Skip to main content

Lauer's Awful; NBC News Not Without Blame


Why am I not surprised? This may come as a shock, but I've always found Matt Lauer to be a bit smug. I'm not sure what it was - maybe it was the tea leaves that could be read during the whole Ann Curry debacle - but the guy never emitted good vibes for me. And to be honest, I always found it rather questionable the amount of money ($20M per year!) he was being paid to anchor the TODAY show. 

But really, what makes this all so hard and to take and comprehend are the details in the aftermath of it all. More so, the amount of damaging signs that were so incredibly available and known to those within NBC News. We've all read and heard the despicable actions that Lauer committed and imparted on the culture at NBC, but I've found it hard to believe that no one knew. 

I understand that work cultures are difficult and dynamic, and often, the power of communication and politics is a vicious system to break. Especially when your job and career are at stake - and indirectly, your family. But, no one knew? Not senior executives? Not the person who signed off on Lauer asking for a button to be installed in his office? Nothing? No one in leadership had a conscience? 

Even more heart breaking (and infuriating) is one woman who reported having sex with Lauer out of fear - out of FEAR! - for her job. Employees mentioned that Lauer's behavior "wasn't a secret". Which leads me - and you, and everyone else - to believe that NBC executives did everything they could to NOT ruffle the lucrative money tree currently in place until they had no choice to do so. 

     

Look, it's easy to go on about the pervasive "boys culture" in most work places, and we all know it's true. Especially, us men who drive this culture that is so wrong. So, so wrong. 

While Lauer deserves everything he is currently getting, including the absolute erasing of his legacy at NBC, I do believe there are many, many, many more who should be held responsible in this entire ordeal. The statements and actions are great, but it's time NBC answers questions about how so many in human resources, and how a huge giant in American business can cover up or ignore sexual assault and abuse of power by men within it. 

Omission of challenging such a culture is just as guilty and immoral as those who continue this disgusting cycle. 

Recently Read Posts

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 12/11/22

3 Up 1. Protection of Same-Sex Marriage - Well, what do you know? Our elected officials CAN work together to get important policies completed that accurately and democratically represent the people. Cynicism aside, it's good to see this bill get passed. Imagine the huge step back that this would have been. 2. Britney Griner Home - I honestly don't care about the politics around this story. Griner needed to come home. And I'm glad she finally is.  3. Impact Wrestling Main Event - Everything that was "Speedball" Mike Bailey vs. "The Walking Weapon" Josh Alexander on this week's episode of Impact Wrestling was what makes pro wrestling so great. Both guys put on a classic that lasted almost an hour, and it was one of the best matches I've enjoyed in a long time. Kudos to both men.  3 Down 1. Grant Wahl - It's the kind of story that is super emotional for the following reasons: 1) Wahl was the premiere journalist in the soccer real; 2) Wahl was be

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/15/23

3 Up 1. Healthcare Debt Removed from Credit Score - This is a small win in a direction that just seems, well...reasonable. Healthcare is expensive and not exactly the fault of an individual's ability to handle their finances responsibly. The subtle change (with restrictions) is a nice addition that ought to help many battling health issues, yet not derail their entire personal life.  2. Alyssa Thompson - The teenage phenom comes off gaining some International play but becoming the first overall pick in the NWSL. Thompson's future is SO bright, and this should be part of that narrative when we marvel at her journey.  3. Ozone Layer Recovery - For years, as a kid, I remember hearing that "we were constantly damaging the Ozone layer". Many thanks to Captain Planet and the Planeteers for that insight. I'm glad to see there has been some progress there.  3 Down 1. Brazil Democracy - It's a shame to see politicians around the world pull from our history with senti

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/20/22

3 Up 1. Bad Bunny - Congratulations (and major breakthrough props) are in order for Bad Bunny who made history with the first Spanish-Language Album of the Year nomination. The dude has been crushing it with major cross-over appeal - and yes, he's a helluva wrestler.  2. Taylor Swift - This could be a down because of the entire Ticketmaster ordeal, but Swift gets the "Up" solely because only she can break Ticketmaster like this. The star power continues to be amazing.  3. FIFA World Cup - Sure, there is plenty of negatives to get into here, but the event itself is amazing. I'm ready to get caught up in it all.  3 Down 1. Iran Protestors - The nation is in political unrest and many protesters being caught are being sentenced to harsh penalties, or worse, death. Just more instability  2. U.S. Mass Shootings - We just continue to give access to individuals who shouldn't have guns. We've become so numb to this. What have we become?  Prayers, comfort, and positive

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 12/4/22

3 Up  1. Rail Workers Agreement - The nation avoiding a major - major! - supply chain issue when the Rail Workers union settled their dispute. In the process we learned that these workers had one - one! - sick day per year. That's absolutely insane. How could you not root for the union here to win? And they did.  2. Protecting Same-Sex/Interracial Marriage - It's amazing that we have to politicize and advocate as people for these kid of things, but here we are.  3. World Cup - Sports biggest event continues on with some thrilling games and upsets. Selfishly giving some love to the US Men's National Team who survived Group Play and made it to the Knockout stages.  3 Down 1. "Terminating the Constitution" - Look, I'm so over bashing Donald Trump. That's my neutral take on it all. My political take is this, how did we get here? Candidates are calling for ripping up the document that we base everything off of? Again, how did we get here?  2. Hate Speech on Twi