Embattled NBC executives have been falling over themselves insisting they had no idea about Matt Lauer’s pervy past. But if anyone doubts that New York’s media elite was aware of Lauer’s reputation, they should look no further than a top-secret “roast” of Lauer that took place in October 2008.
The notorious event — now legendary in New York media circles — pushed the outer limits of sexist, racist, homophobic and obscene jokes — and left little doubt that Lauer’s colleagues knew NBC’s biggest star had a troubled marriage and a wandering eye.
Last week, NBC’s own Joe Scarborough, who attended the roast but said he left early, feeling uncomfortable, brought it up on “Morning Joe.” Lauer’s peccadillos, he said, were not just known about. At the roast, they were celebrated.
“The whole theme was that he does the show and then he has sex with people, with employees,” Scarborough said. “So was this whispered behind closed doors? No. It was shouted from the mountaintops and everybody laughed about it.”
The 2008 Friars Club roast took place at the New York Hilton and was attended by everyone from future President Donald Trump to TV legend Norman Lear to a constellation of New York’s media elite including Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Nancy O’Dell and Howard Stern. Also on hand were numerous top executives from across the business and almost everyone who was anyone at NBC News. …
Speaker Martha Stewart joked, “I hear NBC executives call Matt the ‘Cock of the Rock,’” according to The Voice.
Another of the roast’s speakers was current CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker — then the chairman of NBC Universal — who last week adamantly denied that he had any idea about Lauer’s in-office sexcapades. …
A shot at Lauer’s in-office relationship with Curry, who was in the room, got the biggest laugh of [“Today” star Katie Couric’s] routine. “No. 2 — He loves to eat Curry,” she said as Curry (sitting in the audience) went pale and the crowd roared with laughter. “What? Indian food! What’s wrong with you people?” …
But the most cringeworthy comments, in hindsight, were made by Lauer himself, who spoke at the end of the roast. The “Today” star alluded to sex with two former colleagues, Couric and Curry.
“Let me just say that I saw that colon a lot before the rest of you saw it,” Lauer said in an anal sex joke about Couric (who famously underwent a colonoscopy on air). …
Cameras and recorders were strictly banned — and this was before iPhones and their audio recorders had become ubiquitous.
Memories of the roast must be especially awkward for the various NBC executives now claiming they had no idea about Lauer’s reputation for sex harassment of women.
These are the people who run the media, telling people how to behave and what to think. They are politically correct, but truth and decency withered long ago. What sort of values do they have? What sort of values do they broadcast? How much effect on the rest of society do they have, when they determine what news is broadcast and what is not? They frame every issue, and push and nudge everyone’s opinions. Has society become more like them recently, under their tutelage?
These are the same people who are bitterly opposed to Trump and the people who voted for him, are openly biased, and are doing everything they can to bring Trump down. A clash of cultures.
Here is NBC’s own Joe Scarborough, mentioned above, on his show today. What he says is not credible, but just enormous spin.
As the “noose” of Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump team’s contacts with Russia is “tightening,” members of the administration are starting to understand they’re going “to jail … for the rest of their lives,” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said Tuesday.
“Knowing them, I think they’re shocked that the noose is tightening,” Brzezinski said. “I don’t know if they were arrogant or incredibly un-self aware and really dumb about what the job was about, how important it was, and how under the microscope every move you made would be. I think they just thought they’d go in there and riff through it. And I think they’re shocked that the noose is tightening and that people might go to jail.”
“You’re exactly right,” her co-host and fiancé, Joe Scarborough, agreed.
“For the rest of their lives,” Brzezinski added, perhaps hopefully.
Trump, Scarborough said, only ran for president as part of a money-making scheme, and did not actually expect to win.
Sure. Can the people’s choice be nullified and ousted by the media’s power to spin and lie?