Matt Lauer Apologizes

From Matt Lauer's apology today:

“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed,” Mr. Lauer wrote in a message issued by his public relations team. “I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.”

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Mr. Lauer wrote. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.

His statement ends with: [More...]

Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul-searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

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    Not easy to evaluate these apologies (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by McBain on Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 12:50:50 PM EST
    because we don't know exactly what, if anything, these celebrities/politicians are guilty of.   I thought Louis CK and Al Franken had decent statements but their words were still heavily criticized. I doubt this apology from Lauer will fare much better.

    Even if someone (and their PR team) craft the perfect statement, how do we know it's sincere... like when Lauer says "soul-searching" will be his full time job?


    Nice way to blow your ... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by desertswine on Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 01:20:35 PM EST
    $25 million dollar a year salary, Lauer.

    Not to mention your 16,000 acre ranch in New Zealand due to your "character" problems.

    This land is my land (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by jondee on Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 05:00:40 PM EST
    that land is my land..from the redwood forests..

    Somehow I'm more bugged over the ease with which the wealthy arse-grabbers of the world like Lauer are able to scarf up and block access to so many of the fields, streams, woods, and beaches on the planet.

    Luckily my merry men and I aren't thwarted so easily.


    Aye Sir Robin... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 06:19:15 PM EST
    Can't say I know if the NZ OIO is on the level, but we could use some of that intention over here. For natural wonders and dwellings laying vacant as cash shelters while people sleep on subway grates with no money for state park access.

    Lucky for Will Scarlet over here, even in middle age I can still hop a mean fence if necessary.


    I wonder if protecting the sheep... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 01:58:38 PM EST
    from arse-grabbing is in the New Zealand OIO bylaws.

    aparrently (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 02, 2017 at 07:31:01 AM EST
    Har! Well that made my day. (none / 0) (#5)
    by desertswine on Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 02:42:45 PM EST
    There are some of us (5.00 / 4) (#4)
    by Repack Rider on Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 02:10:19 PM EST
    ...men, who never worry about one of those things turning up.

    That's the upside of respecting women all my life.  There is no downside.

    I bet you could tell some stories... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 03:12:43 PM EST
    from your years as a roadie about them other type of guys though.  What some girls had to do for a backstage pass and all that...  

    I'll give the apology credit (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by ruffian on Sun Dec 03, 2017 at 10:50:11 AM EST
    for not using the 'if anyone was hurt, I apologize' format. He acknowledges there was hurt and damage.

    It matters to victims.  

    Drive by insult to (none / 0) (#9)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Dec 01, 2017 at 07:29:25 PM EST
    Katie Couric deleted. Clearly the commenter's lazy and shallow attempt at information gathering was on display.

    After her anchor position at CBS News, Katie Couric was hired as Yahoo's Global News Anchor in 2013 for $6 million a year in cash and stock. In 2015, her contract was renewed for $10 million in cash and stock.

    Her contract was renewed again until June, and Verizon bought out Yahoo in July, 2017. It created a new division called Oath, consolidating AOL and Yahoo. Katie was offered the opportunity to continue, she made the decision in June to decide what projects to work on on a case by case basis.

    According to Oath, since joining Yahoo ... Couric and her team generated nearly one billion video views and has grown them annually by 300 percent, producing close to 60 videos each week.

    She also covered major political events for Yahoo News and nabbed big newsmakers. Her most successful interview was with former government security programmer Edward Snowden in Moscow, which she did for both Yahoo and its partner ABC News.

    Among the projects she is involved with:

    ... a six-part documentary series she is doing with National Geographic on major social issues, her second project there. She is also the executive producer of "Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric," which was released on National Geographic this year.

    In addition, she is expanding her own production company. The idea that she is somehow  reduced to producing her own podcasts is just false.

    Why don't you learn a little about her? Try What I've Learned Over the 19 Christmases Since My Husband Died.

    I have never been a morning TV person but trashing Katie Couric for no good reason is unacceptable. Drive by insults to anyone are not appreciated here