NBC News anchor and host Matt Lauer has just been awarded a huge new contract, months after he used a prime time appearance to attack Hillary Clinton.
Lauer, the co-host of the Today show, will reportedly be paid $20 million to extend his contract with the network through 2018.
In September of 2016, Lauer conducted a presidential forum between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Lauer spent nearly a third of his allotted thirty minutes with Clinton asking her repetitive questions about her email server. As the New York Times reported, “He began by asking Mrs. Clinton to defend her use of a private email server as secretary of state. And asking again. And again.”
The Times noted, “Seemingly unprepared on military and foreign policy specifics, he performed like a soldier sent on a mission without ammunition, beginning with a disorganized offensive, ending in a humiliating retreat.”
When Lauer did ask Clinton about other issues, he told her to “as briefly as you can” detail her entire strategy for defeating the ISIS terror group.
By comparison, when interviewing Trump, Lauer declined to challenge Trump when Trump lied and said that he had always opposed the invasion of Iraq. In reality, Trump supported the invasion and turned against it when it became unpopular.
In addition to presiding over fluffy morning news on the NBC network, Lauer has also made an appearance in the low-budget “Sharknado” movie.