Matt Lauer http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/19198/all en NBC Hosts Gush: Dem Senator Helping With Keg Stand 'Wins Her Votes' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-hosts-gush-dem-senator-helping-keg-stand-wins-her-votes <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The hosts on NBC's <em>Today</em> spent over a minute of air time on Monday applauding Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu for helping a fan tailgating at an LSU football game do a keg stand. Co-host Matt Lauer touted how <strong>Landrieu "may do just about anything to get your vote"</strong> given that she was "in the middle of a really tough reelection campaign."<br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-hosts-gush-dem-senator-helping-keg-stand-wins-her-votes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Hoda Kotb LSU Mary Landrieu Matt Lauer NBC Today Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:12:25 +0000 kyle.drennen 47192 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Reveals Latest Poll on Scandal-Plagued Administration...Of the NFL http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-reveals-latest-poll-scandal-plagued-administrationof-nfl <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Friday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer brought on political director and <em>Meet the Press</em> moderator Chuck Todd to discuss the latest <a href="http://newscms.nbcnews.com/sites/newscms/files/nbcmaristnflpoll.pdf" target="_blank">NBC News/Marist poll</a> on a major American institution being rocked by scandal. It wasn't the Obama administration getting the bad press, it was the National Football League.<br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-reveals-latest-poll-scandal-plagued-administrationof-nfl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chuck Todd Matt Lauer NBC nfl Polling Today Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:29:17 +0000 kyle.drennen 47181 at http://www.mrc.org NBC: ISIS Forcing 'Reluctant' Obama to Be 'Wartime President' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-isis-forcing-reluctant-obama-be-wartime-president <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the end of a report on Wednesday's NBC <em>Today</em> about President Obama's upcoming speech on combating ISIS terrorists, correspondent Peter Alexander sympathetically observed: "The primetime nature of this speech really underscores its stakes, but also <strong>a significant shift for this President, who wanted to leave the White House as a peacetime president.</strong> But now...is likely to commit the country to what some say could be another potentially costly military campaign." [<em>Listen to <a target="_blank" href="/sites/default/files/uploads/mp3/2014-09-10-NBC-TDAY-LauerTodd.</em></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-isis-forcing-reluctant-obama-be-wartime-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Chuck Todd ISIS Matt Lauer NBC Today Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:27:07 +0000 kyle.drennen 47099 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Lauer Asks Dem Senator Why She Didn't 'Call Out' Sexist Colleagues http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-asks-dem-senator-why-she-didnt-call-out-sexist-colleagues <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an interview with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer asked the New York Democrat about accusations in her new memoir of male congressional colleagues making sexist remarks to her and voiced his disappointment that she had not "named names" [<em>Listen to <a target="_blank" href="/sites/default/files/uploads/mp3/2014-09-08-NBC-TDAY-Lauer.mp3">the audio</a></em>]: </p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-asks-dem-senator-why-she-didnt-call-out-sexist-colleagues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division congress Kirsten Gillibrand Matt Lauer NBC Sexism Today Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:38:13 +0000 kyle.drennen 47089 at http://www.mrc.org The View from His Helicopter: Matt Lauer's Worst Moments of Wealth Hypocrisy http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/view-his-helicopter-matt-lauers-worst-moments-wealth-hypocrisy <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2014-09-05-NBC-TDAY-Lauer.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="178" width="300" />On Wednesday, <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/randy-hall/2014/09/04/nbc-pays-matt-lauer-ride-helicopter-and-today-set" target="_blank">the <em>New York Post</em> reported</a> that in addition to Matt Lauer's $20 million annual salary, NBC News recently agreed to start flying the <em>Today</em> co-host back and forth from work to his lavish estate in the Hamptons.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/view-his-helicopter-matt-lauers-worst-moments-wealth-hypocrisy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Matt Lauer NBC Today wealth Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:57:07 +0000 kyle.drennen 47067 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Defend Obama as ‘Critics Pounced’ and Took 'Too Literally' His ‘No Strategy Yet’ Remarks on ISIS http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-defend-obama-critics-pounced-and-took-too-literally-his-no-strategy-yet-remarks- <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Friday morning, the major broadcast networks were out in full force to defend President Obama after his remarks at a press conference Thursday afternoon in which he said that&nbsp;<strong>“we don’t have a strategy yet”&nbsp;</strong>in how to militarily address the Islamic terrorist group ISIS in Syria.