Ex-producer slams NBC News over Ronan Farrow controversy
01 September, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Courtney Perry
In an extensive report by the Daily Beast yesterday, Weiner is said to have called Farrow repeatedly after he left NBC News and was working on his Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker exposé of the now much accused Weinstein, who is facing a potential life behind bars in a sex crime case in NY.
In an interview with the New York Times published Thursday, Rich McHugh called out NBC, saying that the broadcaster was "resistant" to Farrow's reporting on Weinstein from an early stage.
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.
The Daily Beast also cited multiple sources who alleged that Charles Harder, who was Weinstein's attorney at the time, claimed that NBC had provided written assurance that Farrow would not use any reporting from his time at the network. "There's no truth to that all".
Farrow had begun to suspect that Oppenheim-who moonlighted as a Hollywood screenwriter-was potentially communicating with Weinstein directly about the story, according to the sources.
McHugh told the Times that the "resistance" he experienced from NBC News executives amounted to "a massive breach of journalistic integrity".
"Three days before Ronan and I were going to head to L.A.to interview a woman with a credible rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein, I was ordered to stop, not to interview this woman", McHugh told the Times.
McHugh said that, despite mounting evidence, "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". I knew that Weinstein was calling NBC executives directly.
When Farrow left NBC News previous year, he took the Harvey Weinstein story with him, and he later went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his stories which have played a key role in the MeToo movement.
"We repeatedly made clear to Ronan and Rich McHugh the standard for publication is we needed at least one credible on-the-record victim or witness of misconduct", Oppenheim said. He is the first NBC insider to go on the record and make the charge that the story was killed. Andrew Lack remains the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. And immediately New Yorker recognized that, and it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable. And the public may not learn Farrow's interpretation of events until he's finished with his upcoming book, "Catch and Kill", which will detail his reporting on Weinstein. Besides, this wouldn't be the first time that the Powers That Be at NBC News ignored or squashed reports of abusive, powerful men.
Farrow ultimately left NBC because of its continued reluctance to air the story.
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