Who Knew?: NBC fired popular morning news anchor Matt Lauer this week after a woman filed a complaint accusing him of inappropriate behavior. At least two publications were working on the story when NBC announced the termination, prompting many to ask who knew what and for how long?
Turning the Tables: An attempt to dupe the Washington Post with a false story about Roy Moore backfired on a woman and well-known conservative provocateur James O’Keefe, the head of Project Veritas. The operation is known for producing doctored, undercover footage aimed at exposing media bias. Further reporting by The Post says the woman had been trying to infiltrate the paper for months under various disguises.
Normalizing Nazis?: The New York Times was widely criticized by readers who accused the paper of normalizing hate this week after it published a profile of a Nazi sympathizer from Ohio.
Call to Action: The New York Times’ editorial board is no fan of the GOP tax plan and, this week, urged people on Twitter to call key senators and pressure them to vote no. Some accused the paper’s ed-board of crossing the line into activism.
On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney is joined by Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University; freelance journalist Joanna Weiss;  Dan Lothian, a former White House correspondent for CNN; and Adam Reilly of WGBH News.