Al Roker and NYC Mayor 'Bury the Snow Shovel' on NBC's 'Today'

February 25, 2014 | 8:08 AM EST

More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.

On Monday, the hosts of NBC's Today invited left-wing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated plaza outside Rockefeller Center's Studio 1A, with Matt Lauer gushing: "And look who stepped in here, the new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. Mr. Mayor, it's nice to see're here for a great help us cut the ribbon and usher in a new era on our gussied up plaza here."

Minutes later, weatherman Al Roker seized on the opportunity to "bury the snow shovel" with the Mayor after harshly criticizing de Blasio's poor handling of a recent snow storm: "And we'll get this out of the way. We had a little chat about school closings and snow. And we both want the best for the school kids out there. And our city."