NBC News Chiefs Under Fire as Ronan Farrow Book Dishes Weinstein Dirt

Variety | 10/10/2017 | Cynthia Littleton
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The long-awaited publication of Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators” has unleashed a furor within NBC News.

“Catch and Kill,” set for release Oct. 15, portrays NBC News and its leaders as compromised while Farrow pursued the story of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein — because of the division’s own history of misconduct claims and settlements.

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The accusations against now-disgraced former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer were so potent that Weinstein sought to use them as leverage to pressure NBC News to kill Farrow’s investigation of him, according to “Catch and Kill.”

NBC News has vehemently denied many of Farrow’s assertions. The reporter parted ways with NBC News over the Weinstein story in mid-August 2017, when he relocated his reporting to The New Yorker, which published his first Weinstein exposé on Oct. 10, 2017.

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On Oct. 14, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim issued a detailed memo offering the division’s rebuttal to central claims in Farrow’s book. “Farrow’s effort to defame NBC News is clearly motivated not by a pursuit of truth, but an axe to grind,” Oppenheim wrote. “It is built on a series of distortions, confused timelines and outright inaccuracies.”

The facts around the state of Farrow’s reporting and his interactions with Oppenheim and others are in dispute. But there is no doubting the damage that Farrow’s account has done to the credibility of Oppenheim and his boss, NBC News and MSNBC chairman Andy Lack. NBC News insiders are still questioning the wisdom of letting Farrow leave the network with months of reporting on a story that would earn him a Pulitzer Prize.

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“How do you lead a [news] organization after something like this?” says a longtime NBC News staffer. Even if others at NBC News corroborate the company’s assertion that Farrow’s story was not ready for...
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