THE shamed ex-Today show host Matt Lauer has ripped Ronan Farrow's reporting and has hit back at his former colleague's "false" rape claim.
Lauer accused the author of being "manipulative" in his book, but Farrow hit back and said the former anchor is "just wrong."
The disgraced host wrote an article published on the Mediaite website a day after an investigation in The New York Times suggested that Farrow, who won a Pulitzer for his work on the accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, was less than thorough in vetting his work.
He also said the writer had not confirm several specific accusations against him in the 2019 book "Catch and Kill."
Lauer wrote: "From start to finish Ronan is acting as Brooke’s advocate, not as a journalist investigating her claims."
"I believe Ronan knew his work on Catch and Kill would receive little in the way of scrutiny, from the very beginning.
"It's the only way to explain why he was so willing to abandon common sense and true fact checking in favor of salacious, and deeply flawed, material.
"I also believe that some of Ronan’s sources felt they could make outrageous claims to him, knowing he (and thus their stories) would not be doubted."
After the article was published, Farrow hit back and tweeted: "All I’ll say on this is that Matt Lauer is just wrong.
"Catch and Kill was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself."
NBC fired Lauer in 2017 for an inappropriate relationship with a co-worker.
Farrow's book claimed that Brooke Nevils was raped by Lauer in a Sochi hotel room during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Lauer denies the rape charges, and both he and Nevils said they had a subsequent consensual relationship.
"What I found when I read the book was frankly shocking, and it should concern anyone who cares about journalism," Lauer wrote in the article.
"This is not just about accusations against the former host of the ‘Today’ show."
However, after the article was published, Nevils tweeted: "DARVO: Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender."
Farrow's book revealed that Nevils attempted suicide and suffered PTSD following the alleged attack when she and Lauer were in Russia.
In the book Farrow wrote: "Over the past two years, Nevils had attempted suicide.
"She's been hospitalised for post-traumatic stress disorder, descended into heavy drinking, pulled herself back."
He added: "She'd lost fourteen pounds.
"And gone to doctors twenty-one times in a single-month period."
Farrow’s publisher, Little, Brown and Co., said it fully supported the author.
"Ronan’s dedication to a deep and thorough fact-check of his reporting, his commitment to the rights of victims and his impeccable attention to detail and nuance make us proud to be his publisher," the company said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
Mediaite also told AP that its editors checked with four people that Lauer spoke to for his article, and they all independently backed up the conversations they had with him.
Last year it was revealed that Lauer fought to get royal relative Pippa Middleton a job at NBC and arranged for her to do an "excruciating" test shoot.
He even shut down his favourite New York steak restaurant to host a dinner for her.
Pippa was accompanied by her publicist and senior Today staffers for the meal.
Lauer also interviewed Pippa personally on air in 2014 and later and arranged for her to film a test shoot at a ranch in Montana, Page Six reported.
But a source said it turned out to be an “excruciating" experience for Pippa – the sister of future queen Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The insider said: “Pippa wasn’t comfortable with any of it.
"Buckingham Palace was putting her under tremendous pressure not to go forward or cause any embarrassment to her sister.
"Matt and Pippa were never alone, and she wasn’t really interested in the job, but nevertheless NBC staffers were nervous about Matt’s interest in Pippa.”
Lauer was later overruled by his then-boss at NBC News Deborah Turness – who said “no” to hiring Pippa.
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