In 1999, Addie Collins arrived at NBC’s “Today” as a young intern with big aspirations. A few months later, she landed her dream job as production assistant, forming close bonds with her new colleagues Katie Couric, Ann Curry and Al Roker. But Matt Lauer kept more of a professional distance—until Collins (who now goes by her married last name Zinone) was ready to leave the show. One day in July 2000, he invited her to lunch, which Zinone thought would be a chance to ask him for career advice. Instead, Lauer, who was in his 40s and newly married, started to
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Donna M, 12/15/2017 9:32:39 AM (No. 11481343)
No coercion here. As Plunkett of Tammany Hall said, "I seen my chances and I took ´em". Suddenly a foolish consensual flingette becomes a Big Deal. She was leaving for another job...he had no power over her. It demeans the stories of women whom he really victimized and physically violated because he could destroy their careers.
The only person not heard from so far is "Americas sweetheart", the queen bee of NBC, Miss Couric who knew every thing and everybody at that network while she was on Today show. I guarantee that she knew all of this and let it slide, or worse! Why is she getting a pass of this!!
It take two to tango (or in this case horizontal mambo) These women are not all wide-eyed naive victims fresh off the farm. I would bet there are quite a few who relished the ability to use their "talents" to get a leg up on the competition. Sleep with a married man? No problem. Take a promotion or a job from the guy I was servicing? Again, no problem. Racked with guilt on my phony career enhancement 30 years later. Big problem.
I read the complete article, and all the way through I wondered why he is the bad guy in this short story. She accepts responsibility - "it was consensual" - yet blames him as if she didn´t have a choice. She did have a choice, and she took it! Had he offered her the career advice she sought, which sounds very much like quid pro quo, would she have kept her trap shut? Had she screwed him and ended up on the fireworks trajectory she dreamed of, would she have been as devastated as she claims?
As a prior poster noted, woman-hear me roar, has become ´I´m equal and entitled, until I don´t get what I want.´ This doesn´t make Lauer any less a creep, but, come on.
The "you look great, today" emails should have clued her in. But she saw it as an opportunity--for something. Career advancement? Marrying a rich man? Who knows? But she only has herself to blame. Lauer is a sleaze but he wouldn´t be a successful sleaze if women like this one would just be "busy" when he calls.
Author Michael Wolff’s pitch to the White House to win cooperation for his book included a working title that signaled a sympathetic view, a counter-narrative to a slew of negative news stories early in Donald Trump’s presidency. He called it “The Great Transition: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration.” And in part due to that title, Wolff was able to exploit an inexperienced White House staff who mistakenly believed they could shape the book to the president’s liking.
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Congressional investigations into the Trump dossier have so far been focused on the FBI and Justice Department. They still are, but now investigators are also looking into a possible Obama State Department role in the collection and dissemination of sensational and still-unverified allegations against candidate Donald Trump gathered by a former British spy working for the Hillary Clinton campaign. In addition to having contacts in the Obama Justice Department and FBI, that former spy, Christopher Steele, was also well-connected with the Obama State Department. A book published in November by a correspondent at the Guardian, "Collusion: Secret meetings, dirty money, and
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that while she believes the #MeToo movement is "a good thing," people need "to be a little bit careful" about how they respond to it. "Let´s not turn women into snowflakes. Let´s not infantilize women," Rice insisted during an interview with CNN´s David Axelrod on "The Axe Files," which airs at 7 ET Saturday night. Rice said she didn´t want "to get to a place that men start to think, ´Well, maybe it´s just better not to have women around.´ I´ve heard a little bit of that. And it, it worries me," she told
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Having encountered Michael Wolff and having had an acidulous public exchange with him, I attest that he is an utterly odious man. He can’t write properly, has no professional integrity, and is a sociophobic mud-slinger and myth-maker. His entry into the continuing Trump controversy in its twilight proclaims that we have reached the era of the swiftly evaporating, nausea-inducing nothingburger. Yet, in what will surely prove the one civically useful thing Mr. Wolff will have done in his adult life, he has performed almost the final evisceration of the throbbing pustule of deranged Trumpophobia. His book is so overtly and
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“Mr. Steele was on the payroll of Fusion GPS, who was being paid by the Democratic Party to do opposition research on Donald Trump. That while he was working with the FBI, he was shopping this dossier all over the world. That’s not what an informant should do.” — Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Jan. 7, 2018. Graham and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on Jan. 5 referred Christopher Steele, the author of the “dossier” alleging ties between President Trump and Russia, for a criminal investigation by the Justice
NBC plans to televise any players who refuse to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl, but there may be nothing to show. It appears that NFL players are no longer taking a knee during the national anthem, namely because none of the teams with still-active protesters has qualified for the postseason. By the end of the regular season, only five teams featured at least one player regularly sitting or kneeling on the sidelines for the anthem: the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, the Miami Dolphins, the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders. None of those franchises made the
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), no doubt gearing up to run for president in 2020, became unhinged during Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.Booker glared crazily at Nielsen as he smashed his fists in protest of President Trump’s alleged “S***hole,” comments made during a meeting with Democrats on DACA. (Photo/Tweet/Video) Daily Caller published a partial transcript of Booker’s tirade: “I hurt,” Booker cried. “When Dick Durbin called me I had tears of rage when I heard about this experience in this meeting. “For you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss
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