NBC’s “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer and “Prairie Home Companion” creator Garrison Keillor latest to be purged

 

US sexual witch-hunt

NBC’s “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer and “Prairie Home Companion” creator Garrison Keillor latest to be purged

By
David Walsh

30 November 2017

The purge of the US entertainment, media and political world initiated in early October by the New York Times has chalked up two more victims. The spinelessness and contempt for democracy in these circles seems almost universal and unlimited.

NBC News announced Wednesday it had axed Matt Lauer, longtime co-anchor of its “Today” show, after receiving a complaint on Monday night about his alleged sexual impropriety.

Matt Lauer in 2012 (Photo credit: David Shankbone)

Later on Wednesday, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) announced the firing of Garrison Keillor, former host and creator of “A Prairie Home Companion,” a staple of public radio for decades. Keillor retired from the program in 2016, but MPR continued to distribute and broadcast his “The Writer’s Almanac” and rebroadcast “The Best of A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor.”

The speed and brutality of Lauer’s dismissal, in particular, was breathtaking. The “Today” anchor, who had hosted the program since 1997 and appeared on it as usual Tuesday morning, was apparently discharged Tuesday night. NBC made its public announcement Wednesday morning.

The startling action reportedly occurred following a complaint made by a female NBC staffer about Lauer’s behavior during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

An unnamed informant cited by the New York Post’s “Page Six” gossip section explained, “This happened so quickly. She [the accuser] didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired on Tuesday night. The victim says she has…

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