Former Producer Accuses NBC of Trying to Stop Weinstein Reporting

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

Farrow, according to The Daily Beast, was threatened by NBC News general counsel Susan Weiner when he continued to pursue the Weinstein story on his own.

NBC told journalist Ronan Farrow his bombshell 2017 story about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct was not ready to air and he was even threatened by someone at the network when he made a decision to take the story elsewhere, according to a new report. NBC News's executive editor Rich Greenburg also alleges Farrow's story did not meet their standards at the time, as there were no witnesses willing to go on camera, "The one we had the closest hope of getting, Rose McGowan, pulled out".

NBC has vigorously denied these claims, maintaining that the story was not ready for publication.

Having recently left his position at NBC, McHugh called their actions a "massive breach of journalistic integrity". Not only does Oppenheim moonlight as a screenwriter, he shared a table with Weinstein at the Time 100 Gala in April of 2017, which, according to the timeline above, happened months after Farrow had started his investigation.

"I think it's fair to say that there was a point in our reporting where I felt there were obstacles to us reporting this externally, and there were obstacles to us reporting this internally", McHugh told the New York Times.

Farrow took his work to The New Yorker, helped spark a national movement against sexual harassment and won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. For eight months, Farrow reported the story out, eventually obtaining a recording of an NYPD sting in which Weinstein admitted to groping model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. "And immediately the New Yorker recognized that, and it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable". He is now writing a book about his experience with the network, titled Catch and Kill.

"Absolutely false", an NBC rep told the Daily Beast.

NBC vehemently denies the accusation that it threatened Farrow. He left his job at NBC's investigative unit some two weeks ago for an opportunity to work for Al Gore on a climate change documentary.

"There's more to come", a source with knowledge of the Daily Beast's reporting told Mediaite after the release of its story on Thursday.

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.

In each of these instances, rather than bring in outside investigators to fully vet the scandal (as Fox News has done), NBC News chose to investigate NBC News, and each and every time NBC News was able to report that it found no wrongdoing at NBC News. "I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier", he said.

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