Matt Lauer issued a large rebuttal Tuesday to Ronan Farrow’s explosive guide that included rape allegations in opposition to the previous NBC star — two days after Farrow was ripped in a media column over his reporting.
“I used to be shaken, however not shocked, that few within the media had been keen to totally problem the accusations in opposition to me, or the individual making them,’’ Lauer wrote in a bit on the web site Mediaite.
“I had initially meant to launch [Tuesday’s rebuttal] in November of 2019, however private issues at that point, and later information occasions impacting us all, delayed these plans,’’ the disgraced ex-talk-show host and information anchor mentioned with out elaborating.
“This week The New York Times revealed a bit that was extremely vital of Ronan Farrow’s journalistic strategies and requirements,’’ Lauer mentioned.
“Ronan stood by his reporting in response. The Times story prompted me to maneuver ahead with my very own findings.’’
Lauer mentioned that after Farrow’s 2019 guide, “Catch and Kill,’’ detailed allegations by former NBC staffer Brooke Neville that the TV star had raped her, “The frenzy to judgment was swift.
“In actual fact, on the morning I used to be falsely accused of rape, and earlier than I might even concern a press release, some journalists had been already calling my accuser ‘courageous’ and ‘brave,’ ” Lauer wrote.
“I used to be additionally disenchanted, however not shocked, that Ronan Farrow’s general reporting confronted so little scrutiny. Till this week’s vital reporting by The New York Times, many within the media perceived his work as inherently past primary questioning.
“Nevertheless, [Farrow] was hardly an unbiased journalist when it got here to something to do with NBC, and he was not often challenged as he dropped salacious tales in a day by day advertising and marketing effort designed to create media consideration for his guide.”
“What I discovered once I learn the guide was frankly stunning, and it ought to concern anybody who cares about journalism,’’ mentioned Lauer — as he challenged point-by-point a few of what he known as Farrow’s “flawed reporting and factual errors.
“This isn’t nearly accusations in opposition to the previous host of the ‘As we speak’ present. It’s about whether or not altering social attitudes will be allowed to vary probably the most basic guidelines of journalism,’’ the fallen newsman mentioned.
“It’s about whether or not, as journalists, we have now a accountability to verify information and vet sources.’’
Farrow mentioned Monday that he stands by his reporting, the day after New York Times media columnist Ben Smith panned his work.
Farrow “delivers narratives which can be irresistibly cinematic — with unmistakable heroes and villains … [and] typically omits the complicating information and inconvenient particulars that will make them much less dramatic,’’ Smith wrote.
Lauer additionally wrote Tuesday about being fired from his prime job on the “As we speak’’ present in 2017, “after admitting to having a consensual, but inappropriate relationship with a fellow worker within the office,’’ Neville.
“I say these phrases with sincerity and humility. I’m sorry for the way in which I carried out myself. I made some horrible selections, and I betrayed the belief of many individuals,’’ he mentioned.
“If this story had ended there you wouldn’t be studying this. However, it didn’t finish there.
“On October 9, 2019, I used to be falsely accused of rape.
“I’m not suggesting that the whole lot Ronan has written in his guide is unfaithful or primarily based on misinformation, however it’s clear that over the course of almost two years he grew to become a magnet and a keen ear for anybody with unfavourable tales in regards to the community and individuals who labored for it,’’ Lauer mentioned.
“I imagine Ronan knew his work on Catch and Kill would obtain little in the way in which of scrutiny, from the very starting.
“It’s the one method to clarify why he was so keen to desert widespread sense and true truth checking in favor of salacious, and deeply flawed, materials.”