On Tuesday, Matt Lauer thought he finally found the right time to launch an attack — alleging shoddy and biased journalism — against one of his most prominent critics, Ronan Farrow. Lauer published an op-ed for Mediaite, delineating the reasons he says that Farrow was wrong and reckless to accuse him of raping an NBC colleague in his 2019 book “Catch and Kill.”
“What I found when I read the book was frankly shocking, and it should concern anyone who cares about journalism,” Lauer wrote.
Ronan Farrow in 2018. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Evca Agostini/Invision
But if the former “Today” host hoped his op-ed would inspire the wider public to re-evaluate his image as a #MeToo villain, he failed to “read the room.” That is, if you look at the extent to which he was condemned on Twitter and on “The View” Wednesday morning.
Lauer’s op-ed was a hot topic on “The View,” with Meghan McCain slamming “Matt rape button in his office Lauer” for denying the multiple allegations against him, the Decider reported. The allegations include that Lauer had a hidden button in his NBC office that closed the door behind visitors. Lauer and NBC have denied the hidden button accusation.
“I don’t care anything about what that guy has to say,” McCain said, adding that Lauer has been “accused credibly, numerous times of sexual assault.” The conservative co-host also defended Farrow’s overall reporting on sexual misconduct and abuse of power in TV, film and other industries. Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigations of Harvey Weinstein for The New Yorker.
“I hope I speak for this show and a lot of women that I know in this industry — he has made our jobs safer,” she said, the Decider reported.
For his part, Farrow tweeted: “All I’ll say on this is that Matt Lauer is just wrong. Catch and Kill was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself.”
On Twitter, journalist Yashar Ali offered a comment that was echoed by many others.
“Reporters aren’t above criticism or examination but Matt Lauer is literally the last person I want to hear from,” Ali tweeted.
Ali also wrote: “Important to note that by Nov 2017, Harvey Weinstein had been shunned by his colleagues. Same can’t be said of Matt Lauer. Matt is still in touch with powerful people in media. They won’t admit this publicly, but they think he’s been wronged.”
Comedian and actress Whitney Cummings added:
imagine caring about what Matt Lauer thinks about anything https://t.co/wgEVO4Zlud
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) May 19, 2020
NBC fired Lauer in 2017 for an inappropriate relationship with a co-worker. In Farrow’s book, Brooke Nevils said Lauer raped her in a Sochi hotel room during the 2014 Winter Olympics. While Lauer denied the rape charge, both he and Nevils said they had a subsequent consensual relationship.
After NBC fired Lauer, several other women came forward in the media or to NBC, alleging harassment or other sexual misconduct by Lauer. An NBC investigation later called the accusations “credible,” NPR reported.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment