Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Producer Slams NBC for Impeding Weinstein Story: ‘Massive Breach of Journalistic Integrity’

NBC threatened to ruin Ronan Farrow if he didn’t stop reporting on Harvey Weinstein: report Ronan Farrow’s Former Producer Accuses NBC of Attempting to Block Weinstein Story (Report)
Melody Ballard | 04 September, 2018, 10:15

NBC hindered Ronan Farrow's investigation into Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct, a producer who worked closely with Farrow told the New York Times on Thursday.

"At a critical juncture in our reporting on Harvey Weinstein, as we were about to interview a woman with a credible allegation of rape against him", McHugh said in the statement, "I was told not to do the interview and ordered to stand down, thus effectively killing the story".

Losing Farrow and the Weinstein story is just one of many reasons that Lack, who returned as head of NBC News in 2015 after running the news division in the '90s, has been under scrutiny of late.

Only a few people really know what happened inside NBC News when Ronan Farrow's reporting about Harvey Weinstein was shelved by the network. Oppenheim granted permission, and Farrow took the story to The New Yorker, where he published specific names on the record that Oppenheim said were not in his NBC reporting. Former investigative producer Rich McHugh says NBC News displayed a "massive breach of journalistic integrity" and told him and Ronan Farrow to "stand down" on a report into Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct.

While NBC News vehemently denies the accusations, one has to wonder why Farrow and McHugh would make up such a story? Farrow has previously countered NBC claims that the Weinstein story was not well-reported enough to broadcast a year ago.

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NBC News President Noah Oppenheim told the Times that McHugh "was never told to stop in the way he's implying". Weiner never made any threats against Ronan Farrow.

"In August of 2017, after NBC News assigned Ronan Farrow to investigate Weinstein and supported his reporting efforts for eight months, Farrow believed his reporting was ready for air".

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". NBC is a unit of Comcast Corp. NBC has pushed back hard against McHugh's claims, while Farrow has offered only praise for the producer.

Auletta, a mediawriter for the New Yorker, helped Farrow find a home for the reporting after he parted with NBC.

Farrow said he was scared at times, lost weight and was "sick to the stomach", but that was nothing compared to the "brave" women who were retraumatised when their allegations went public. Lauer, who was sacked, has denied allegations against him.

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