Matt Lauer Gets Blasted on Twitter for His Op-Ed Targeting Ronan Farrow and Ann Curry

Former Today Show host Matt Lauer has been off the air for almost two-and-a-half years since his firing due to allegations of sexual misconduct. As a substantial topic in Ronan Farrow’s high-profile book published last year, the disgraced NBC anchor is clapping back at the author’s practices of journalism and claiming that Farrow clearly did not fact-check his allegations.

In a lengthy op-ed, Lauer refutes several accusations of Farrow’s and also manages to bring Ann Curry’s name into the mix. Despite the lengthy diatribe, public opinion isn’t buying into Lauer’s take.

Ann Curry and Matt Lauer of the 'Today Show'
Ann Curry and Matt Lauer of the ‘Today Show’ | Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Matt Lauer criticizes Ronan Farrow’s fact-checking

An article in The New York Times published last weekend that took aim at Ronan Farrow apparently prompted Lauer to bring his own statement to the press. In a lengthy op-ed for Mediaite entitled “Why Ronan Farrow Is Indeed Too Good to Be True,” Lauer outlines several of Farrow’s points in his best-selling book Catch and Kill and calls specific attention to the allegations of rape that were brought to light in October 2019.

When former NBC producer Brooke Nevils spoke to Farrow for his book, she claimed she was assaulted by Lauer at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Lauer immediately clapped back saying they had an “extramarital affair” that was completely 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 against NBC due to his MSNBC show being cancelled and the network causing obstacles in his reporting against Harvey Weinstein, Lauer built his own case to call out potential missteps in Farrow’s journalistic process.

“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, adding what he found to be discrepancies in the text.

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Ann Curry’s ousting is referenced in Matt Lauer’s piece

Few forget the firing of Curry in 2012, where Lauer was blamed for her ousting. After Lauer’s exit in 2017, Curry revealed that she had reported him to network execs for allegations told to her from a co-worker. Lauer clearly had an idea of the colleague’s identity and called her and Curry out in his statement.

“For nearly 10 years, [Melissa] Lonner has spread a false rumor alleging I exposed myself to her in my office,” he said, vehemently denying the claim and referencing the lack of evidence supporting it. “Lonner is also a close friend of Ann Curry, and both believed I had a major role in having Ann removed from our show in 2012 in what was a terrible chapter at Today that played out in the headlines. They both blamed me.”

Lauer takes aim at Farrow’s interview with Curry for his book as well as the former Today star’s personal feelings 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 back at Lauer’s op-ed on Twitter with a simple statement. “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 public isn’t siding with Lauer. Today Show fans voiced their disdain for the disgraced anchor on the show’s Twitter account.

“No. Just no!” a follower tweeted. “Matt Lauer (whom I used to adore) has not earned the right to be heard.” Another commented, “I don’t think we give a damn what sleazy Matt Lauer says.”

“I don’t want to hear from Matt Lauer for the rest of my life,” one follower wrote. Another tweeted, “What he did was wrong. He used his power to manipulate people. He should never be in TV again.”

Though the majority quickly shut down the former Today Show star, there were a few that understood his issue 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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