Bozell on Matt Lauer: How Many NBC People 'Enabled His Abuse of Women?'

By Michael W. Chapman | November 29, 2017 | 1:34 PM EST

MRC President Brent Bozell. 

(CNSNews.com) -- Commenting on NBC News' firing of host Matt Lauer for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said he was "happy to see" NBC's swift action but added there "must have been numerous people at NBC" who knew of Lauer's "repugnant behavior" and asked how many "actually enabled his abuse of women"? 

“This is truly a case of a wolf in sheep’s clothing," said Bozell in a statement released today. "Matt Lauer has spent decades sanctimoniously lecturing others on the ethics of their behavior, yet clearly has not held himself to the same standards."

"Sexual harassment in any way, shape or form is absolutely repugnant," he said. "These allegations are shocking, but perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by his behavior. Remember, this is a man who once attempted to dismiss Bill Clinton’s sex scandals as ‘personal peccadilloes.’"

Former NBC Today show co-anchor Matt Lauer.  (YouTube) 

Lauer, co-anchor of the Today show, has been with NBC News since 1992. His termination from NBC was announced in a Nov. 29 statement from NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, who said that the company had "received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer."

"While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident," said Lack. 

The MRC's Bozell further said,  "I am happy to see NBC has taken swift action with Lauer. They are ridding themselves of someone whose actions are personally detestable."

"But a question remains," said Bozell.  "As with so many other sexual harassment allegations, this did not happen in a bubble. Clearly, there must have been numerous people at NBC who knew about his repugnant behavior."

"Where have they been all this time?" said Bozell. "How many people who could have put an end to this actually enabled his abuse of women?"

The MRC, founded in 1987,  is a non-profit media watchdog whose "sole mission is to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media." (Disclosure: The MRC is the parent organization of CNSNews.com.) 


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
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