FLASHBACK: Matt Lauer Was Listed as a ‘Notable Member’ of Clinton Foundation Initiative (UPDATED)
NBC’s Matt Lauer, who NBC Universal recently announced would moderate the upcoming Commander-in-Chief Forum with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, was once listed as a “notable member” of the Clinton Global Initiative, the leadership arm of the Clinton Foundation.
The page on the Clinton Foundation website that listed several other prominent journalists as members as well has since been deleted. But Mediaite screencapped the page when it was first reported on back in 2015.
It’s worth noting that at least one of the journalists listed as a “member,” Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, reached out to Mediaite to deny that she had ever been a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, raising questions about just how accurate the graphic was. But if true, it would raise the same questions as when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos harshly criticized allegations about the Clinton Foundation without disclosing he was a large donor.
When the story first broke last year, the Clinton Foundation told Mediaite that journalists who participate in CGI events are not asked to pay a membership fee “In 2012, we reclassified members of the media who participate as ‘guests’ rather than ‘members’ to acknowledge this distinction,” they explained.
UPDATE (4:04 PM ET): An NBC rep reached out to Mediaite with the following statement: “Matt Lauer was not and is not a Clinton Global Initiative member. He interviewed President Clinton from a CGI conference for the Today show’s live broadcast, not for the conference.”
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