NBC's Matt Lauer Fired for Sexual Misconduct, But Trump Only Concerned With 'Fake News'

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NBC's Matt Lauer Fired for Sexual Misconduct, But Trump Only Concerned With 'Fake News'

"It's almost as though the president and his supporters aren't genuinely concerned about women and view sexual harassment only as a political cudgel against their enemies."

 Matt Lauer attends 2017 Matrix Awards at Sheraton New York Times Square on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Just minutes after news broke on Wednesday that longtime NBC host Matt Lauer has been fired for alleged "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," President Donald Trump—who himself has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women—seized upon the story on Twitter not to unequivocally denounce sexual harassment, but to call for the firing of "top executives at NBC" for "putting out so much Fake News."

Trump then proceeded to level what many viewed as an accusation against NBC News chairman Andy Lack, urging his more than 43 million Twitter followers to "check out his past."

According to a memo circulated by Lack, Lauer was terminated following a "detailed complaint from a colleague" that "represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards."

"While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident," the memo stated.

Lauer's firing is just the latest of a wave that has swept up powerful men in a wide range of professions—including the upper ranks of American politics—and revealed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in America.

As Common Dreams reported last week, Trump effectively endorsed Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting teenage girls. "He denies it," Trump said, justifying his support for Moore.

In response to his tweet on the Lauer firing on Wednesday, critics were quick to highlight both the claims that have been leveled against Trump and his own words, as revealed by the "Access Hollywood" tape.

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