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NBC News chairman praises Lauer for forum moderator performance

NBC News chairman praises Lauer for forum moderator performance
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The chairman of NBC News had nothing but high marks for "Today" anchor Matt Lauer’s performance as moderator of Wednesday’s presidential "Commander-in-Chief Forum."
 
"Against all odds we were able to bring the two presidential nominees together for the first time and presented an important examination of what each would bring to the role of Commander-in-Chief," Andrew Lack, who also serves as MSNBC chairman, wrote in an internal staff note.
 
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"Because of our event, national security has dominated the news cycle for days."
 
Lack also praised the ratings generated by the event, which outpaced nine of the Republican presidential primary debates and all but one from the Democratic side. 
 
“Matt did a tremendous job — driving one of the most serious discussions to date on these topics. Nearly 15 million people watched the event, and over 26 million tuned in at some point during the hour."
 
The memo flies in the face of a Thursday report by CNN that showed anonymous NBC News executives calling Lauer's performance a "disaster."
 
 
And some right-leaning publications are upset Lauer didn't broach recent controversies around the Clinton Foundation. 
 
Trump had no issues with Lauer's performance, telling Larry King on Thursday he felt Lauer was "very professional."
 
The Clinton campaign disagreed, even going so far to attempt to fundraise off the event via an email with the subject line "Matt Lauer."