Dec 2, 2017

Matt Lauer lied "up until the very moment" he was caught, NBC says

Hoda Kotb (left) and Savannah Guthrie anchor "Today" on Thursday. Photo: Craig Ruttle / AP

"Matt Lauer will not get his $30 million payout from NBC News, network bosses have ruled, even though his lawyers argue he still has over a year left on his contract," the N.Y. Post's Emily Smith and Carlos Greer report:

  • NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said at a meeting with "Nightly News" staff "that Lauer would not be paid a penny more because he was terminated 'for cause.'"
  • Oppenheim said "Lauer had continued to lie about his sexual impropriety up until the very moment he realized he was caught red handed."
  • Oppenheim said NBC News Chairman Andy Lack "had confronted Lauer on Monday before meeting with the complainant. Oppenheim said, 'Andy asked Matt point blank, "Is there any truth to this?" And Matt said, "No."'"
  • "Lauer did later own up when confronted with the full damning account from his victim, plus the full sexting evidence."

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Obama on George Floyd's death: "This shouldn't be 'normal'"

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Former President Obama said in a statement Friday that the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer, "shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America."

What he's saying: "[W]e have to remember that for millions of Americans being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly 'normal' — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or watching birds in a park."

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Trump's big, empty beef with Twitter

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President Trump finally acted on his now year-old threat to take action against social media platforms for alleged bias against conservatives. But so far, according to experts in both government and the industry, the threat looks mostly empty.

Driving the news: Trump escalated his war on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting repeatedly that the company needs to be regulated after it overnight added a warning label to a tweet of his calling for the military to start shooting looters, which violated Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence.