Lauer fallout … The results of the internal investigation conducted by NBC about NBC’s handling of Matt Lauer found that NBC did nothing wrong. That’s the headline today coming out of 30 Rockefeller Center. An NBC internal report stated that management at the network did not know about Lauer’s behavior. But, according to Deadline Hollywood, Lauer’s colleague Ann Curry told the Washington Post that she had told two members of NBC management six years ago of a “problem” with Lauer. In other news, North Korea says its citizens are well fed and living productive lives.
Related … In the wake of the Lauer investigation, accusations of sexual misconduct levied against Tom Brokaw, and dropping the ball on the Harvey Weinstein reporting, NBC and MSNBC are now “snub[bing] Ronan Farrow,” the investigative reporter fired by the network for wanting to cover sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. The Daily Caller’s Amber Athey and Joe Simonson documented how the sister networks seem to have “made a concerted effort to block Ronan Farrow from appearing” to discuss his report on New York Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and allegations of physical abuse. It has been a rough few weeks for the peacock.
What party? … Speaking of Schneiderman, if you are a regular watcher of ABC News’ programming, you might not know what party the disgraced former A.G. of N.Y. belongs to. NewsBusters has the story of how the network failed to mention Schneiderman is a Democrat. I’m sure that was just an error and not intentional in any way. Right?
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Without evidence … Last night, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti threw a Hail Mary into the friendly media via a tweet. Avenatti claimed, without evidence, that Michael Cohen received a $500,000 payment from a firm he claimed was “controlled by a Russian Oligarc(sp).” The media initially ate up the story and rushed to report it. Mentioning, of course, that he showed no evidence. The reporting was basically “we’re not saying, but this guy is saying.” Some in the media, however, have shown some skepticism that quite frankly is refreshing.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is one of them, saying, “since you haven’t gone through discovery yet, how would you have access to all of these bank records?” That’s a question that CRTV’s Dan Bongino explored in his podcast today.
Is Stelter Avenatti’s publicist? … Avenatti seems to have no greater cheerleader in the media than CNN’s head media critic/cheerleader, Brian Stelter. Last night Stelter dedicated a significant portion of his daily email to Avenatti, with the headline: “Love him or hate him, Michael Avenatti is a master of the media.” Lemme guess, Brian, you love him.
I try to keep this section light. But I need to get this one off my chest. Yesterday, after Donald Trump pulled the nation out of the Iran nuclear deal, my former U.S. senator, John F. Kerry, claimed that Trump has let the world know that America breaks promises.
Sorry, citizen Kerry, but America didn’t make a promise to begin with. Barack Obama made a personal promise. Under Article II, Section II of the United States Constitution, in order for an agreement made with a foreign power to be considered as a promise of the United States, it needs to be a treaty, and that treaty needs to be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. But then again, Barack Obama always did have an outsized ego and thought he “was” America.
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Robert Eno is the editor of the WTF MSM!? newsletter and director of retention for Blaze Media.