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NBC Matt Lauer Roast Surpassed the Trump Tape

Written by Joe Scudder

Everyone seemed to know SOMETHING about his sex obsession and activities and to find them funny at the 2008 Matt Lauer roast.

Despite Fox’s interpretation, I’m not sure what was said at the 2008 Matt Lauer roast proves that “everyone knew” that he was a sexual predator. But it does show a huge number of politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and media celebrities could hold a public event filled with vile, sexually-perverse jokes, and keep the content of their speeches secret.

Donald Trump was there in 2008. He must have remembered this when he was told how he could never be “presidential.” It must have seemed ironic that these same people condemned him for his words caught on tape. These people, pretending to be experts on who’s qualified to be president and the moral guardians of the universe, are all pervs who hide their own moral degeneracy from the public.

Fox News reports, “Matt Lauer’s office sexcapades known to media elites, who roared with laughter over lewd jokes at 2008 ‘roast.’

Embattled NBC executives have been falling over themselves, insisting they had no idea about Matt Lauer’s pervy past. But if anyone doubts that New York’s media elite was aware of Lauer’s reputation, they should look no further than a top-secret “roast” of Lauer that took place in October 2008.

The notorious event ─ now legendary in New York media circles ─ pushed the outer limits of sexist, racist, homophobic and obscene jokes — and left little doubt that Lauer’s colleagues knew NBC’s biggest star had a troubled marriage and a wandering eye.

Last week, NBC’s own Joe Scarborough, who attended the roast but said he left early, feeling uncomfortable, brought it up on “Morning Joe.” Lauer’s peccadillos, he said, were not just known about. At the roast, they were celebrated.

“The whole theme was that he does the show and then he has sex with people, with employees,” Scarborough said. “So was this whispered behind closed doors? No. It was shouted from the mountaintops and everybody laughed about it.”

The 2008 Friars Club roast took place at the New York Hilton and was attended by everyone from future President Donald Trump to TV legend Norman Lear to a constellation of New York’s media elite including Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Nancy O’Dell and Howard Stern. Also on hand were numerous top executives from across the business and almost everyone who was anyone at NBC News. Fox News has confirmed many details of the roast with a media executive who attended, and has also drawn on the one contemporaneous account of the roast, which appeared in The Village Voice.

The Fox story continues description of what was said at this party. You won’t believe how disgusting it is.

Read the entire Fox News story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

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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