NBC News chief defends network's handling of Weinstein story


Farrow, a former MSNBC host and contributor to NBC News, was known to be originally reporting the story for NBC.

Instead, Farrow's story - and the audio, from a 2015 New York Police Department sting - appeared Tuesday on the website of The New Yorker.

Farrow said that, during the course of his reporting, Weinstein had threatened to sue him, and that other news organizations that had pursued the story similarly faced pressure from the powerful film executive.

HuffPo, citing anonymous sources, reported that NBC had the report as recently as August, and that Farrow already had the audio recording of Weinstein at that time.

David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, told the Washington Post that Farrow "had a lot of material" when he approached the magazine about publishing the Weinstein story, and defended the journalist as "an honest person who has worked extremely hard". Clearly, at least one part of NBC knew about Weinstein's reputation as far back as this 2012 episode of 30 Rock.

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When asked by Maddow why he had ultimately made a decision to take the story to the New Yorker, Farrow said that she would "have to ask NBC and NBC executives".

But after sitting for the interview, her lawyer contacted Farrow and NBC to revoke consent because it could put her in legal jeopardy given the terms of her settlement agreement, sources with knowledge of the situation tell THR. He was sacked from the production company he helped create over the weekend and has admitted he needs to seek counseling, even as he has threatened to sue the New York Times and media companies allege huge pressure from him and his lawyers to kill the stories. Immediately, obviously, The New Yorker recognized that. And he has threatened to sue the New York Times for its October 5 story detailing lurid harassment claims and eight settlements paid over many years.

And, Oppenheim made a point of reminding staff that NBC News had bankrolled much of Farrow's work on the piece, something of which, Oppenhein said, the company is "proud". And it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable.

Farrow had also arranged for eight interviews on camera with accusers while working on the report for NBC News, according to an industry insider that spoke to The Daily Beast. However, one of those unnamed sources reportedly said the story brought to NBC was "nowhere close to what ultimately ran in the NY Times or the New Yorker". "In fact, there were multiple determinations at NBC that it was reportable".

The source continued: "The story he published is radically different that what he brought to NBC News".