NBC Has Made No Changes In Response To Blowing The Weinstein Story

NBC threatened to ruin Ronan Farrow if he didn’t stop reporting on Harvey Weinstein: report

A former NBC producer who worked with Ronan Farrow investigating the bombshell sexual assault allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein is accusing NBC executives of stymying the story.

According to a Thursday New York Times report, McHugh said that executives at NBC tried to quash the story many times, raising suspicions that they were in contact with Weinstein and working on his behalf.

The Times and The Daily Beast both revisited NBC's handling of the story this week, with the Beast reporting that NBC News general counsel Susan Weiner had threatened to "smear" Farrow if he refused to drop the matter.

Also damning, when the Times broke the first piece on the Weinstein allegations (Farrow's New Yorker piece would follow a few days later), NBC handled the story very differently than did its counterparts. "There's no truth to that all".

Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, has denied McHugh's account, telling theTimes that Farrow and McHugh were told repeatedly that "the standard for publication is we needed at least one credible on-the-record victim or witness of misconduct" andthat "we never met that threshold while Ronan was reporting for us". HuffPost reported previous year that McGowan "withdrew her permission for NBC News to use the footage after she'd received legal threats from Weinstein".

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While The Daily Beast's upcoming story is hanging ominously over NBC News, Ronan Farrow's upcoming book Catch and Kill could join with the expose to create a brutal 1-2 punch.

Rich McHugh left NBC two weeks ago and has told the New York Times that the network took steps toward "killing the Harvey Weinstein story", which NBC denies. Rich Greenberg is still the executive editor of the NBC News investigative unit.

Farrow characterized the event differently, implying in a previous interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that he took his story to the New Yorker because he knew it wasn't going anywhere with NBC. "Externally, I had Weinstein associates calling me repeatedly". Oppenheim said he even encouraged Farrow to pursue the story, and offered tips.

A review of the NBC News masthead confirms that letting the story of the year go to a competitor has had no consequences for top NBC management. Besides, this wouldn't be the first time that the Powers That Be at NBC News ignored or squashed reports of abusive, powerful men.

Losing Farrow and the Weinstein story is just one of many reasons that Lack, who returned as head of NBC News in 2015 after running the news division in the '90s, has been under scrutiny of late. "And immediately the New Yorker recognized that, and it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable". The Daily Beast reported, between August and October, however, Weinstein had been told by NBC News that Farrow would not use reporting he had conducted at the network in his final story.

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