We don’t think that word means what you think it means, Matt Lauer. The Today Show claimed it had an “exclusive” on a story that Riverfront Times managing editor Jessica Lussenhop broke in September 2013.
“It was STILL exclusive when I did it again for This American Life in February 2014,” she tells Romenesko. “The attention is great for his case and yes, I know how the 24-hour news cycle food chain works, but it doesnâ€™t keep it from being hard to hear the word ‘exclusive’ coming out of Matt Lauer’s mouth when the actual exclusive came out nine months ago.”
Update, May 5: Mike Anderson, the subject of Lussenhop’s story, has now been released from prison.