Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Ronan Farrow Expected to Discuss Harvey Weinstein Story on 'NBC Nightly News'

Ronan Farrow Expected to Discuss Harvey Weinstein Story on 'NBC Nightly News'

"An NBC source told 'The Daily Beast, ' quote, 'He brought NBC News early reporting on Weinstein that didn't meet the standard to go forward with the story".

On her MSNBC show Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow asked Farrow point-blank, "Why did you end up publishing this story for The New Yorker and not for NBC News?"

But then, he added, "I will say that over many years, many news organizations have circled this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so", commenting by implication. Farrow had the audio recording of Weinstein, for instance, while reporting the story for NBC. 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. In at least one instance, Farrow mentioned that he had already done on-camera interviews for his expose.

Here's that 30 Rock clip where Jane Krakowski jokes that she turned down sex with Harvey Weinstein 3 out of 5 times. Farrow wound up taking the story to the New Yorker magazine, which published it on Tuesday, elicting a wave of outrage and shock. Sources told HuffPost that NBC had concerns related to the story's sourcing and cleared Farrow to take it to The New Yorker. "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".

Farrow's New Yorker piece includes harrowing descriptions of Weinstein's behavior from women including Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino.

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.

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Farrow is the son of actress Mia Farrow.

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

The executive said Farrow asked if he could bring the story to a print outlet, presumably because sources might be more willing to cooperate if they did not have to go on camera. The piece included "extensive, on-the-record interviews and a damning audiotape of Weinstein", Fox News reported.

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

"I'm not going to comment on any news organization about any story that they did or didn't run", Farrow told Maddow.

The Apprentice, formerly hosted by Trump, is also aired by NBC. "We supported him and gave him resources to report that story over many, many months. We are proud of that", Oppenheim said.

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