Minutes After Matt Lauer Accusations Released, Trump Calls to Fire MSM Execs

Minutes After Matt Lauer Accusations Released Trump Calls to Fire MSM Execs

Responding Wednesday to news that Matt Lauer, the longtime anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, had been terminated over allegations of “inappropriate sexual behavior,” President Donald Trump wondered in a tweet when the executives at NBC and other liberal networks would be fired for producing “so much fake news.”

“Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,’” Trump wrote. “But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!”

Andrew Lack is the current chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. As noted by Breitbart, however, “It is unclear what part of Lack’s past Trump was referring to.”

The president’s tweet can be seen below:

“Today” co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced Lauer’s termination on the air Wednesday morning, and read from a company-wide memo sent moments earlier by Lack.

“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” the memo read. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards.

“As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. 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.”

The president’s scathing criticism of the media follows months of tension between the Trump administration and a liberal media that many view as inherently biased against the president, his top officials and, in fact, all Republicans.

In a second tweet posted later in the morning, Trump doubled down, suggesting that Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, should be terminated as well, and also alluding to an unproven conspiracy theory regarding MSNBC host Joe Scarborough:

The mention of the conspiracy theory aside, Trump’s rhetoric fit perfectly with the widely held belief by conservatives that the media not only have been and continue to be unfair toward him, but also frequently share fake news about him and his policies.

Interestingly, among those known for peddling biased news was Lauer himself, as noted by the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters.

“From repeatedly excusing Bill Clinton’s sex scandals as mere ‘peccadillos’ to bashing George W. Bush’s ‘controversial’ presidency to gushing over Barack Obama as a ‘savior’ for the country, his double-standard treatment for Democrats and Republicans has been clear,” the media watchdog group reported.

“In addition, he more than once warned viewers that the end was near in his crusade to push the left’s climate change agenda,” it added.

It’s great that Lauer’s finally gone — albeit for a different reason — but when will the rest of the hacks in the media be expelled as well? That’s what the president wants to know.

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