Lauer’s editorial, “Why Ronan Farrow Is Too Good To Be True” echoes criticism in Smith’s column, which raised questions about Farrow’s reporting practices.
Farrow’s book came out in 2019, two years lateraccording to what he called “admitting to having a consensual but inappropriate relationship with a co-worker”. While Lauer maintains that the relationship was consensual, his accuser, Brooke Nevils, that Lauer raped her. Details of his charges were made public in “Catch and Kill”.
In the long editorial, Lauer examines Farrow’s book, which recounts the author’s journalistic investigation into the allegations against Lauer and disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Lauer details a number of cases where he says that Farrow and his fact checker did not contact the witnesses to see if they supported his accuser’s claims. When Lauer called the witnesses himself, he said they disputed some of the events described in the book.
“From start to finish, Ronan acts as an advocate for Brooke, not as a reporter investigating his claims,” writes Lauer.
He says he wanted to reveal “faulty reports and factual errors that could easily have been avoided with a minimum of effort on the part of Ronan Farrow, and which put his version of this story in a significantly different light.”
Lauer also claims that Farrow had a grievance against NBC because its MSNBC program was canceled and the network chose not to broadcast its reports on Harvey Weinstein. Farrow “was hardly an impartial journalist when it came to anything to do with NBC, and he was rarely challenged by dropping dirty stories in a daily marketing effort designed to grab media attention on his book, ”writes Lauer.
Farrow posted a brief response to the opinion letter on Tuesday evening, tweeting, “All I’m going to say about this is that Matt Lauer is just plain wrong. Catch and Kill has been thoroughly reported and verified, including with Matt Lauer himself. “
Mediaite said after Lauer originally submitted the opinion letter last fall, “The editors of Mediaite independently verified the accounts of the four witnesses / subjects with whom Lauer spoke and quotes in this article. All confirmed in early February that Lauer’s account of their conversations was accurate. “
Lauer’s foray into the public immediately drew attention to social media. He was in vogue on Twitter shortly after the editorial was published online, and many of the tweets were negative.
His accuser, Brooke Nevils, tweeted a brief but hard-hitting response: “DARVO: deny, attack, reverse the victim and the offender. “