Matt Lauer: Why Ronan Farrow Is Indeed Too Good to Be True

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Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images Editor’s Note: After Matt Lauer submitted this piece, a response to Ronan Farrow’s book Catch and Kill , Mediaite editors independently fact checked the accounts of the four witnesses/subjects Lauer spoke with and cites in this piece. All confirmed in early February that Lauer’s account of their conversations was accurate.

As with all Mediaite opinion pieces, the views expressed in this article are those of the author.

A note of context:

I had originally intended to release this piece in November of 2019, but personal considerations at that time, and later news events impacting us all, delayed those plans. This week The New York Times published a piece that was highly critical of Ronan Farrow’s journalistic methods and standards. Ronan stood by his reporting in response. The Times story prompted me to move forward with my own findings.

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In late November 2017, I was fired from my job at the Today show after admitting to having a consensual, yet inappropriate relationship with a fellow employee in the workplace. NBC said it was a violation of company policy, and it ended my 25-year career at the network.

I say these words with sincerity and humility. I am sorry for the way I conducted myself. I made some terrible decisions, and I betrayed the trust of many people.If this story had ended there you would not be reading this. But, it did not end there.On October 9, 2019, I was falsely accused of rape.The allegation came from Brooke […]

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