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New HBO Program 'Special, in Every Sense of the Word'

NBC's Ani Bundel reviews spoken-word adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between the World and Me'

(Newser) - A new streaming special is definitely "a special, in every sense of the word. Special enough that HBO is working to make sure it reaches as wide an audience as possible." So writes cultural critic Ani Bundel for NBC News of Between the World and Me , a "... More »

He Wore Gap Khakis On the Air. Now Everyone Wants Them

MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki's election week outfit is driving online sales

(Newser) - They call him the "Map Daddy," but Steve Kornacki may soon see his nickname change to the "Gap Daddy." The MSNBC political correspondent went viral in some circles during election week not only with his nerdy explainers on electoral math, but also with an outfit that... More »

People Are Furious With NBC Over Trump Town Hall

Network is being criticized, even by its own

(Newser) - NBC News' decision to host President Trump's town hall Thursday night—which will air on the network at the same time ABC News is airing Joe Biden's competing event—is not going over well in some circles. The Los Angeles Times reports #BoycottNBC is trending on Twitter, and... More »

Biden, Trump to Hold Dueling Town Halls

NBC News announces it will host the president's event, prompting instant online backlash

(Newser) - After it was announced that the second debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, originally set for Thursday, was canceled due to Trump refusing a virtual format, Biden decided to do his own town hall that night in Philly instead, to air on ABC News. Now, NBC News reports that... More »

Kevin Hart Calls Out NBC on Usain Bolt Mix-Up: 'Disrespectful'

'All you can do is laugh. Maybe the Covid 19 shrunk his legs & torso'

(Newser) - In reporting on Usain Bolt's positive coronavirus test, an NBC News Facebook alert featured a picture of comedian Kevin Hart instead of the Olympic gold medalist. Hart did not let it slide, the Los Angeles Times reports. "I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight....I want... More »

After DNC Speech, AOC Slams NBC for 'Malicious' Tweet

Yes, she seconded nomination for Bernie Sanders, as per procedure. Also yes: She's voting for Biden.

(Newser) - During the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a symbolic speech (transcript here ) in which she seconded a nomination for Sen. Bernie Sanders during the roll call. It's routine procedure: Each presidential candidate who brings delegates to the convention has to be formally nominated, per... More »

NBC Exec Comes Out Fighting After Farrow Accusations

Network's president says ex-employee has 'an ax to grind'

(Newser) - Ronan Farrow's name is spread across headlines Tuesday as his new expose hits bookshelves. From Catch and Kill, CNN pulls the claim that National Enquirer Editor-in-Chief Dylan Howard directed staffers to shred "a Trump-related document" held in a safe as reporters investigated the tabloid's "catch and... More »

Lauer's Accuser Responds to His 1,400-Word Letter

'A case study in victim blaming,' says Brooke Nevils

(Newser) - Brooke Nevils says Matt Lauer's lengthy response to her going public with the rape allegation that led to his ouster from the Today show in 2017 was an attempt "to bully a former colleague into silence," but "I am not afraid of him now." In... More »

After Rape Claim, Lauer Releases 1,400-Word Letter

Brooke Nevils sat for interview with Ronan Farrow, provided full account of her allegations

(Newser) - Ronan Farrow's new book drops Tuesday, but an explosive allegation is out now. Variety obtained a copy of Catch and Kill and reports that in it, Farrow reveals the identity of the woman whose allegations against Matt Lauer led to his 2017 ouster from the Today show. Her name... More »

NBC News Suffers a Casualty in Syria

The Syrian may have died in a 'booby-trapped' house

(Newser) - Dust was settling on the latest victory over Islamic State forces Saturday when a local driver working for NBC News got killed in an explosion. Most media are scant on details, but the AP says the unidentified driver was in a house that doubled as a Syrian Democratic Forces command... More »

Megyn Kelly: I Offered Donuts, Begged, but Tabloid Was Rotten

She's outraged that 'Daily Mail' videotaped her 7-year-old

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly would like the paparazzi, and one tabloid specifically, to please leave her family alone in the wake of NBC News cancelling her show. On Wednesday she tweeted that "for a week paparazzi has been lurking outside my home day & nite. Finally today I took my kids... More »

Fox Doesn't Sound Thrilled on Idea of Megyn Kelly Returning

Host won't return to NBC show, and Fox is 'extremely happy' with its own lineup

(Newser) - NBC aired a rerun in the slot for Megyn Kelly Today for the second straight morning on Friday, and the writing on the wall became official in the afternoon: She won't return to her show, period, with the controversy over her blackface comments seen as the final straw. "... More »

As NBC Defends Itself, Ronan Farrow Takes a Shot

Journalist says network is being misleading about how it handled the Weinstein story

(Newser) - The Harvey Weinstein scandal is leading to another controversy that just keeps growing: how NBC News handled the investigation. Network exec Andy Lack defended NBC in a memo to employees Monday, but reporter Ronan Farrow then accused Lack of fudging the facts, reports CNN . It all centers on a serious... More »

Accusations Fly Over NBC News and a Bombshell Story

Producer who worked with Ronan Farrow speaks out

(Newser) - Soon after Ronan Farrow's Pulitzer Prize-winning expose on Harvey Weinstein ran in the New Yorker came word that he had originally been working on the piece for NBC News. Farrow said the network dropped the story, and when initially asked why , he said, "You would have to ask... More »

Kiwis to Matt Lauer: You Can Keep the Ranch ... for Now

New Zealand couldn't find enough evidence to bar Lauer from lease under 'good character' test

(Newser) - He may have lost his job and his reputation —but Matt Lauer gets to keep his Kiwi ranch, at least for the moment. The New York Times reports that the ex-Today show co-host, who's accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, can retain the lease on the Hunter... More »

Cosby Victim Speaks: 'I Was a Limp Noodle'

Andrea Constand opens up in interview with NBC

(Newser) - "I was crying out inside, in my throat, in my mind, for this to stop and I couldn't do anything," says Andrea Constand, recalling the abuse she suffered at the hands of Bill Cosby in her first interview since the comedian was found guilty of three counts... More »

NBC News Investigation Weighs In on Lauer's Button

Finds no one in a position of authority was aware of Lauer's behavior

(Newser) - NBC News' internal investigation following Matt Lauer's firing says it doesn't believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the division and that current management wasn't aware of Lauer's behavior until the complaint that doomed him, reports the AP . NBC Universal was criticized for turning... More »

Brokaw Letter: I'm 'Unmoored' by Sex Misconduct Allegations

Plus a group of powerful women pen their own letter in support of the TV journalist

(Newser) - NBC News is still trying to handle the mess wrought by sexual misconduct allegations against Matt Lauer , and now it's got accusations against longtime staffer Tom Brokaw to add to its to-do list. But Brokaw, who has been accused by two women of sexual harassment in the 1990s, isn'... More »

Matt Lauer Breaks His Silence

Former 'Today' host criticizes allegations against him as Ann Curry speaks out

(Newser) - Matt Lauer has broken five months of silence since allegations of sexual misconduct led to his ouster at NBC News to blast "many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me." In a statement to the Washington Post , Lauer says he "acted... More »

NBC Backpedals Over Analyst's Japan Controversy

Analyst praised former occupier Japan as an example for Koreans

(Newser) - NBC continues to suffer fallout from its coverage of the opening ceremony in the Pyeongchang Olympics, with the network issuing an apology on behalf of an analyst who sparked controversy by praising Japan. Joshua Cooper Ramo on Friday called Japan "a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945,... More »

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