NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Calling Matt Lauer an embarrassment to the NBC Network and journalism, the co-hosts of the ‘Today’ Show resigned en masse today. Lauer’s co-hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Savannah Gunthrie did not show up on the set of the popular morning show on Thursday.
At issue was Lauer’s mishandling of the presidential forum on Wednesday. He was accused of unfairness, sloppiness and even sexism in moderating the event.
Granted 30 minutes with each candidate, who appeared back-to-back at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan, Lauer devoted about a third of his time with Mrs. Clinton to questions about her use of a private email server, then seemed to rush through subsequent queries about weighty topics like domestic terror attacks.
In contrast. Mr. Trump stormed onstage in his familiar motor-mouth style, often talking over Lauer and declining to directly answer many of his questions.
Most egregiously, Mr. Lauer allowed Mr. Trump to repeat, unchallenged, the false claim that he had opposed the war in Iraq when he supported the invasion on record in 2002.
The Adobo Chronicles ran into Roker at his Manhattan gym and we asked him why he was boycotting their morning show.
“I don’t want to be identified with a biased co-host,” he said. “I am a true journalist and I don’t want that reputation to be tarnished.”
We asked Roker who he thought should have moderated the forum instead.
“Ann Curry,” he said with full confidence.