Matt Lauer Helps Peter Cook Prove his Own Narcissism on the Today Show

Lisa E. Scott's picture

I am so saddened that Matt Lauer gave Peter Cook an opportunity to interview this morning after he forced Ms. Brinkley to discuss their marriage yesterday when she obviously did not want to and made that very clear to Mr. Lauer at the beginning of the interview.

Despite my disappointment in Matt Lauer, I am very glad this interview was given because it just further proves Peter Cook's raging narcissism.

Ms. Brinkley has not been on a television show for four years and the only reason she chose to go on The Today Show was to discuss her upcoming role in "Chicago," but Matt Lauer did not give her that chance yesterday and instead took it to the gutter to stir the pot for his personal friend, Peter Cook.

Matt Lauer admits that Peter Cook rang his cell phone immediately after his interview with Christie yesterday and requested a chance to strike back. Strike back at what? Matt had Christie in tears! Matt not only gives Mr. Cook an interview, but pre-tapes it to be sure he can’t be cornered or bullied by the interviewer like Christie was when interviewed by Matt.

What does the Today Show have to say about such unabashed, blatant and unethical nepotism?!!

Mr. Cook is the one on a media campaign to destroy Christie and the only reason is because he can't stand to see her happy. He is seething with envy of Ms. Brinkley’s upcoming role in “Chicago,” the longest running Broadway show in history.

Oh, and Mr. Cook's attempt to say that his own narcissism helps him be a better father is completely ridiculous. The NPD expert The Today Show had on their show this morning even pointed out how completely inaccurate and false this statement is.

Nice try at more spin, Mr. Cook, but all this does is prove how delusional you really are about reality. Your own son is not speaking to you right now. I think that says it all. Do you think your appearance on The Today Show calling his mother a liar this morning helped mend your relationship with him in any way?

Of course not and he knows this, but he does not care. Narcissism does not give you tunnel-vision on that which you choose to focus....quite the opposite… it makes it impossible for one to focus on anyone or anything else BUT themselves because their fragile and enormous EGO gets in the way every time.

Mr. Cook knows he is putting his children through hell right now at the expense of his own insecurity. He admits that if were a good role model he would NOT be interviewing on the Today Show right now. He knows his actions are destroying his children, but he admits he can’t help himself…..if that isn’t admission of pathological narcissism, I don’t know what is.

Thank you Matt Lauer and Peter Cook for proving who the real narcissist is in this relationship and bravo to Christie Brinkley for handling herself with such class through this entire ordeal. The Today Show and Matt Lauer owe her a huge apology. Personally, I will be joining many others by watching Good Morning America going forward.

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Light in dark's picture

Matt the Brat ;)

My closest friend and confidant watched the initial interview with Brinkley and Lauer and subsequently with Cook. She urged me to watch, saying it reminded her of my "situation". Once I watched it, boy did this make my blood boil!

I have to say, I have a love/hate relationship with studying up on narcs. I've been SO WRONGED by my narc/sociopath... I'm trying to leave it ALL behind.

Its truly a catch 22... Do you do a "public service" and subject yourself to the topic in order educate others (thereby creating your own emotional vulnerability)? OR, do you turn your back to the ugliness in hopes of healing and moving on??????????

My narc still makes contact in crafty ways - he calls me with a caller ID which displays my own brother's phone number...tells me he may have cancer (want empathy), etc. MEANING, I'm still in stage 1-3 :(

abreva's picture

I can't find the interview with Peter Cook

Does anybody have a link?

I can't find it on Youtube, or Today Show or anywhere.

TryingToUnderstand's picture

I was disappointed in the

I was disappointed in the follow up. I agree that it points out the true narcissist, but only to those who get it well enough not to need that validation. I believe, that to the general public, the second story simply made it look more like a typical divorce (as if typical divorces go on for 4 years after they're finalized) where both parties are attacking each other in the hopes of getting a better deal in the end. Well... this aint that! There's no better deal to get in the end at this point. This is strictly the wrath of a narcissist resulting from his narcissistic injury.

