GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Two powerful men in media, who many respected for decades, are out over accusations of sexual harassment.
NBC terminated anchor Matt Lauer for "inappropriate workplace behavior." And Minnesota Public Radio cut its long-standing ties with the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion, “Garrison Keillor for "inappropriate behavior with an individual.
This comes one week after we saw CBS and PBS fire Charlie Rose. The sexual harassment allegations come at a time when members of the media are already under heavy criticism by some.
It prompted us to raise the question: What does this mean for journalism at a time when people are trying to discredit the work?
“It is not good news for anybody,” Poynter’s Al Tompkins. “It is an example of how responsible companies react when bad news comes to the doorstep.”
He also said other industries could learn from what we are seeing unfold at the networks.
Tompkins explains why NBC news had to act fast here.