NBC Let Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Scoop Slip Away

NBC Let Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Scoop Slip Away

Farrow, who once hosted an afternoon program on MSNBC, took the story first to NBC News, but the network decided against running the story. "You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story", he said. NBC News agreed, with the understanding that if he got the story published he would come back and talk about it for NBC outlets. But during a Tuesday appearance on NBC's cable news channel MSNBC, Farrow said he believed the story could have been broadcast. He added, "Suffice to say, the stunning story, the incredible story that we all read yesterday, was not the story that we were looking at when we made our judgment several months ago".

Oppenheim repeated the network's stance that Farrow's original work for them was not reportable, something the journalist pointedly disputed on Rachel Maddow last night. I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and have faced a great deal of pressure in doing so.

And while an NBC network source told HuffPost that what Farrow had at NBC was "nowhere close to what ultimately ran in the NY Times or the New Yorker", Farrow disagreed.

Farrow did not immediately respond to a request a comment from The Post.

Farrow was unequivocal: "I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier".

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Farrow, who joined NBC in 2014 and formerly hosted an MSNBC program, appears to have been well along in his reporting about Weinstein at the time NBC made a decision to drop the story. And while several of them would do so only anonymously - they consented to on-camera interviews with their identities disguised - there were two victims willing to go on the record with stories of harassment at the hands of the powerful Hollywood mogul.

HuffPo, citing anonymous sources, reported that NBC had the report as recently as August, and that Farrow already had the audio recording of Weinstein at that time.

"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. "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances".

In his remarks to employees, NBC's Oppenheimer expressed few regrets.

The finished New Yorker story named multiple on-the-record accounts from accusers, and included damning audio of Weinstein from a 2015 police sting. "[Today] we couldn't be prouder of him". Multiple sources say that Farrow had convinced several victims, a lot of them former employees, to tell their stories.

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