Ronan Farrow Weinstein Story Was Killed By "Very Highest Levels Of NBC"

Calvin Saunders
September 1, 2018

The Daily Beast reported Thursday that new details from people familiar with the conversation revealed that NBC counsel Susan Weiner made "several" calls to Farrow in attempts to get him to quash his reporting.

A former NBC News producer who worked with Ronan Farrow has claimed that the broadcaster attempted to impede Ronan Farrow from finishing his reporting on disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual predations. "He's a person of integrity, and he cared deeply about the investigative stories we worked on together and the importance of seeing them through", Farrow said.

Farrow ultimately took the story to The New Yorker, which published it in October 2017, just a few days after The New York Times published its own investigation into Weinstein.

McHugh spoke on the record with The New York Times for a story published Thursday night, shortly after The Daily Beast published an articlewith other accusations regarding NBC's decision not to run Farrow's story.

A particularly suspicious moment came during a meeting in summer 2017, when Oppenheim allegedly "mentioned to Farrow that Weinstein had raised objections to Farrow's reporting-even though Farrow had not yet asked Weinstein to comment on the allegations, according to individuals briefed on the meeting".

Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, has denied McHugh's account, telling theTimes that Farrow and McHugh were told repeatedly that "the standard for publication is we needed at least one credible on-the-record victim or witness of misconduct" andthat "we never met that threshold while Ronan was reporting for us".

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"I think it's fair to say that there was a point in our reporting where I felt there were obstacles to us reporting this externally, and there were obstacles to us reporting this internally", McHugh told the New York Times. The Washington Post eventually reported it. And immediately New Yorker recognized that, and it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable.

From there, Farrow's story helped bring down Weinstein and his media empire, winning a Pulitzer Prize and leaving many with questions about how NBC could have let such a sensational scoop slip away.

According to the Daily Beast's sources, "NBC threatened Ronan Farrow if he kept reporting on Harvey Weinstein". "Absolutely false", an anonymous NBC spokesperson told the outlet.

The president of NBC News, Noah Oppenheim, denied McHugh's accusation.

A review of the NBC News masthead confirms that letting the story of the year go to a competitor has had no consequences for top NBC management.

Sources told The Daily Beast that Farrow suspected that Oppenheim, who is also a screewriter and TV producer, was communicating with Weinstein about Farrow's investigation. Besides, this wouldn't be the first time that the Powers That Be at NBC News ignored or squashed reports of abusive, powerful men.

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