Matt Lauer Responds to Ronan Farrow after ‘NY Times’ Skepticism Over His Reporting
Matt Lauer seemed to enjoy watching the New York Times question Ronan Farrow’s reporting in his book that included rape allegations against Matt.
In a nutshell, the report raised real skepticism around Ronan’s reporting, specifically how he supposedly failed to interview important corroborating witnesses.
“This week The New York Times published a piece that was highly critical of Ronan Farrow’s journalistic methods and standards,’’ Matt wrote in a piece for Mediaite. “Ronan stood by his reporting in response. The Times story prompted me to move forward with my own findings.’’
“I was shaken, but not surprised, that few in the media were willing to thoroughly challenge the accusations against me, or the person making them,’’ he said. “I had originally intended to release [the rebuttal] in November of 2019, but personal considerations at that time, and later news events impacting us all, delayed those plans.”
Matt explained that after Ronan’s 2019 book Catch and Kill detailed allegations by former NBC staffer Brooke Neville that the TV star had raped her, “The rush to judgment was swift.”
“In fact,” he added, “on the morning I was falsely accused of rape, and before I could even issue a statement, some journalists were already calling my accuser ‘brave’ and ‘courageous.'”
“I was also disappointed, but not surprised, that Ronan Farrow’s overall reporting faced so little scrutiny. Until this week’s critical reporting by The New York Times, many in the media perceived his work as inherently beyond basic questioning… However, [Ronan] was hardly an unbiased journalist when it came to anything to do with NBC, and he was rarely challenged as he dropped salacious stories in a daily marketing effort designed to create media attention for his book.”
Read the rest of his rebuttal HERE.