Matt Lauer Gone from NBC but Al Franken Still in Senate

With Matt Lauer gone overnight, we get a new look at how low the standards are for Democrat politicians.

Yesterday, the news of Matt Lauer abruptly gone from his job was broken by his former employer. So far I haven’t heard of any vociferous denials from Lauer, so I’m inclined to think that there is a basis in truth. I confess I’d like to know more details about Lauer’s behavior because I’d like to compare it to what we know Al Franken did. Franken, for some reason, gets to keep his job.

The Daily Beast reports, “NBC Fires Matt Lauer for Sexual Misconduct, but the Worst Is Yet to Come.

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In a statement read on the air at the top of the program by Lauer’s shaken co-host, Savannah Guthrie, Lack said the abrupt termination was prompted by a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer.”

The bombshell announcement—a week after CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose was removed from his anchor chair, and had his eponymous PBS and Bloomberg Media show canceled, because of sexual-harassment complaints published by The Washington Post—came amid weeks-long rumors that unnamed outlets were preparing to run an investigation about allegations of Lauer’s workplace misconduct.

CNN reported The New York Times had been working on a story for weeks about Lauer’s alleged misconduct.

“I’m so sorry to say, Norah… that we know how they [Lauer’s NBC News colleagues] feel,” CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King said on the air, after her colleague Norah O’Donnell reported that Rose has been the subject of “at least three” new sexual-harassment complaints from female employees at CBS News. “We know that feeling of reeling and shock,” King continued, “and how you just get through it one day at a time. It’s a very, very sad story.”

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Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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