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The 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week: Matt Lauer and NBC

October 15, 2019 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
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The 411mania Dumpster Fire of the Week

Hello, everyone, and welcome to The 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week. I’m Bryan Kristopowitz.

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The 2019 Fall TV season is in full swing, and one of the lamest new shows is NBC’s Bluff City Law. Starring the great Jimmy Smits, Bluff City Law is all about a big deal, socially conscious law firm in Memphis, Tennessee. While it isn’t a bad show, it really isn’t all that good, either. The cast is solid (Smits is always excellent is just about everything that he does, and the woman that plays his hard ass daughter Sydney, Caitlin McGee, is good and interesting), but the show is just trying too hard to be “important.” I think it would be far more interesting if the law firm that Smits founded/works for/whatever was just a law firm that took all sorts of cases, from murder cases to low level, small claims type cases. Why does every case a TV law firm deals with have to be “ground breaking” and, well, “important”? Why can’t a case just be a case?

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On the good new show front, the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola is terrific. Billy Gardell is wonderful as Bob, the sock company CEO that has a thing for Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), the nurse he met in the hospital after he had a heart episode. Gardell and Olowofoyeku have great chemistry, and the tone of the show is very different from the typical CBS sitcom produced by Chuck Lorre. So far, it isn’t as wacky as something like Two and a Half Men, and it will be interesting to see how long it takes for Bob and Abishola to get together. You just know it’s going to happen.

What are some of your favorite new shows? I haven’t had a chance to watch The Unicorn or Carol’s Second Act. Are they worth watching?

And now onto this week’s Dumpster Fire of the Week.

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This week, the 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week goes to former morning news personality and Today Show host Matt Lauer, and the broadcast network he used to work for, NBC, for the recent revelations from Ronan Farrow’s latest book. As was reported damn near everywhere last week, according to investigative reporter Ronan Farrow in his new book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Matt Lauer is a rapist and NBC News covered up multiple sexual misconduct allegations, some related to Lauer, some related to other people within NBC. Farrow claims that NBC paid off multiple women and lied about what it knew about Lauer and others before Lauer was fired.

The details of the rape allegations against Lauer are nothing short of horrific. According to Farrow’s book, Lauer attacked a young woman named Brooke Nevils, an NBC employee at the time, while covering the Olympic Games in Sochi back in 2014. Basically, after going to Lauer’s hotel room, Lauer is alleged to have engaged in anal sex with Nevils against her will. Nevils was inebriated at the time and couldn’t give consent (Nevils also says that she told Lauer no, to stop, multiple times, but he continued raping her). Lauer has denied all of the allegations made against him, but admits to having an affair with Nevils (Nevils also admits to having some sort of sexual relationship with Lauer after the rape incident). Farrow’s book also apparently reveals that Nevils is the one who made the complaint against Lauer and that it was that complaint that got Lauer fired back in 2017. As for the allegations against NBC as a whole, it sure as hell looks like NBC and NBC News engaged in a far reaching cover-up to protect multiple abusers, harassers, and God knows what else.

Now, should anyone be surprised by any of this? Not really. As we saw with Fox News and the allegations made against Bill O’Reilly, CBS News with Charlie Rose and CBS as a whole with CEO Les Moonves, networks had a tendency to protect abusers and harassers if they were deemed important assets (O’Reilly had the top rated show on Fox News, and Rose was a popular host of the network’s morning show, and Les Moonves was, well, Les Moonves) until the start of the “#MeToo” movement and the whole Harvey Weinstein thing. In the wake of Weinstein, as soon as allegations and claims were made public, “internal investigations” were begun and people were fired. The only thing that’s surprising is that more stories from all over didn’t come out and that more abusers haven’t gone down.

The allegations against Lauer are devastating because they likely end whatever future chance he had at a media comeback. Rumors of “Lauer’s return” to TV seem to pop up every few months, and I’d suspect that if the allegations were “just” harassment and abuse sans details, he probably had a minor shot of appearing somewhere in the next five years or so. But now that he’s been accused of anal rape (I’ll repeat that, anal rape), he’s completely done forever. He will never live it down. And that’s a good thing.

As for NBC and NBC News, it’s obvious that the company needs to come clean with everything: what sort of allegations were made, who were they made against, what sort of investigation did NBC do, and who should have been fired but wasn’t fired because, you know, that just wasn’t how business was done. Everyone who was found to be a real deal creep needs to go down, and the company as a whole needs an overhaul.

It’s disgraceful that this kind of shit was ever allowed to happen in the first place. Hopefully, these revelations will lead to better things not only for people at NBC and NBC News, but the world at large. Rape is not cool, and covering it up is bullshit.

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And now for this week’s honorable mentions…

-Dumpster Fire Hall of Famer, 2018 Dumpster Fire of the Year, and (Jesus Christ) 45th President of the United States Donald Trump, for his half-assed reason for abandoning the Kurds. Well, maybe “half-assed” is being too generous, as “half-assed” implies some sort of effort. America had to abandon the Kurds, a staunch U.S. ally that took the fight to the Islamic State, because the Kurds” didn’t help us in World War II.” And the President also wants to get out of the Middle East (he’s sending more U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia for some reason). The Kurds helped our allies in WWII (which means they fought with us), and the whole Saudi thing sounds suspicious. I know that nothing really matters and the President will be re-elected in 2020, but why isn’t this the thing that causes Republicans/conservatives/right wingers to openly question their allegiance to this guy, who can’t even be bothered to come up with a good sounding reason to abandon American allies? The evidence is right in front of you. Why doesn’t it matter?

Oh, and let’s not forget the whole “ISIS prisoners escaping” angle. What the fuck?

-Former Mayor of New York City and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, for the ongoing “Rudy’s henchmen” story. Just go ahead and read the story at the link and ask yourself if “America’s Mayor” is, in reality, just a dirty, low down thug and criminal? Look at who he hangs out with. Do you think he’ll eventually get arrested, too?

-Alleged cable news network The Fox News Channel, for allowing reporter Shepard Smith to leave. Smith, one of the few actual journalists working at the top rated cable outlet, announced this past Friday that Friday was his last day at the network and that he was moving on to other things (that’s me paraphrasing what he said). You would think that Fox would have done just about anything to keep Smith as he is, along with a few others, the network’s cover when people claim that it’s an ultra-right wing network with an ultra-right wing bias. Fox didn’t, though. Fox allowed Smith to leave.

Do you think Fox is now ready to just admit what we all already fucking know?

Rand Paul, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, for his recent appearance on The View, which was just a disaster. From his condescending attitude towards the show’s hosts to that fucking white turtleneck and blue sport coat, Paul showed, just in case you weren’t aware of it, that he’s a clueless asshole on practically every level, not to mention a fucking prick.
Yep, much like his fellow U.S. Senator from Kentucky, the current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he’s never leaving the Senate. Right? People are going to keep voting for this guy. Jesus Christ.

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