August 20, 2018

NBC News chief denies passing on Weinstein bombshell

12 October 2017, 01:07 | Regina Holmes

Sources: NBC Let Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Scoop Slip Away

Rachel Maddow asks Ronan Farrow why her own employer took a pass on his Harvey Weinstein exposé

"Immediately the New Yorker recognized that and it was not accurate to say that it was not reportable".

"NBC says the story wasn't publishable, that it wasn't ready to go by the time you brought it to them", Maddow said.

"I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should've been public earlier".

Additionally, Farrow and his NBC News producers have had an audio recording of a 2015 sting conducted by the NYPD Special Victims Division since July, said multiple sources.

Two days ago, we learned that Lorne Michaels - the longtime mastermind behind NBC's Saturday Night Live - killed sketches dealing with the Weinstein story.

"An NBC source told 'The Daily Beast, ' quote, 'He brought NBC News early reporting on Weinstein that didn't meet the standard to go forward with the story". But during a Tuesday appearance on NBC's cable news channel MSNBC, Farrow said he believed the story could have been broadcast. "In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC". Those sources also said NBC cleared Farrow to take the story to the New Yorker. The video was leaked to The Washington Post, which broke the story ahead of NBC.

What's more, there was some concern within NBC News about whether Farrow's involvement in the story created a conflict of interest. Portions of the audio - which stemmed from the investigation into charges made by model and actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez - was released with The New Yorker story and has been played incessantly as major media outlets have picked up Farrow's reporting. He tweeted on Tuesday that his New Yorker article had been in the making for 10 months. "Look, you would have to ask NBC and NBC executives", Farrow said, but "I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so".

"By several accounts, at least eight women claiming to have been sexually harassed, abused, or assaulted by Weinstein had agreed to go on camera - majority anonymously in shadow, but two alleged victims with their names and faces", according to the Beast.

When asked why the story did not run on NBC, Farrow responded she would have to ask NBC execs.

Last year, NBC came in for criticism for withholding the Trump "Access Hollywood" tape until after The Post broke the story.

NBC News was aware of the footage for almost four days before the Post published it, saying they sat on it so lawyers could finish reviewing it. Multiple sources say that Farrow had convinced several victims, a lot of them former employees, to tell their stories.

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