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The Matt Lauer Flap

What happened to Matt Lauer? This was the main topic of conversation on the internet and the cable political shows after the MSNBC “National Security ” forum Tuesday night. Lauer did seem much more dug in with Hillary Clinton than Trump where Lauer treaded lightly.

Perhaps the answer can be found on the front page of last week’s National Enquirer which featured Lauer on the cover and the headline “I sold cocaine to Matt Lauer !”: Today show star’s DRUG DEALER TELLS ALL!”

The Lauer Cocaine story might well have been a shot across Laurer’s bow, a veiled warning to go easy on Trump. As the New York Daily News reported months ago, when the Enquirer reported on Trump nemesis Ted Cruz’s “multiple affairs,” Trump and Enquirer American Media CEO David Pecker are good friends. Indeed, Pecker reportedly has flown numerous times to Florida on Trump’s private jet. The Enquirer has unabashedly been promoting Trump all along, even allowing Trump to write a column. The intro read, “Charismatic billionaire Donald Trump writes exclusively for the Enquirer.

As the Daily News pointed out, Enquirer staff are livid that Trump, a tabloid dream come true, is off limits.

That the Lauer cocaine front pager appeared before the MSNBC forum is probably no accident. I can well imagine that Lauer was crapping in his pants at the thought that if he put too much heat on Trump, the latter would have dropped the Cocaine bomb on him before a national audience.  For all the nasty disparagement of Putin in the US press, one wonders if Putin couldn’t learn a few things from Trump.

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Jack McCarthy is a writer in Tallahassee, Florida. He can be reached at jackm32301@yahoo.com

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