Much has been written about The Today Show firing Ann Curry and the public's perception of Matt Lauer's involvement. The firing damaged the former No. 1 morning show enough for Good Morning America to take the top spot in the ratings. It also spawned countless attempts by NBC to clean up the mess and salvage Lauer's reputation.
Just when most people had begun to forget about the show's dark days Esquire magazine interviewed Lauer about what transpired. The morning show staple blamed "laziness of the media" in part for repeating rumor after rumor.
The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience. I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact. And yet, what were my options? Does anyone want to see a person who’s making the money that the newspapers say I’m making complaining, “Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair”? No one would’ve had any patience for that. I wouldn’t have any patience for that. So you just shut up and go about doing your job and hope that people who know you well — your friends and your family — know what’s true.
Read the entire interview at Esquire.