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Lauer offered to resign with 'Today' troubles

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:35 a.m. HST, Mar 12, 2013

NEW YORK » A report says Matt Lauer was ready to take the fall last year for troubles on NBC's "Today" show.

The Daily Beast reported Monday that Lauer told Steve Burke, the chief executive of NBC Universal, that he would leave if Burke thought the show was better off without him. Burke dismissed the idea. The account of the behind-the-scenes drama at the troubled morning show was confirmed by show spokeswoman Megan Kopf on Monday.

"Today" has slipped behind ABC's "Good Morning America" in the ratings, and the slide was more pronounced after Ann Curry's messy departure as Lauer's co-host last summer.

Many viewers blamed Lauer for Curry's ouster, but the report said Lauer had been urging NBC to move more slowly with plans to replace her.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Lauer is to Today, what Joe Moore is to KHON2 News. Come on now NBC get it together...
on March 11,2013 | 11:10PM
burymeagain wrote:
Both should consider retiring.
on March 12,2013 | 12:29PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Lauer is old news. Nobody watches this show. It has a definitive slant towards progressive style, and folks are just getting fed-up with opinion generated news. It's not news, it's opinion.
on March 12,2013 | 04:57AM
thevisitor967 wrote:
How is that any different than Fox News?
on March 12,2013 | 08:21AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Well, Nancy, it's not that different other than the fact that 95% of our media is hard-over liberal/progressive.
on March 12,2013 | 08:49AM
menehunemimi wrote:
Except for talk-show hosts. Left-leaning call-in shows never seem to make the ratings like Rush does.
on March 12,2013 | 02:08PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Lauer is an overpaid news commenter and not a real journalist. He is a mouth piece for the left agenda types.
on March 12,2013 | 12:05PM
serious wrote:
When they threw Ann Curry under the bus that was the end. Roker doesn't add anything either except he fills the obligatory minority role.
on March 12,2013 | 05:06AM
Oahuan wrote:
Lauer is old and balding. Get some one new.
on March 12,2013 | 05:40AM
honopic wrote:
Wow! Two prejudices for the price of one! Real classy, Oahuan.
on March 12,2013 | 07:32AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Joe Moore would be awesome in that spot!
on March 12,2013 | 07:35AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I was a regular NBC news watcher up until a few years ago. I changed after seeing them insert significant bias (liberal) into their reporting. Joe Moore does the same thing except it's more personal bias so I stopped watching him as well (more than 15 years ago). Why can't these "news" reporters report the news, not manipulate it? If I want left wing news I can watch CNBC. If I want right wing news I can watch FOX.
on March 12,2013 | 07:55AM
thevisitor967 wrote:
Because that's the way news is. How long have you been living in the U.S.? And it's not just TV--it's also newspapers. The New York Times is liberal. The Wall Street Journal is conservative. Blah. Blah. Blah. Get used to it. There is no un-slanted news outlet in print or TV.
on March 12,2013 | 08:24AM
serious wrote:
Except on reader comments, RIGHT????
on March 12,2013 | 08:47AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Very true. However, for the vast majority of the media is slanted to the left. Would be better if there was at least an attempt at balance, but no, just too much to ask, intellectual honesty. Even PBS with the smarmy, unctuous liberal Bill Moyers leans left. Beyond that the major networks are increasingly subliminating their left-wing views into their dramatic programming. We're awash in this political junk and the media has essentially turned into a left-wing propaganda arm.
on March 12,2013 | 08:59AM
serious wrote:
Pacej001, you make a point. I was on the bus the other day and sat next to a Canadian, and she asked why Obama considers himself a Black while he is white/black. My comment--I didn't think I'd get a question like that--was as a black he gets better media coverage--anything said against him is racial. Jimmy Carter said that in something that had nothing to do with race. He's getting a free ticket. And, he loves being in front of a crowd and saying nothing because he has been given the crown by the media as a great orator--yes, I am white, but I listen and don't get it. Am I alone?
on March 12,2013 | 09:30AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
First mistake is to think of the Today show as a news program. It is a morning entertainment program. It has a short new segment but that is not what the show is about.
on March 12,2013 | 12:04PM
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