I admit I now find it interesting to watch the NPD brain at work... I love that Peter needed to add those words "on a daily basis" referring to her lies about his harassment. I don't recall her saying "on a daily basis" but that sure would be hard to defend if she had. Sure that sounds ridiculous... it is... and she didn't say it.

It could have been handled SO much better... and it could have been an opportunity to TEACH the public about narcissism.

ACgirl's picture

His name is Matt Lower, not Matt Lauer!!

I saw how horrible Matt Lower was to Christie Brinkley. Is there any way we can write in to the Today Show to voice our disappointment in how Matt conducted the interview with her? He kept interupting her, and challenging her. It was so awful and frankly, hard to watch. I thought about her all day and wished there was something I could do. She doesn't have a complete website, so there was no way to write to her. But she needs to know that there are a bunch of us women who saw what happened and offer her support. Matt LOWER is also known as Rat Louse!!

Run4it's picture

Disgusting display by Matt

Disgusting display by Matt Lauer and Cook.

Monarch's picture

I hope Christie will work to

I hope Christie will work to educate the public about what narcissism is. Sad. I have had her on my mind all day. She's in my prayers. We can see through Peter Projection because we've been through it too. Matt, obviously, has not. I would have thought before my experience with and my understanding of narcissism that it was just a "he said/she said," sort of deal. So, I can actually understand why Matt gave both sides a chance to talk...not that he should have. I just understand his ignorance. However, now that I have been educated on the disorder through reading (thanks, Lisa) and through experience, Peter Cook is very transparent. A side note: I wish the media would just report the news and quit being so tabloid.

phantom adoration's picture

Tabloid sells! The media

Tabloid sells! The media reports what the majority want to hear or read.
Matt Lauer took advantage of the situation. His questions and behavior were unacceptable.
Christie Brinkely appeared on the Today Show to discuss her participation in CHICAGO. His tack with her was cruel, not a scoop but a stoop. Entrapment.
With millions of viewers witnessing he reduced the Today Show to tabloid status and once again put their situation on the front burner for all to see. What about her children and the after shocks they experienced.
Having Peter Cook appear was just kicking someone when their down.
Matt Lauewr may find himself the subject in the future, he is married with three children. So his celebraty makes him fair game as well. Simply pathetic.
Which makes the answer to the question, "WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MATT LAUER" easy, who gives a shit?
I am seriously disgusted.

Lisa E. Scott's picture

The Decline of News Reporting

Great point, TryingToUnderstand....

"This is strictly the wrath of a narcissist resulting from his narcissistic injury."

So true...

AND

"It could have been handled SO much better... and it could have been an opportunity to TEACH the public about narcissism."

Unfortunately, like you said our media no longer reports on the news, but on tabloid fodder, which only breeds more narcissism. It's very sad.

Ha, I love this PhantomAdoration:
"Makes the answer to the question, 'WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MATT LAUER' easy, who gives a shit?"

phantom adoration's picture

I have been a faithful Today

I have been a faithful Today Show watcher for longer then Matt Lauer has been on it. What we all witnessed was his lack of dignity and impartiality. His incessant interruptions and questions only made him look frankly, like he would be better suited to one of many newspapers in the check out aisle of the Grocey or on Inside Edition/Entertainment Tonight.
Those who thirst for this type of sensationalism fly their true colors. Vampires, right?
All celebrities risk exposure of their inner life but it does not give the Matt Lauers of the world the right to keep poking.
His allowing Peter Cook an interview contributes to the tawdriness we have come to accept as normal. If I were Christie Brinkely, Matt Lauer would be added to my NC list.
The Today Show is rated the #1 morning news show. WE, all of us here have the power to take them down a peg or two.
If the people of Eygpt can topple their government, surely we can do this. Just saying.

spinning's picture

As always, dear Lisa, so

eloquently said.

You are one classy woman as well.

Taking the "low road" as Lauer did is easy.

It takes strength and guts to take the high road. This piece is a beautiful illustration of the difference.

Love,
(not) spinning. BECAUSE I'M ON THE PATH FORWARD NOW AND ALWAYS!