The Matt Lauer Saga: Mark Zinni’s Side

Posted on: 1:42 pm, March 28, 2013, by , updated on: 01:55pm, March 28, 2013

I’m not in the business of being ‘in’ the news, but since I am, here’s my take on something that has gotten a little out of control.

It was a long, long time ago when I spent a summer in New York City and had an amazing internship at the Today Show.  1997 was a great year, but let’s fast forward to Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Obviously, the Today Show has been in the news and there was something else posted online early that morning. Darren Sweeney, an executive producer at FOX 8, asked about my experience with Matt Lauer.

If you know me, you probably know that I don’t take myself too seriously. So, my answer was more of a joke about being young and naive during my time at Today, but I added that he wasn’t nice to me.

I didn’t slam the guy, I just made an honest comment.

Darren tweeted my comment which was followed-up by a viewer who asked a more direct question.

My response? “How do I say this….? He was… Not nice.”

@CONCEDE i was an intern there in ’97, his first year on the job… how do i say this….? he was…. not nice.”

Later that day, while heading to bed, my phone exploded with calls, texts, emails, tweets and Facebook comments from friends who already saw Matt Lauer’s response.  Clearly, my tweet had been noticed.

“@MarkZinni huh? Always tried to be nice Mark. Sorry you didn’t think so. Hope you’re doing well. Matt”

Twitter is a great resource for everyone because it’s instant and, thankfully, shorter than a phone call. Bottom line, I was shocked Matt Lauer even bothered with me and, really, he remembers me? I’m flattered.

I’m not disgruntled (thanks, BuzzFeed!) but I am someone who’s happy to be working at the best station in my hometown with wonderful people. By the way, Katie and Ann were great, but now I start my day with FOX 8 News in the Morning.

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