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-defend-obama-critics-pounced-and-took-too-literally-his-no-strategy-yet-remarks-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Anthony Mason Barack Obama cbs CBS This Morning Chuck Todd David Muir Gaffes Gayle King Good Morning America Iraq Islamic Jihad Keir Simmons Martha Raddatz Matt Lauer NBC Syria Terrorists Today Show Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:58:58 +0000 curtis.houck 47032 at http://www.mrc.org Only NBC Acknowledges Gov. Jay Nixon Calling for ‘Vigorous Prosecution’ of Missouri Cop http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/only-nbc-acknowledges-gov-jay-nixon-calling-vigorous-prosecution-missouri-cop <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeffrey-meyer">Jeffrey Meyer</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Tuesday, August 19, Governor Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) called for the “vigorous prosecution” of Darren Wilson, the Missouri police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown last week.&nbsp;</p><div class='signature'><p>— Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/JeffreyPMeyer" target="_blank">Follow Jeffrey Meyer on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/only-nbc-acknowledges-gov-jay-nixon-calling-vigorous-prosecution-missouri-cop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Jay Nixon Matt Lauer Megyn Kelly Michael Brown NBC The Kelly File Today Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:38:53 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 46960 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Lauer Frets Over Media 'Sending Mixed Messages On Drugs to Our Kids' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-frets-over-media-sending-mixed-messages-drugs-our-kids <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> In an interview with the director of a Boston drug rehabilitation center on Thursday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer worried about the impact media coverage of legalized marijuana was having on America's youth: <strong>"You know, if you're a teenager, a young adult, and you're watching the news and you're hearing more and more stories about the legalization of marijuana...and now you're saying, 'Wait a minute, here.' Are we sending mixed messages on drugs to our kids?"</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-08-14-NBC-TDAY-La</em></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-frets-over-media-sending-mixed-messages-drugs-our-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division legalized marijuana Matt Lauer NBC Today Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:49:59 +0000 kyle.drennen 46936 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Lauer Frets: Is Army 'Succumbing to Public Pressure' By Investigating Bergdahl's Desertion? http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-frets-army-succumbing-public-pressure-investigating-bergdahls-desertion <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> In an interview with Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's attorney on Thursday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer worried that the former Taliban captive and possible deserter was being unfairly investigated by the military [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-07-17-NBC-TDAY-Lauer.mp3">the audio</a></em>]:</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-frets-army-succumbing-public-pressure-investigating-bergdahls-desertion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bowe Bergdahl Matt Lauer Military NBC Today Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:26:52 +0000 kyle.drennen 46722 at http://www.mrc.org Howard Stern Sees Ratings Gold for 'Today' if Savannah 'Kills Matt on Camera' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/howard-stern-sees-ratings-gold-today-if-savannah-kills-matt-camera <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> During a simulcast of NBC's <em>Today</em> and Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday, the outspoken <em>America's Got Talent</em> host suggested a way for the network morning show to boost its ratings: <strong>"You know, Savannah, it would be great for the ratings if you had the baby and then you had postpartum depression</strong>....a lot of women will relate to that. Matt could do a three-piece set on that." [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-07-15-NBC-TDAY-Stern.mp3">the audio</a></em>]<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/howard-stern-sees-ratings-gold-today-if-savannah-kills-matt-camera" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Howard Stern Matt Lauer NBC Savannah Guthrie Today Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:03:56 +0000 kyle.drennen 46694 at http://www.mrc.org O'Reilly on NBC: Obama Has 'Blind Spot' on Trading Taliban 'Monsters' for 'Deserter' Bergdahl http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/oreilly-nbc-obama-has-blind-spot-trading-taliban-monsters-deserter-bergdahl <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> In an interview with the Fox News host on Friday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer wondered if "President Bill O'Reilly" would have made the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange with the Taliban.