November 29, 2017

Sexual harassment claim filed Monday night, and Wednesday morning, Matt Lauer is fired from his longtime job as co-anchor of the "Today" show.

There is zero tolerance in The Reckoning. Lauer is just summarily out on his ass, with his co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, announcing the news and morning the "dear, dear friend":

“How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?” Guthrie asks. Answer: You get in line with The Reckoning. Once the allegation is made, the diseased part of the corporate body must be lopped off like a gangrenous limb.

Here's the NYT article:
“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 the memo. 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.”
Monday night to Wednesday morning — that's less than 2 days of investigation and opportunity for Lauer to defend himself. The interests of the entity, NBC, are put above any fairness to Lauer, because otherwise, what's the rush?

We're not even told what Lauer is accused of doing. NBC just wants us to know that it is clean. The problem is solved.

Meanwhile, President Trump isn't about containing the damage. He'd like to extend it:

ADDED: Maybe NBC was happy to get an opportunity to break its contract with Matt Lauer. He managed to get a 2-year deal — at 2018 — despite all the criticism he got for asking Hillary Clinton some tough questions NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum on September 8, 2016. Fortune reported on November 30th:
News of the deal follows a season of turmoil for the morning program, as well as for Lauer, who suffered heavy criticism after a disastrous interview with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump on NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum in September. (Lauer failed to push back on a series of false statements Trump made during that interview, which spurred a broader conversation about journalists’ responsibility to factcheck politicians.)
So the framing after the election was Lauer wasn't tough enough on Trump, but I remember people saying he was too tough on Hillary. And at the time, I blogged:
Trump won the coin flip and got to choose to go second. Matt Lauer offered a ground rule, that neither candidate should use his/her time to attack the other. Clinton broke the rule in the end, and Lauer called attention to that, both to Hillary and at the beginning of Trump's turn. She was a fool to open the door, and Trump walked right through it.

Lauer was harder on Trump, interrupting and getting harsh with him. But Trump didn't let that faze him, and compared to Hillary, who was ploddingly severe and robotic, he was very good.
And I'd also said (before watching the whole thing):
I think Lauer thinks he has what it takes to performatively demonstrate his confident, alpha-male TV show character. I've only watched clips from the forum, and I found it off-putting, because Lauer was so disrespectful — interrupting and bullying — and the difference in how he treated Trump and Hillary makes his lack of professional journalistic gravitas glare.

Why did he decided to act that way instead of adopting a neutral demeanor and working through serious, substantive questions that would expose Trump's limitations? Maybe:

1. Lauer doesn't have the wit and heft to play the role of serious journalist on TV.

2. Lauer genuinely believed he could win a round of that old TV game show "Quien Es Mas Macho?"
The confident, alpha-male TV show character is just not the style these days, and anyway, what good was it, if it couldn't take Trump down?


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Inga...Allie Oop said...

“I don't want to pile w more here, but why is Joe Barton a sexual predator, Inga? He is a victim of extortion and revenge porn.”

We don’t know that yet. The woman who released the video said she was being harassed by him. The investigation is ongoing.

Kyzer SoSay said...

I almost feel sorry for Inga in this thread.


Pummeled and beaten, a broken down old leftist war horse. But there is no honor in her fight, and never was. Deluded and semi-coherent at best.

Simply means my estimations of her during yesterday's fracas were more apt than I knew.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Pummeled and beaten, a broken down old leftist war horse. But there is no honor in her fight, and never was. Deluded and semi-coherent at best.”

Still living in your fantasy world, I see. How’s your adoring “wife”? Any more dating and marriage advice you have to give the men here? Do you know they were laughing at you yesterday, as was I ?

Inga...Allie Oop said...

As were the conservative women laughing at you too Kzzy.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Kzzy was trying to tell the men of Althouse how to be Alpha males, just like him.

LOL! I bet the men of Althouse thank you very much.

Kyzer SoSay said...

Sure, that explains all the comments agreeing with me, supporting my assertions, and noting how triggered you'd become.

You really don't see your own delusions, do you?

Tis a dark and gloomy twilight indeed. At least we get to enjoy it, alongside the burning down of the liberal media temples of network news and Hollywood.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Agreeing with you? I don’t think so buddy boy. I love what DBQ told you when you told her that her husband and marriage was boring and dull. Kzzy you should go to her house and give her hubby some Kzzy pointers on how to be “exciting and mysterious”!

I’m still LMAO over that one.

Kyzer SoSay said...

I'm glad you are laughing. Given your stated preference in men, I know you don't get to do much cackling at home. Of course, the opinions of an old bitter woman don't mean anything to me, but I'll consider it a public service to brighten you up. Just a shame I can't wisen you up - your ship has clearly sailed.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

Fantasy is your forte. That’s very clear. My stated preference in men was almost exactly the same as DBQ’s stated preference in men. She is a conservative who pretty much called you a retard yesterday, LOL! I agree with her!

Jim at said...

A few more powerful men who sexually harass and abuse will fall, no doubt, it’s only a matter of time. I like Althouse’s term, The Reckoning. It’s happening.

If you think it's only the evil, evil men who are going to fall before all is said and done, you're dumber than I thought.

Abuse of power isn't gender specific, Sky Screamer.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

How’s the bra business fatso? Need one bigger than your wife’s yet?

Jim at said...

The Seattle mayor was forced to resign due to his history of sex with underage boys.

Only after the FIFTH allegation and lawsuit, mind you.

gadfly said...

It is all Garrison Keillor's fault - touching a woman's bare back.

I hope that all men have enjoyed that pleasure - including Matt Lauer.

Clyde said...

Wow, it's getting like the old SNL "Point-Counterpoint" with Dan Ackroyd and Jane Curtin in here.

Unknown said...

Whatever ML did must have been bad and evidence must be irrefutable. Am wondering if there was an eyewitness(es).

readering said...

From news report:
His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up. This afforded him the assurance of privacy. It allowed him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him, according to two women who were sexually harassed by Lauer.

How the hell did NBC ever allow that?

FIDO said...


While I do not like your politics, I have to ask: who is that gorgeous woman that you use as your thumbnail icon?

It looks like a early 20th century picture of Cleopatra or maybe Seramis.

Whomever it is, it is a beautiful choice.

FIDO said...

Ah. Mata Hari. Interesting choice

Bad Lieutenant said...

Really? Who told you this, God? I get to express my views, the same as any other commenter here does, including you, as long as I abide by the blog’s rules. That is how I understand it.
11/29/17, 12:47 PM

Rules, funny you should say that. Didn't you abandon the Inga identity because you had a massive meltdown and when Althouse called you on it you defiantly refused to accept correction?

Donatello Nobody said...

Inga is going to ignore Drago unless he shapes up? That'll be the day. She couldn't ignore him if she tried!

Comanche Voter said...

Ah NBC did try to sell the line that they had never heard of problems with Lauer until just two days before they fired him. Nice try nitwits.

The Vanity Fair story was going to break--and it was time for NBC to get out of Dodge before they were shot along with little Mattie.

Kyzer SoSay said...

Inga, having a massive meltdown?

Who woulda thought? She seems so even tempered and well adjusted.

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