollywood tape. On the October 13, 2016 Today show, he talked to analyst Nicolle Wallace and demanded, “You said that that Access Hollywood tape might be the low, might be the bottom, might be the final straw.”
As news broke Wednesday morning of Matt Lauer being fired by NBC News over accusations of sexual harassment by a colleague, it brought to mind a September interview in which he grilled former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly about being fired for similar allegations.
In between repeated attempts to get Joe Biden to announce a 2020 presidential run, on Monday’s NBC Today, co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie also teed up the former vice president to bash President Trump multiple times. At one point, Lauer even asked if Biden and former President Obama ever “vent” or “complain” to each other about how much they don’t like the current occupant of the White House.