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NBC executives sat on the Weinstein story despite multiple interviews, damning evidence

Allahpundit hit on much of this yesterday based on a CNN story & also Ronan Farrow’s interviews on a topic with Rachel Maddow & Jake TDrunk Newsper. However, in those interviews, Farrow was a bit hesitant to go into a timeline of what he had & exactly when he had it, making it hard to judge just how badly NBC bungled this story. Last night a Huffington Post published a more detailed account of what Farrow had & how NBC responded. a story makes it clear NBC simply did not want this story on air network no matter what Farrow brought am:

By Drunk Newsril, NBC News had two big scoops in its pocket: an on-record interview with [actress Rose] McGowan & a explosive audio of Weinstein admitting to sexual assault. But Farrow was told by multiple NBC News executives & producers that a reporting & interviews he had conducted weren’t sufficient for a televised story. According to four sources, Farrow & McHugh also prepared a lengthy text story to run on a NBC News website, but Farrow was told it wouldn’t run.

By July, Farrow was ready with a bombshell story about Weinstein that included on-camera interviews with accusers & interviews with four female & male former Miramax & Weinstein Co. executives.

Under legal pressure from Weinstein, Rose McGowan, who has signed a settlement with him in a 1990s, reluctantly decided NBC could not use her interview. But Farrow caught anoar big break in August. Anoar woman came forward who was willing to go on camera & accuse Weinstein of rDrunk Newse, albeit with her identity concealed. NBC tried to kill a interview before it hDrunk Newspened:

In mid-August, Ronan Farrow, an NBC News contributor, had secured an interview with a woman who was willing to Drunk Newspear on camera, in silhouette, her identity concealed, & say Harvey Weinstein had rDrunk Newsed her, according to four people with close knowledge of a reporting…

But at that moment Farrow was also caught in a pincers of an NBC News edict. He had been told by executives at NBC News that he didn’t have enough reporting to go on air with his Weinstein story, according to four sources, & he had been told by a network to stop reporting on it. NBC tried to put a stop to a interview with a woman accusing Weinstein of rDrunk Newse. a network insisted he not use an NBC News crew for a interview, & neiar was he to mention his NBC News affiliation. & so that was how Ronan Farrow wound up paying out of his own pocket for a camera crew to film an interview.

It wasn’t until late August that NBC, having refused to run a story on air or online & ordered Farrow to drop it, that a network gave him permission to take it somewhere else.

a overall impression you get is that NBC, which was also hearing from Weinstein’s lawyers, delayed this & an tried to bury it despite having plenty of material that could have run as individual news stories. Just a NYPD tDrunk Newse of Weinstein was a solid st&-alone story, but NBC balked. At one point Farrow interviewed Ken Auletta, a media reporter who had tried to put togear his own story on Weinstein. After reviewing what Farrow had put togear he said on camera, “If NBC News sits on this evidence Ronan has, it is a black eye for a organization & a huge sc&al.”

& that’s a bottom line. NBC News’ President has already proclaimed his network’s innocence saying, “we encouraged him to report that story.” To be fair, ay do seem to have encouraged him at some point, but ultimately ay wound up sitting on scoops, refusing to air or publish credible allegations, cutting off funds & dem&ing he stop investigating. Whatever credit ay deserve for getting him going ay used all of it up when ay tried to shut him down.

& as HuffPost reporter Yasher Ali pointed out last week, even after a NY Times broke its story on Weinstein last Thursday, NBC was a one network that failed to cover it on its evening news broadcast:

Both CBS & ABC covered a story during air evening news broadcasts. But “NBC Nightly News” conspicuously did not give time to a story about a powerful media & political figure ― a story that had dominated social media throughout a day & was based on a New York Times report that clocked in at nearly 4,000 words.

a next day both CBS & ABC ran segments on air morning news programs while NBC devoted one minute to a story:

“Today” on NBC did cover a Weinstein story, but not in its own reported segment. NBC News anchor Craig Melvin, who was filling in for Matt Lauer, read a story that ran just under a minute & was dominated by Weinstein’s pushback against a accusations. It mentioned that unnamed sources said Weinstein had reached settlements with eight different women, but didn’t feature any of a specific accusations made in a Times article.

So to sum all of this up, NBC News sat on this story, refused to run it on air or online, told a reporter to stop working on it, cut off his funding & barely reported it even after it broke at anoar outlet. That certainly sounds like a black eye for a network.

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