Ronan Farrow to Maddow: Ask NBC Execs Why They Passed on Weinstein Story
On Tuesday night, an interesting exchange took place between MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Ronan Farrow, who broke the latest bombshell on Harvey Weinstein.
Farrow, a contributing correspondent to NBC News, had his exposé published about Weinstein’s rape accusations at The New Yorker, which led to Maddow probing his decision to take it to them.
“Why did you end up reporting this story for The New Yorker and not NBC News?” Maddow asked.
“You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story,” Farrow responded. “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 this story and faced a great deal of pressure in doing so. And there are now reports emerging publicly about the kinds of pressure that news organizations face in this. And that is real.”
Farrow went on how he was “threatened” with a lawsuit by Weinstein.
Maddow told Farrow that NBC News had said that at the time, his story was not “publishable.” Farrow pushed back.
“I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosive reportable piece that should have been public earlier and immediately obviously The New Yorker recognized that and it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable,” Farrow said. “In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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