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Trump: Fire All of NBC for Fake News

President Trump of course chimed in Wednesday morning after news broke that Matt Lauer had been fired by NBC News for alleged inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. Trump, who is also accused of sexual misconduct and has repeatedly spread false information, asked on Twitter: “When will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News?” He added, vaguely, “Check out Andy Lack’s past!” referring to NBC News’ chief. Minutes earlier, Trump had retweeted disturbing videos shared by a far-right British Islamophobe of what appeared to be an ISIS killing and also responded to CNN’s announcement that it would boycott the White House Christmas party by suggesting that the White House should, in turn, “boycott” CNN. He wrote, “Dealing with them is a total waste of time!” An hour later, Trump went after MSNBC President Phil Griffin and ex-pal Joe Scarborough, with a sinister apparent reference to his intern who died of what a medical examiner determined to be natural causes in 2001. “So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”