Former Today Show host Matt Lauer has been off the air for nearly two-and-a-half years since his firing on account of allegations of sexual misconduct. As a considerable matter in Ronan Farrow’s high-profile ebook revealed final 12 months, the disgraced NBC anchor is clapping again on the creator’s practices of journalism and claiming that Farrow clearly didn’t fact-check his allegations.
In a prolonged op-ed, Lauer refutes a number of accusations of Farrow’s and in addition manages to convey Ann Curry’s title into the combination. Despite the prolonged diatribe, public opinion isn’t shopping for into Lauer’s take.
Matt Lauer criticizes Ronan Farrow’s fact-checking
An article in The New York Times revealed final weekend that took goal at Ronan Farrow apparently prompted Lauer to convey his personal assertion to the press. In a prolonged op-ed for Mediaite entitled “Why Ronan Farrow Is Indeed Too Good to Be True,” Lauer outlines a number of of Farrow’s factors in his best-selling ebook Catch and Kill and calls particular consideration to the allegations of rape that had been delivered to gentle in October 2019.
When former NBC producer Brooke Nevils spoke to Farrow for his ebook, she claimed she was assaulted by Lauer on the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Lauer instantly clapped again saying that they had an “extramarital affair” that was utterly consensual.
“At no time did Brooke Nevils ever use the words ‘assault’ or ‘rape’ in regards to any accusation against me while filing her complaint with NBC in November of 2017,” Lauer wrote. “That has been confirmed publicly.”
Accusing Farrow of being biased in opposition to NBC on account of his MSNBC present being cancelled and the community inflicting obstacles in his reporting in opposition to Harvey Weinstein, Lauer constructed his personal case to name out potential missteps in Farrow’s journalistic course of.
“I focus on flawed reporting and factual errors that could have easily been avoided with minimal effort on Ronan Farrow’s part, and which bring his version of this narrative into a significantly different light,” Lauer wrote, including what he discovered to be discrepancies within the textual content.
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Ann Curry’s ousting is referenced in Matt Lauer’s piece
Few neglect the firing of Curry in 2012, the place Lauer was blamed for her ousting. After Lauer’s exit in 2017, Curry revealed that she had reported him to community execs for allegations informed to her from a co-worker. Lauer clearly had an concept of the colleague’s identification and known as her and Curry out in his assertion.
“For nearly 10 years, [Melissa] Lonner has spread a false rumor alleging I exposed myself to her in my office,” he mentioned, vehemently denying the declare and referencing the dearth of proof supporting it. “Lonner can also be an in depth friend of Ann Curry, and each believed I had a significant function in having Ann faraway from our present in 2012 in what was a horrible chapter at Today that performed out within the headlines. They each blamed me.”
Lauer takes goal at Farrow’s interview with Curry for his ebook in addition to the previous Today star’s private emotions about him.
“In the book, Ronan uses Ann Curry (whose personal and professional animosity toward me is well documented) as the person Lonner told about the alleged ‘exposing’ encounter,” Laeur wrote in Mediate. “Ann tells Ronan on page 378 that she approached two senior executives at NBC about a ‘problem’ with me, but admits that she never told anyone at the network about any specific incident or accuser. Ronan never names either of those senior executives at NBC, nor does Ronan offer confirmation or quotes from either.”
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Twitter responds to former ‘Today’ star
Farrow clapped again at Lauer’s op-ed on Twitter with a easy assertion. “All I’ll say on this is that Matt Lauer is just wrong,” Farrow tweeted. “Catch and Kill was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself.”
Evidently, the general public isn’t siding with Lauer. Today Show followers voiced their disdain for the disgraced anchor on the present’s Twitter account.
Though the bulk shortly shut down the previous Today Show star, there have been a couple of that understood his concern on sourcing.
“Honestly, he has a major point!” a user contended. “Not to defend Matt Lauer or discredit the victim’s story, but we have created a culture where we jump on someone after anyone accuses anyone of something without any evidence at all.”
“Yes that seems to be the new normal,” a follower responded.
At this time, Curry has not commented on Lauer’s op-ed.
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