NBC Instantly Mocked After It Releases Internal Investigation Report on Lauer

  • NBC Instantly Mocked After It Releases Internal Investigation Report on Lauer

NBC Instantly Mocked After It Releases Internal Investigation Report on Lauer

The investigation was led by Kim Harris, NBCUniversal's general counsel. About a week later, NBC News determined that Lauer's conduct violated company policy and fired the former Today Show host.

A few employees who did have concerns "assumed nothing would be done to address them... given Lauer's perceived importance to the news division", the report said.

Current and former members of NBC News and Today Show leadership, as well as News HR, stated that they had never received a complaint about inappropriate workplace behavior by Lauer, and we did not find any contrary evidence.

NBC released results of its internal investigation stemming from the misconduct allegations that toppled Today show star Matt Lauer last November. "Every such individual credibly responded that they had no such knowledge". According to these women, Lauer did not pursue them further when they deflected or ignored the overture, and they did not experience any retaliation. "Most witnesses interviewed stated that they had heard or read rumors about Lauer's personal life, including tabloid stories about the troubled state of his marriage and the possibility of extramarital affairs, but those witnesses believed, with limited exceptions, that the rumored extramarital affairs were with women outside of the Company". We can not change the past.

During her past year on the "Today" show, in 2012, Lauer's co-host Ann Curry said she approached two members of NBC's management team after an NBC female staffer told her she was "sexually harassed physically" by Lauer.

"In a discussion with the investigation team, Curry confirmed that she did not disclose to anyone in management that she had received a specific complaint".

The report suggests that employees were aware of Lauer's marital problems and that he had had extramarital affairs, though they believed, "with limited exceptions", that the affairs were with women outside NBC, according to the report.

In his note to staff, Lack said that employees can now also go to an outside law firm, Seyfarth Shaw, to lodge complaints about workplace behavior.

"It takes all 2,145 of us together, having each other's backs, to make this goal a reality that starts now", he wrote. There was no mention of a former NBC News employee's accusation last month that former "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw made unwanted advances on her, which he has denied.

In order to get past Lauer's misdeeds, the investigation team recommended that NBC should take "immediate, concrete steps to create a lasting culture that encourages a respectful work environment free of inappropriate sexual or other conduct".

NBC's ideological colleagues throughout the establishment media - CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, etc., will allow NBC to turn the page on this scandal, using the fig leaf of this whitewash.