We now know NBC News was one of the first to get wind of the Harvey Weinstein bombshell scandal and yet they attempted to brush it under the rug and refused to air a segment about it.
Apparently, they hoped the scandal would not explode the way it did and thought by not covering it they could hide the truth from the American people.
NBC News is under fire inside and outside of 30 Rock for passing on the story that has turned Hollywood on its head – movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of preying on women seeking to break into the movie business.
The Peacock’s attempts to explain why former MSNBC host Ronan Farrow’s expose on Weinstein never made it on the air, despite extensive, on-the-record interviews and a damning audiotape of Weinstein himself, have fallen flat as the story has exploded.
“Who at NBC News passed on this story?” asked Mediaite columnist and Managing Editor Colby Hall. “Why would they choose not to cover such an enormous and important story? And was there some sort of mandate from above?”
The answers to those questions were not immediately clear, but there is plenty of evidence the story was ripe and ready.
Farrow, who took his story to The New Yorker with an 7,741-word opus that may have driven a stake through the heart of one of Hollywood’s biggest power players, reportedly worked on the story for nearly a year.
Farrow, who had his show canceled in 2015 and now has a non-exclusive relationship with NBC, was told months before publication his Weinstein scoop didn’t meet NBC’s standards. An NBC insider said Farrow’s story didn’t have a specific accuser willing to go on the record at the time.
Farrow then asked if he could bring it to a print outlet, and NBC agreed as long as he promised to discuss the story on “NBC Nightly News” if it turned out to be newsworthy. Well, it was not only newsworthy, it dominated the entire news cycle and rocked the entertainment industry with new allegations of rape and harassment by one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.
It was the second time in a year that NBC has brushed off a major scoop after getting first crack at it.
Roughly one year ago, NBC News sat on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of then-candidate Trump making lewd sexual comments about women. The Washington Post broke the story while NBC News corporate lawyers reportedly considered what to do with the video – and the Post took just five hours to vet the same footage. Farrow’s piece and the “Access Hollywood” tape both emerged as enormous stories that no reputable news organization could avoid – but NBC had both stories exclusively and sat on them until they appeared on other outlets.
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