09/10/2013 12:26 pm ET Updated Nov 10, 2013

Matt Lauer Hits Out At Media's Coverage Of Him


Matt Lauer took aim at the media in a feature for the latest issue of Esquire magazine.

Not surprisingly, Lauer has some lingering resentments about the overwhelmingly negative coverage he received during the crisis over Ann Curry's ouster from "Today." Lauer's popularity has reportedly taken a very big hit in the process.

Lauer did not mince his words in the Esquire piece:

The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience. I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact. And yet, what were my options? Does anyone want to see a person who's making the money that the newspapers say I'm making complaining, "Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair"? No one would've had any patience for that. I wouldn't have any patience for that. So you just shut up and go about doing your job and hope that people who know you well -- your friends and your family -- know what's true.

Read the full piece here.



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