New York Times Criticizes NBC’s ‘Today’ on Handling of Cheerleader Story

May 4, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The New York Times is unhappy with NBC’s “Today” show after the show aired a segment contesting a Times story about alleged mistreatment of cheerleaders for the Washington Redskins, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

THR reports that a PR account for the paper criticized the show today for its handling of the story.

“The newspaper also claimed the show booked the author of the Wednesday story, Juliet Macur, and then canceled the interview,” THR reports. “Instead, the show booked two women, former Redskins cheerleaders, who denied the crux of the story. According to the report, Redskins cheerleaders were forced to pose topless during a 2013 trip to Costa Rica that was attended by team sponsors and stadium suite-holders.”

The report quotes a post on the paper’s PR account that says: “.@todayshow, we would’ve appreciated the opportunity to respond to criticism of our journalism, especially after booking Juliet Macur (who broke the story) to appear on your show & then canceling her. Here’s a link to our reporting, which is rock solid.”

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