Matt Lauer accused Ronan Farrow of poor and biased journalism in his book Catch and Kill, which included a rape charge against former presenter of Today, which Lauer claims to be false.
Farrow, a writer for the Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker, said that Lauer “was just wrong.”
Lauer wrote an article on the Mediaite website a day after an investigation in the New York Times suggested that Farrow, who won a Pulitzer for his work on the charges against Harvey Weinstein, was far from minute to check his work.
Lauer, likewise, said that Farrow did not substantiate several specific charges against him in the 2019 book, Catch and Kill.
NBC fired Lauer in 2017 for an inappropriate relationship with a colleague. In Farrow’s book, former colleague Brooke Nevils said Lauer raped her in a hotel room in Sochi during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lauer denied the rape charges, and he and Nevils said they had a later consensual relationship.
“What I discovered while reading the book was frankly shocking, and it should concern anyone who cares about journalism,” Lauer wrote. “These are not just accusations against the former host of Today. “
Lauer noted the bad feelings between Farrow and NBC News, who refused to broadcast the work he had done then to the network on the story of Weinstein. He then brought his equipment to the New Yorker.
As a result, “it has become a loving and caring ear for anyone who has negative stories about the network and the people who work there,” said Lauer.
Farrow tweeted a brief response to Lauer’s lengthy play, “All I will 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. “
All I will 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.
– Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) May 19, 2020
The editor of Farrow, Little, Brown and Co., said he fully supported the author.
“Ronan’s dedication to thoroughly and thoroughly verifying his reporting, his commitment to victims’ rights and his impeccable attention to detail and nuance make us proud to be his editor,” the company said in a statement.
Mediaite said its editors checked with four people Lauer spoke to for his article, and that they all independently supported the conversations they had with him.