NBC News Rebukes Ronan Farrow: ‘We Have No Secrets’

Variety | 10/14/2019 | Brian Steinberg
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The battle for facts between Ronan Farrow and NBC News continues.

The president of NBC News pushed back on some of the explosive claims made by Farrow Monday, calling into question an allegation that the NBCUniversal news outlet knew about sexual misconduct by former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer before he was fired in 2017 – and that Lauer’s conduct was used as a way to squelch Farrow’s reporting on similar allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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“Farrow alleges there were employees who reported Lauer’s behavior prior to November of 2017 and were paid settlements to silence them,” said Noah Oppenheim, NBC News’ president, in a memo to staff. ” Not only is this false, the so-called evidence Farrow uses in his book to support the charge collapses under the slightest scrutiny.”

“We have no secrets and nothing to hide,” he added.

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Farrow and NBC News have been locked in a seismic battle of journalistic claims. He maintains in his book that NBC News sought to obstruct and contain his quest to report on a spate of clams of sexual harassment by Weinstein. NBC News has for months maintained it allocated many resources to his efforts, including multiple producers, but could not approve the airing of the report without having an accuser going on the record with claims on camera.

Farrow left NBC News with his reporting and was able to turn it into an explosive article that appeared in The New Yorker. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for public-service reporting with The New York Times, which also posted an investigation into allegations made against Weinstein.

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NBC News released the retort – a pages-long memo filled with rebuttals to individual assertions made in Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill” – while the celebrated journalist was making a TV appearance on “CBS This Morning.” Confronted with some of the...
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