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/oreilly-nbc-obama-has-blind-spot-trading-taliban-monsters-deserter-bergdahl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Bill O'Reilly Bowe Bergdahl Matt Lauer NBC Today Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:51:06 +0000 kyle.drennen 46412 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Lauer Actually Grills Jay Carney: Has White House 'Endangered the Lives of All Americans?' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-actually-grills-jay-carney-has-white-house-endangered-lives-all-americans <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> On Monday, NBC <em>Today</em> co-host Matt Lauer actually held outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's feet to the fire over the administration releasing five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to secure the release Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl: <strong>"These are guys who are considered at very high risk to launch attacks against the U.S. if they were freed.</strong></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-actually-grills-jay-carney-has-white-house-endangered-lives-all-americans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bowe Bergdahl Jay Carney Matt Lauer NBC taliban Today Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:52:58 +0000 kyle.drennen 46373 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Lauer: NFL Won't Be on 'Right Side of History' Until More Gay Players Come Out http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-nfl-wont-be-right-side-history-until-more-gay-players-come-out <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Talking to NBC sportscaster Bob Costas on Monday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer reacted to openly gay football player Michael Sam being drafted by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday: <strong>"The big picture here in terms of the NFL, is this a sea change or is this a one-off? Is this the league moving to the right side of history? Which by the way, they really can't do unless more players come forward."</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-05-12-NBC-TDAY-Lauer.mp3">the audio</a></em>]<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-lauer-nfl-wont-be-right-side-history-until-more-gay-players-come-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bob Costas Homosexuality Matt Lauer Michael Sam NBC nfl Today Mon, 12 May 2014 14:06:05 +0000 kyle.drennen 46221 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Today: Caroline Kennedy 'More Dignitary Than Diplomat' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-today-caroline-kennedy-more-dignitary-diplomat <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeffrey-meyer">Jeffrey Meyer</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>President Obama began a week-long trip of Asia on Wednesday with a stop in Japan, and NBC's&nbsp;<em>Today</em>&nbsp;dutifully heaped praise on the trip and the American Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. On April 23, Co-host Matt Lauer gushed at the "Historic trip. President Obama&nbsp;greeted by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy as he arrives in Japan this morning. The first state visit by a president there in nearly two decades and Ambassador Kennedy's first major summit in her new role."</p><div class='signature'><p>— Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/JeffreyPMeyer" target="_blank">Follow Jeffrey Meyer on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-today-caroline-kennedy-more-dignitary-diplomat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Caroline Kennedy Matt Lauer NBC Peter Alexander Today Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:11 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 46072 at http://www.mrc.org Matt Lauer Aghast at Bill O'Reilly Wanting Schools to Teach Historical Life of Jesus http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/matt-lauer-aghast-bill-oreilly-wanting-schools-teach-historical-life-jesus <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> In an interview with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer fretted over the <em>Killing Jesus</em> author wanting the historical life of Christ to be taught in schools: <strong>"[In] public schools these days, you go sit in one of those classes and you're surrounded by kids of four or five, six different faiths. Why should they sit there and listen to the story of Jesus Christ?"</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-04-10-NBC-TDAY-LauerO%27Reilly.mp3">the audio</a></em>]<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/matt-lauer-aghast-bill-oreilly-wanting-schools-teach-historical-life-jesus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bill O'Reilly Jesus Christ Matt Lauer NBC public education Today Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:21:37 +0000 kyle.drennen 45971 at http://www.mrc.org