Report: NBC News Execs Thought Matt Lauer’s Forum Performance Was a ‘Disaster’


Matt-Lauer-e1454432464675Matt Lauer has received a ton of criticism from fans and critics alike over his performance during Wednesday night’s Commander-In-Chief candidate forum. Now, one report says that his bosses concur with the consensus that Matt was #Laueringthebar.

CNN’s Brian Stelter is reporting that several high-ranking sources at NBC News “said they hear the criticism and agree with at least some of it.”

One executive, whom Stelter didn’t identify, was particularly blunt.

“Disaster,” the executive said.

Lauer has been widely criticized for, among other things, not challenging a number of Donald Trump‘s statements, including his fully debunked claim that he opposed the Iraq War.

One executive assigned the blame for Lauer’s performance to a longtime Lauer ally, NBC News and MSNBC chairman Andy Lack. According to Stelter, Lack was “intimately involved in the forum planning and execution,” and at least one executive believes Lauer’s performance falls on him.

“This should be a black eye for Lack,” the executive said.

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