Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

NBC Refused to Report Weinstein Story

NBC Refused to Report Weinstein Story

"I don't want to describe any suits levelled at other organizations that I work with, but, you know, certainly this is a considerable amount of pressure that outlets get as well". "I will say that, over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so". The Times reported that McGowan received $100,000 in 1997, when she was 23, stemming from "an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival". But in the end, NBC was unsatisfied with the material and interviews procured by Farrow and McHugh.

Weinstein has a phalanx of high-priced lawyers. Speaking to a videographer for The Daily Mail who noted that the show had made no mention of Mr. Weinstein, Mr. Michaels said, "It's a NY thing". "That is real. And in the course of this reporting, I was threatened with a lawsuit personally by Mr. Weinstein". Sources told HuffPost that NBC had concerns related to the story's sourcing and cleared Farrow to take it to The New Yorker.

An NBC News spokesperson did not comment Wednesday on Farrow's remarks during Maddow's show.

Asked why he filed the story with The New Yorker instead of NBC on Tuesday's The Rachel Maddow Show, Farrow sidestepped the question.

The Daily Beast noted that, internally at NBC, there is a dispute over how many sources Farrow had on the record when he walked out of the door, a sentiment echoed by sources speaking to BuzzFeed News. "Immediately the New Yorker recognized that and it was not accurate to say that it was not reportable".


Early in his investigation, Farrow told multiple people he was working on the story for NBC. "We supported him and gave him resources to report that story over many, many months", Oppenheim boasted.

He said the network had decided over the summer to pass on the story, because "we didn't feel that we had all the elements that we needed to air it".

Yet when Maddow mentioned NBC's belief that the story wasn't "publishable", Farrow fought back. 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.

NBC, however, said Farrow's story was simply nowhere near as complete as the finished product The New Yorker ended up with, claiming Farrow didn't have accusers willing to go on the record.

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

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