In his lengthy attempt at defense in response to former NBC News staffer Brooke Nevils' accusation of rape, "Lauer predictably assails his accuser’s character while casting himself as patriarchal protector, besieged family man, and loving but imperfect dad," says Tracy Clark-Flory. "He begins his letter by explaining why he has not, until now, 'more vigorously' defended himself. Lauer writes, 'I wanted nothing less than to create more headlines my kids would read and a new gathering of photographers at the end of our driveway.' This, says Lauer, is why he decided to stay quiet 'and work on repairing my relationship with the people I love,' which he describes as 'the most important full-time job I have ever had.' But now, following the revelations in (Ronan) Farrow’s book, Lauer writes that 'after not speaking out to protect my children, it is now with their full support I say ‘enough.’ Enough, says Dad. Enough. Now, Lauer writes, he must defend his family—from the headlines, the photographers, and the woman accusing him of rape. This act of 'defense' looks more like an offense: Defending his family means turning victim into perpetrator. Lauer’s family is what gives him permission. Immediately, Lauer’s letter implies nefarious intent on Nevils’ part, writing that her story 'is filled with false details intended only to create the impression this was an abusive encounter.' ... He proceeds to portray her as the spurned lover, the rejected woman—favorite tropes of MeToo critics—seeming to imply that her accusations were triggered after he suddenly cut off the 'affair.' ... With the dirty work of villainizing his accuser done, Lauer returns to painting a portrait of himself as the flawed but loving patriarch."
TOPICS: Matt Lauer, NBC, Today Show, Andy Lack, Brooke Nevils, Ronan Farrow, NBC News, Sexual Misconduct