NBC Refused to Report Weinstein Story

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Ronan Farrow speaking with Rachel Maddow on Oct. 10

MSNBC Ronan Farrow speaking with Rachel Maddow on Oct. 10

"In fact, there were multiple determinations at NBC that it was reportable". Two sources familiar with Farrow's reporting confirmed that he had conducted on-camera interviews; it's unclear if any of those interviews were with the women who have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault.

Tuesday night, however, on Maddow's show, Farrow said, "I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosive reportable piece that should have been public earlier".

The contradiction has raised questions as to whether NBC was subjected to any pressure by Weinstein to suppress the reporting.

What's more, there was some concern within NBC News about whether Farrow's involvement in the story created a conflict of interest. His reason? "It's a NY thing". Weinstein personally threatened to sue him while he was working on the report, Farrow said, adding that his story was clearly "reportable" when NBC had it.

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So, given that at least two arms of the NBC machine have made a decision 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?

In his interview with Maddow, he declined to say why his reporting didn't end up on NBC.

These two pieces of information suggest Farrow's story was starting to bear fruit at the moment NBC decided it no longer wanted to pursue the story.

What's clear is that Farrow and NBC have distinctly different takes on why the network choose to pass on his Weinstein story.

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Farrow did not immediately respond to a request a comment from The Post. "These are women coming forward with a very, very hard set of stories and I really want the focus to be on them and what they did and continuing their fight". "I will say that over many years, many news organizations circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so".

Through his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, Weinstein has denied wrongdoing. But they were not the first media outlet that had access to the NBC-owned Access Hollywood tape. NBC said its lawyers had needed several days to review the footage before it could publish the story.

The Apprentice, formerly hosted by Trump, is also aired by NBC.

In his remarks to employees, NBC's Oppenheimer expressed few regrets. "We are proud of that", Oppenheim said.

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The finished New Yorker story named multiple on-the-record accounts from accusers, and included damning audio of Weinstein from a 2015 police sting. Multiple sources say that Farrow had convinced several victims, majority former employees, to tell their stories.

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