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Post by Original Quill on Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:24 pm

CNN wrote:NBC fires Matt Lauer after complaint about 'inappropriate sexual behavior'

by Brian Stelter   @brianstelter
November 29, 2017:

Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show. "We are devastated," she said.

The "Today" show is one of the most popular and most profitable franchises on American television. Lauer was the cornerstone of the program for two decades.

So his sudden ouster came as a shock to viewers -- but not as a complete surprise to his "Today" show colleagues. They knew that multiple news outlets were investigating Lauer's off-camera conduct.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in an early morning memo to staff that the complaint was filed on Monday night. Lack said it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he also said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

Indeed, Lack and other NBC News executives have known for weeks that damaging stories could be coming out soon.

Reporters for The New York Times have been investigating Lauer for weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times.

And Variety's New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh said on Twitter that he and his colleague Elizabeth Wagmeister have been doing reporting "about serious sexual harassment allegations against Lauer" for two months.

"NBC was aware" of the reporting, Wagmeister tweeted. "There are multiple women we've spoken to with far-ranging accusations against Lauer. The power of journalism has never been more evident with this cultural change."

An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment beyond the information in Lack's memo.

A spokeswoman for Lauer said he has no comment at this time. Lauer may release a statement later on Wednesday.

Lauer was informed of the network's decision late Tuesday night, before he went to bed, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

And Guthrie, his co-host for the past five years, was told overnight.

"We were both woken up with the news kind of predawn," Guthrie's co-host Hoda Kotb said. "And we're trying to process it and make sense of it. And it will take some time for that."

Lauer is the latest high-profile man in media to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Just last week, CBS News fired one of its own morning anchors, Charlie Rose, after a report in The Washington Post chronicled years of alleged sexual misconduct on his part.

The torrent began when The New York Times and The New Yorker reported on allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been suspended or removed from projects after allegations against them became public. And other prominent journalists, including Mark Halperin of NBC and Michael Oreskes of NPR, have been fired or suspended from their jobs.

The firing of Lauer removes one of the most recognizable personalities on television at a time when morning news programs are increasingly important to network news divisions.

"This is a sad morning at 'Today' and NBC News," Guthrie said at the top of the 7 a.m. hour. "As I'm sure you can understand, we are devastated. I'm heartbroken for Matt."

Guthrie also said she was heartbroken for the woman who accused Lauer of misconduct, noting "it's long overdue" that women feel comfortable coming forward against abusive men.

Kotb, on the set with Guthrie, said she has known Lauer for years and "loved him as a friend and a colleague."

"It's hard to reconcile the man who walks in every day" with the person who was identified in the complaint, she said.

Lauer, 59, was named a co-anchor of "Today" in January 1997 after three years as the newsreader.

He co-anchored NBC's coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and other historic news events.

His contract calls for him to be paid tens of millions a year. It reportedly ran through 2018.
--CNNMoney's Jill Disis, David Goldman and Chris Isidore contributed to this report.

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Post by Cass on Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:07 am

Doubtful. There has never been a whiff of impropriety around George while there have been rumors about Lauer for years. I’ve never liked him and how he treated Ann Curry was appalling.

I AM surprised about Garrison Keillor. And sad.

But none of this matters if we have a self-proclaimed pussy grabber still occupying the WH. Hopefully this is a tide that will continue to grow and wash him out along with thousands of others, both men and women who truly abused their power over subordinates.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:34 am

Cass wrote:Doubtful. There has never been a whiff of impropriety around George while there have been rumors about Lauer for years. I’ve never liked him and how he treated Ann Curry was appalling.

I AM surprised about Garrison Keillor. And sad.

But none of this matters if we have a self-proclaimed pussy grabber still occupying the WH. Hopefully this is a tide that will continue to grow and wash him out along with thousands of others, both men and women who truly abused their power over subordinates.

My reference to George was because of the improbability of it happening. I had not heard of the rumors about Lauer.

I tend to like NBC because co-anchor Savanna Guthrie went to university at the University of Arizona, and I taught there. She was an excellent student, and went on to graduate from law school at Georgetown University, which turns out a lot of Foreign Service people.



She is an excellent interviewer, and a real pro on air. She had to announce Lauer's demise this morning.

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Post by eddie on Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:42 pm

And I'm betting that others knew of this alleged incident and said nothing.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:11 pm

eddie wrote:And I'm betting that others knew of this alleged incident and said nothing.

That's what they say.

This theme has caught fire in the entertainment industry.  Curiously, it hasn't even phased the halls of politics.  Trump has admitted grabbing the pussies of some 16-women.  Roy Moore is a known, admitted paedophile.  All Republicans.  And Republicans are in control of both Houses and the Executive.

Coincidence?  I think not.

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Post by Maddog on Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:59 pm

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eddie wrote:And I'm betting that others knew of this alleged incident and said nothing.

That's what they say.

This theme has caught fire in the entertainment industry.  Curiously, it hasn't even phased the halls of politics.  Trump has admitted grabbing the pussies of some 16-women.  Roy Moore is a known, admitted paedophile.  All Republicans.  And Republicans are in control of both Houses and the Executive.

Coincidence?  I think not.

Google Joe Barton, my congressmen.

He's done.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:19 pm

Maddog wrote:
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That's what they say.

This theme has caught fire in the entertainment industry.  Curiously, it hasn't even phased the halls of politics.  Trump has admitted grabbing the pussies of some 16-women.  Roy Moore is a known, admitted paedophile.  All Republicans.  And Republicans are in control of both Houses and the Executive.

Coincidence?  I think not.

Google Joe Barton, my congressmen.

He's done.

I know, but he's not a biggie.

In a sense, I feel sorry for Barton. That was a private matter between consenting adults; if anything, she should be castigated for breaching a trust--something that, if a guy does it, it's called betrayal.

But, it's a false equivalency to put Barton in the same bucket with Moore and Trump. Roy Moore is a paedophile, and he could have been prosecuted (but for the short statute of limitations in Alabama). And Trump's transgressions were literally sexual assault. Indeed, the Russian FSB identified in Trump two weaknesses...one was sexual deviancy.

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Post by Maddog on Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:40 pm

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Maddog wrote:

Google Joe Barton, my congressmen.

He's done.

I know, but he's not a biggie.

In a sense, I feel sorry for Barton.  That was a private matter between consenting adults; if anything, she should be castigated for breaching a trust--something that, if a guy does it, it's called betrayal.  

But, it's a false equivalency to put Barton in the same bucket with Moore and Trump.  Roy Moore is a paedophile, and he could have been prosecuted (but for the short statute of limitations in Alabama).  And Trump's transgressions were literally sexual assault.  Indeed, the Russian FSB identified in Trump two weaknesses...one was sexual deviancy.

He has served for about 30 years. He's a fairly big stick in the House.

And the Republican party of Tarrant county wants him gone. That was more my point.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:07 pm

I know who he is. I think he got a raw deal. The first rule of culpability is, you've got to have done something. Barton was blindsided.

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