NBC Refused to Report Weinstein Story

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These sources say that Farrow was working on the piece at NBC well into the summer, when he suddenly stopped coming to the office.

Kurtz thought Farrow had a "well-documented story" yesterday, and it was unusual NBC chose to not even run the disturbing comments Weinstein made on audio tape. The Times reported that McGowan received $100,000 in 1997, when she was 23, stemming from "an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival".

In fact, according to Farrow's article in The New Yorker: "This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence". By then, Farrow, an NBC contributor and investigative reporter, had already obtained damning audio of an encounter Weinstein had with a woman, in which Weinstein admits to having groped her, sources told HuffPost. Sources told HuffPost that NBC had concerns related to the story's sourcing and cleared Farrow to take it to The New Yorker.

Sometimes - just sometimes - you can forgive New Yorkers for acting like they live in the center of the world, when you consider the number of high-falutin' publications that name-check the city. Immediately, obviously, The New Yorker recognized that. And it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable. In case she missed his point, he later said, "there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC".

One source inside NBC News described the exchange on The Rachel Maddow Show as "jaw-dropping". "We supported him and gave him resources to report that story over many, many months", Oppenheim boasted.

"I'm not going to comment on any news organization's story that they did or didn't run", Farrow responded. "He definitely never said a word about the New Yorker". Portions of the audio - which stemmed from the investigation into charges made by model and actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez - was released with The New Yorker story and has been played incessantly as major media outlets have picked up Farrow's reporting. But in the end, NBC was unsatisfied with the material and interviews procured by Farrow and McHugh. Yet when Maddow mentioned NBC's belief that the story wasn't "publishable", Farrow fought back.

The inference is that NBC News - which let The Washington Post scoop its own Donald Trump Access Hollywood video a year ago - knew about Weinstein and didn't have the courage to take him on. But when he showed his early reporting to NBC News executives "he didn't have one accuser willing to go on the record or identify themselves", the magazine quoted a person familiar with the situation. He rejected the idea that the story "wasn't ready to go" and alluded to the idea that NBC may have caved to pressure from the accused.

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