Fake News at its Finest: NBC Passed on Harvey Weinstein Piece From Ronan Farrow


Ronan Farrow’s explosive report on Harvey Weinstein has catapulted onto the front page.  Although the story ran in The New Yorker, Farrow’s first choice was NBC.  However, NBC passed on the story.  Odd, don’t you think?

By August, taped audio of a recording between Weinstein and a model had surfaced.  The story was fully developed.  Still, NBC decided to pass. Nobody is talking, but the signal is clear: Weinstein threatened the network.

Ronan appeared on the Rachel Maddow show.  During the interview, Maddow asked, “So Ronan, you just said that one of these women spoke on camera back in January. Why did you end up reporting this story for The New Yorker and not for NBC News?”

While there were no hard feelings, Ronan helped clear up the refusal for NBC to air:

Look, you would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story. I’m not going to comment on any news organization’s story that they did or didn’t run. I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and have faced a great deal of pressure in doing so. And there are now reports emerging publicly about the kinds of pressure that news organizations faced in this. And that is real.

Farrow also told Maddow that Weinstein had threatened to sue him. This reporter deserves considerable credit for standing up to such a powerful man.  It would almost seem it was a higher destiny for him.

These women were afraid, and based on my reporting, legitimately afraid…

Since the report, several high-profile women have come forward including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.  The story has cast light on “the casting couch”, an old practice in Hollywood of exchanging sexual favors for movie roles.

In defense of claims his story was still to vague when he approached NBC:

I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier and immediately, obviously The New Yorker recognized that…And it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable. In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.


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