One of the things that stands out in this report is how little NBC claims to have known about the behaviors of Matt Lauer. In their first statements, this was the very first complaint that they had about Mr. Lauer. That statement does not hold up well to the information that is revealed in this article. More than one publication was actively investigating Matt Laurer for the past several months. The details are here. There is also a reference to Mr. Laurer’s methods to keep women silent. What is that all about?
As Written By Ed Morrissey for Hot Air:
Just what did NBC News know about Matt Lauer, and when did it report it? According to the official timeline offered by NBC News chair Andrew Lack, a woman came forward on Monday with a complaint so profound that it resulted in the near-immediate firing of one its most recognized stars. Lack then hinted that NBC’s quick investigative work suggested that there may be other cases against Lauer still to come:
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” Andrew Lack, the NBC News president, said in a memo to the staff.
He said the allegation against Mr. Lauer “represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Variety’s Elizabeth Wagmeister called shenanigans on Lack’s statement shortly afterward. NBC knew full well that more allegations would come, Wagmeister stated, because they knew Variety had been working on a story “for months” about…..
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