MSNBC host Rachel Maddow hung her own network out to dry after learning they passed on publishing a news story about rape allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.
Maddow spoke Tuesday with Ronan Farrow, a freelance NBC contributor who pitched the story to NBC News months ago but ended up covering it for The New Yorker after the network brass passed on it.
Maddow asked Farrow why he didn’t report the story for NBC, where Farrow had worked as a host and commentator for years.
Farrow’s answer was very telling, and suggested NBC News wasn’t willing to report a bombshell story because they didn’t want to deal with the legal headaches.
“You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story,” Farrow told Maddow. “I’m not going to comment on any news organization’s story that they did or didn’t run. I will say that over many years many news organizations have circled around this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so, and there are now reports emerging publicly about the kinds of pressure news organizations faced in this, and that is real.”
“In the course of this reporting, I was threatened with a lawsuit personally by Mr. Weinstein, and we’ve already seen that The Times has been publicly threatened with a suit,” he added. “I don’t want to describe any suits leveled at other news organizations that I work with, but certainly, this is a considerable amount of pressure that outlets get as well.”
Maddow then asked about NBC’s claim that the story was not publishable at the time that Farrow pitched it, but Farrow noted that The New Yorker saw the story very differently.
“I walked into The New Yorker with an explosively promotable piece that should have been public earlier, and immediately, obviously, The New Yorker recognized that, and it’s not accurate to say that it was not reportable,” Farrow said. “In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”
So not only did NBC News refuse to cover a story that could have potentially stopped an accused sexual predator much earlier, they weren’t exactly truthful in their explanation for why they didn’t cover it.
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— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 11, 2017
The story Farrow ended up writing for The New Yorker included a damning audio recording obtained by one of Weinstein’s alleged victims who wore a wire a day after the producer allegedly groped her to get him to admit it on tape.
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) October 10, 2017
The recording was reportedly part of an NYPD investigation that was later squashed by the Manhattan District Attorney, who received over $180,000 from Weinstein’s lawyer and his partners.
That’s the same DA who overruled his prosecutors to drop a years-long investigation into Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. after meeting with Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, who donated and raised tens of thousands for his campaign.
Three women accused Weinstein of raping them in The New Yorker article, including actresses Asia Argento and Lucia Evans.
The story comes on the heels of a New York Times expose revealing decades of sexual harassment accusations against Weinstein.
On Tuesday, The Times also published claims from actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow that Weinstein harassed them when they were just coming up in Hollywood.