Have We Seriously Decided that Old Consensual Affairs Involving Media Stars Are Now ‘Assault’?!

Ugh. This never-ending news cycle is just going to keep getting nuttier, isn’t it?

Thursday, Variety breathlessly reported about a completely consensual affair in 2000 which former NBC superstar Matt Lauer apparently had with a then 24-year old woman who was leaving her production assistant position at NBC to take a job as a news anchor at the CBS affiliate in Charleston, West Virginia.

Had this story been told in the context that Lauer, as I strongly believe is the case, was fired from


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