Russell Moore Criticizes Geraldo Rivera for Calling Firing of Matt Lauer ‘Criminalizing Courtship’

Christian ethicist Russell Moore blasted Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera for defending Matt Lauer, co-host of the “Today” show, whom NBC fired after a complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior.

Rivera tweeted, “Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me. News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?”

“What a repulsive attitude. Courtship?” wrote Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, on Twitter.

In another tweet, Rivera wrote, “A jerk’s a jerk in dating. #SexHarassment should be confined to situations where superior imposes himself on subordinate who feels unable to complain because of power of perp or feared consequences to victim’s employment. Shouldn’t be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex’s.”

In response, Fox News wrote, “Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him.”

NBC Chairman Andy Lack released a statement Wednesday that the network received an “inappropriate sexual behavior” complaint against Lauer from a colleague with reason to believe “this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Several others criticized Rivera for defending Lauer, whose contract with NBC expires in 2018.

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Source: Christian Post