Scarborough Suggests NBC Wouldn't Punish Lauer If He Pulled a Stephanopoulos

May 19th, 2015 9:25 AM

Did Joe Scarborough just suggest that the suits at his own network are craven cowards who put bucks over ethics?

On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough predicted that if Matt Lauer had pulled a Stephanopoulos, NBC would hesitate to punish him [just as ABC hasn't disciplined Steph], because Lauer's morning Today show "is where they make the money."

Scarborough suggested that NBC was willing to come down hard on Brian Williams because he just did the evening news, which is not where the monetary action is anymore for the networks.

Scarborough began by alluding to Stephanopoulos's "humiliating" performance in grilling Peter Schweizer on his expose of the Clinton Foundation without revealing that he had donated $75,000 to it.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: It was humiliating. I mean if you're at ABC News, you got to be humiliated by the fact that he did it that and he did not reveal that he had paid $75,000 to an organization, and then he's talking about the investigations they did. So, you know, but they're not going to do anything to him. And, you know, let's be honest. If it happened at NBC and it were Matt Lauer, everybody is talking Brian Williams, I mean if all -- if all [Stephanopoulos] were doing were ABC World News Tonight, he'd have been gone, right? But let's face it, if Matt Lauer did that over here, everybody would be humina, humina, humina, humina -- because that's where, that's where they make the money. They don't make money on those night news shows anymore. They make it in the morning. That's where all the money's made, so. But any way, at the end of the day, how surprising it all comes down to money.