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NBC Let Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Scoop Slip Away

12 October 2017

However, Rachel Maddow did interview Farrow and asked him why NBC killed the story. And immediately, obviously, the New Yorker recognized that. Yet when Maddow mentioned NBC's belief that the story wasn't "publishable", Farrow fought back. In The New Yorker story, several women spoke on the record about their encounters with Weinstein.

Early in his investigation, Farrow told multiple people he was working on the story for NBC. "That is real. And in the course of this reporting, I was threatened with a lawsuit personally by Mr. Weinstein".

"The incredible story that we all read yesterday, was not the story that we were looking at when we made our judgment several months ago", Oppenheim told employees during a company meeting in a transcript obtained by TheWrap.

Farrow's New Yorker piece includes harrowing descriptions of Weinstein's behavior from women including Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino.

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"The notion that we would try to cover for a powerful person is deeply offensive to all of us".

The contradiction has raised questions as to whether NBC was subjected to any pressure by Weinstein to suppress the reporting.

What's more, there was some concern within NBC News about whether Farrow's involvement in the story created a conflict of interest.

But then, he added, "I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so", commenting by implication.

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NBC News was aware of the footage for almost four days before the Post published it, saying they sat on it so lawyers could finish reviewing it.

And while an NBC network source told HuffPost that what Farrow had at NBC was "nowhere close to what ultimately ran in the NY Times or the New Yorker", Farrow disagreed.

Farrow did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

In any case, sources said that Farrow arrived at the vaunted magazine with lots of reporting, and that they wonder why NBC News wasn't willing to see the story through after so many months.

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"By several accounts, at least eight women claiming to have been sexually harassed, abused, or assaulted by Weinstein had agreed to go on camera - a lot of them anonymously in shadow, but two alleged victims with their names and faces", according to the Beast. "These are women coming forward with a very, very hard set of stories and I really want the focus to be on them and what they did and continuing their fight". But they were not the first media outlet that had access to the NBC-owned Access Hollywood tape. Multiple sources say that Farrow had convinced several victims, majority former employees, to tell their stories.

NBC Let Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Scoop Slip Away