February 24, 2018

Does NBC have a Harvey Weinstein protection problem?

12 October 2017, 01:09 | Israel Caldwell

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According to The Huffington Post, NBC chose not to run with Ronan Farrow's reporting over "concerns related to the story's sourcing and cleared Farrow to take it to The New Yorker".

During an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday night Farrow told Rachel Maddow that his story was "reportable" when he presented it to NBC, where he works as a contributor. "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".

Farrow disclosed that Weinstein threatened him with a lawsuit while he was reporting on the Hollywood producer's alleged indiscretions. In The New Yorker story, several women spoke on the record about their encounters with Weinstein.

Here's that 30 Rock clip where Jane Krakowski jokes that she turned down sex with Harvey Weinstein 3 out of 5 times. "He definitely never said a word about the New Yorker". "In fact, there were multiple determinations at NBC that it was reportable", Farrow continued.

Ronan Farrow, who is the son of Mia Farrow and is estranged from his father Woody Allen, has gone on record supporting his sister Dylan Farrow's accusations of improper behavior by their father.

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So, given that at least two arms of the NBC machine have chose to ignore the Weinstein story it's worth asking: Is NBC afraid of the former movie mogul - as Farrow implies - or were they engaged in a pattern of protecting him until the story got to big? "The story he published is radically different than what he brought to NBC News", Tapper read on the air to Farrow.

Sallie Hofmeister, Weinstein's representative, did not immediately return a request for comment. NBC News agreed, according to the source, with the understanding that if he got the story published he would come back and talk about it for NBC outlets.

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

Multiple sources told THR that Farrow's reporting was reviewed by NBC News' legal department and that Kim Harris, who as lead counsel for NBCUniversal reports to CEO Steve Burke, was also reviewing the material. "I'm not going to comment on any news organization's story that they did or did not run". "Access Hollywood" is owned by NBC, and Bush had recently joined NBC News as a "Today Show" co-host. "[Today] we couldn't be prouder of him". "We supported him and gave him resources to report that story over many, many months".

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