Why Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein Bombshell Did Not Run on NBC


Ronan Farrow in Ukrain in 2012

Farrow, who has a non-exclusive arrangement with NBC News, wrote the results of his 10-month probe into Weinstein's behavior for the New Yorker because the network did not believe it met the reporting standard necessary to put it on the air. "These are women coming forward with a very, very hard set of stories and I really want the focus to be on them and what they did and continuing their fight".

During an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday night Farrow told Rachel Maddow that his story was "reportable" when he presented it to NBC, where he works as a contributor. "And it is not accurate to say it was not reportable and there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC". "Why did you end up reporting this story for The New Yorker and not for NBC News?"

Additionally, Farrow and his NBC News producers have had an audio recording of a 2015 sting conducted by the NYPD Special Victims Division since July, said multiple sources. "We launched [Farrow] on that story, we encouraged him to report that story", he said.

It was never determined how the Post got the explosive tape from the show, which is produced by NBC.

Taken on its own, you'd probably just assume that this was a bad decision on the part of NBC News, or that Farrow's story wasn't in good enough shape to run.

Variety reported Farrow had been looking into allegations for Weinstein for ten months.

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Although Farrow's background and connections to Hollywood figures may have been an advantage in reporting the story, some NBC News executives were concerned about his personal involvement in another story involving sexual misconduct by a Hollywood figure - namely, Woody Allen.

"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", Farrow said. "It was assigned at NBC, they've talked about how long it was there and the fact that there was a lot while it was there".

What's more, there was some concern within NBC News about whether Farrow's involvement in the story created a conflict of interest. His reason? "It's a NY thing". "I will say that over many years, many news organizations circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so".

Maddow had said to Farrow: "NBC says that the story wasn't publishable, that it wasn't ready to go at the time that you brought it to them".

Weinstein has denied many - though not all - of the allegations, including all accusations of sexual assault.

Last year, NBC came in for criticism for withholding the Trump "Access Hollywood" tape until after The Post broke the story. Multiple sources say that Farrow had convinced several victims, a lot of them former employees, to tell their stories.

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