By Don Surber
Ah, now I get it. The story about NBC settling a sexual harassment suit involving Chris Matthews broke for a reason.
72 of them.
The 72 are not the number of virgins awaiting a Muslim suicide-bomber in heaven.
The 72 are the number of birthdays that Matthews has celebrated.
In dragging out in public a case quietly settled 18 years ago, Comcast now has a reason to cashier him. How convenient.
Matthews may soon join a list of over-55 television presenters bounced like a Bernie Madoff check this year.
Bill O’Reilly, 68, gone.
Charlie Rose, 75, gone.
Matt Lauer, 59, gone.
In all four cases, their employers knew about the sexual harassment for years and looked the other way. In the case of Matthews and O’Reilly, their employers paid to settle sexual harassment lawsuits.
I am not condoning the sexual harassment. In all four cases, they should hit the road, Jack.
But sexual harassment is just the excuse to can them.
Age is the reason management wants them gone. What a drag it is getting old.
These were stars that were fading. The “Today” show ratings are up after Lauer left, and the show is back to being No. 1 in the morning.
Three of these men — Lauer, O’Reilly and Rose — were the biggest rainmakers for their networks drawing the top ratings. And boys and girls, just like morning newspapers supplanted the afternoon ones, morning TV shows rake in more money than the evening news.
By firing them for sexual harassment, management at CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC can virtue signal — even though the networks aided and abetted this sexual harassment for years.
I love it when a good media hypocrisy comes together.
Just for the record, I would have canned them, but when they did it, not years later when it became convenient.
“#MeToo helps the media clear dead wood”? Hmm, maybe my headline could have been worded differently.
If he is fired Matthews will be 39th on the list of those who feuded with President Trump — and lost.
Lindsey Vonn is still pending as a possibility if she does not make it to the Olympics next year.
The Updated List:
1. Casey Affleck.
2. Alec Baldwin.
2016: “Alec Baldwin totally nailed Trump on the ‘SNL’ premiere.”
2017: “Alec Baldwin Admits He’s ‘Bullied Women,’ Calls for a Change in Hollywood.”
3. LaVar Ball.
November 2017: “LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son’s Release From China.”
December 2017: “LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school in the United States after UCLA-Trump row.”
4. Hillary Clinton:
5. George Clooney.
2016: “Clooney’s Vow: Trump Will Not Be President; See Trump’s Response.”
2017: “Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ tanks, ‘Saw’ sequel No. 1 with $16.3M.”
6. John Conyers.
2016: “Rep. John Conyers: Donald Trump Is the Next Richard Nixon.”
2017: “Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations.”
7. David Corn.
8. Bill Cosby.
2011: “During an appearance on the ‘Today Show,’ Bill Cosby slammed Donald Trump’s political aspirations, telling him to ‘run or shut up’.”
2017: “Bill Cosby trying to take out $30M loan to pay mounting legal bills.”
9. Lena Dunham.
2016: “Lena Dunham: I’ll move to Canada if Trump is president.”
2017: “Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape.”
October 2017: “Eminem unleashes on Trump: The 11 fiercest lines.”
11. Al Franken.
2016: “Al Franken Hilariously Mocks Donald Trump.”
2017: “Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations.”
2016: “If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You.”
2017: “Layoffs Hit GQ as Condé Nast Cuts Continue.”
13. Kathy Griffin.
143. Alcee Hastings.
2016: “Democratic congressman calls Donald Trump ‘pile of excrement’.”
2017: “Taxpayers paid $220K to settle sexual harassment case involving Hastings.”
15. Megyn Kelly.
2016: “GOP Debate: Donald Trump’s ‘Spat’ With Megyn Kelly Is Sexism.”
2017: “Megyn Kelly drags down ‘Today’ ratings.”
16. Garrison Keillor.
2016: “So, he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting ‘Lock her up’ — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted ‘Stronger Together.’ It just doesn’t chant.”
2017: “Minnesota Public Radio Fires Garrison Keillor Over Allegations of Improper Conduct.”
17. Shia LaBeouf.
January 2017: “Shia Labeouf Verbally and Physically Assaults Trump Supporter.”
April 2017: “Shia LaBeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office.”
18. Ryan Lizza,
2016: “Trump Gets Ready to Be a Bad Loser.”
2017: “New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over ‘Improper Sexual Conduct’.”
19. Louis C.K.
2016: “Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot’.”
2017: “FX fires Louis C.K. after comic confirms sexual misconduct claims.”
2015: “Macy’s Drops Donald Trump’s Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks.”
2017: “Macy’s Announces Store Closings for 2017.”
21. Rose McGowan.
22. Alyssa Milano.
March 2017: “Alyssa Milano on Trump: ‘Removing him will be up to’ women.”
June 2017: “Anti-Trumper Alyssa Milano is broke as a joke, didn’t pay taxes and stiffed her employees.”
23. Democrat Ed Murray.
24. Rupert Myers.
26. Barack Obama.
During the campaign, Trump tweeted, “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!”
Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, read the tweet, and replied, “At least I’ll go down as a president.”
Fifteen days later, we elected Trump as Obama’s successor.
27. Rosie O’Donnell.
28. Tony Podesta.
2010: “Tony Podesta, Superlobbyist.”
2017: “Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe.”
30. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2016: “Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I Will Not Vote for the Republican Candidate for President.’”
2017: “He won’t be back: Schwarzenegger’s Terminator franchise terminated.”
2017: “Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Legend of Conan Isn’t Happening.”
2017: “Donald Trump Says Arnold Schwarzenegger Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’”
31. Andy Signore.
June 2017: “I am so damn sick of bully @realDonaldTrump taking words out of context to act out his agenda of fear, corruption & bigotry. #NotMyPresident.”
October 2017: “‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Fired for ‘Egregious and Intolerable’ Sexual Behavior.”
32. Tavis Smiley.
33. Kevin Spacey.
2016: “Kevin Spacey mocks Donald Trump and calls him a ‘disease’ at Cannes.”
2017: “Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14.”
34. Alwaleed Bin Talal.
35. George Takei.
36. Teen Vogue.
38. Brian Williams.
2012: “Donald Trump has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible.”
2015: “Brian Williams Demoted to MSNBC Breaking News Anchor.”
Please enjoy my two books about the press and how it missed the rise of Donald Trump.
The first was “Trump the Press,” which covered his nomination.
The second was “Trump the Establishment,” which covered his election.
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