The Daily Beast's bombshell on NBC News' alleged internal efforts to kill Ronan Farrow's expose on Harvey Weinstein is "only the beginning" of their reporting on the network's misconduct problems, a source told Mediaite. The company says when it told Farrow the story wasn't ready for air, he took the report elsewhere.
According to a Thursday New York Times report, McHugh said that executives at NBC tried to quash the story many times, raising suspicions that they were in contact with Weinstein and working on his behalf.
"Three days before Ronan and I were going to head to L.A.to interview a woman with a credible rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein, I was ordered to stop, not to interview this woman", McHugh, who left NBC Aug. 17, said.
To the Times, McHugh described an instance in which an unnamed NBC executive attempted to block his and Farrow's work on Weinstein.
Oppenheim, however, has yet to explain why audio tape of Weinstein (a big-time Democrat player and Clinton supporter, and the most powerful man in Hollywood at the time) admitting to groping women was not in and of itself a legitimate story.
"We repeatedly made clear to Ronan and Rich McHugh the standard for publication is we needed at least one credible on-the-record victim or witness of misconduct", Oppenheim said.
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From there, Farrow's story helped bring down Weinstein and his media empire, winning a Pulitzer Prize and leaving many with questions about how NBC could have let such a sensational scoop slip away.
Farrow praised McHugh in a statement for the NY Times. "And we granted him permission to do so".
As for the claim that Farrow's interview in California was killed, Oppenheim said that decision was made after Farrow had already indicated that he would take the story to a magazine. HuffPost reported previous year that Oppenheim told Farrow that Weinstein's lawyers claimed Farrow had a conflict of interest because Weinstein had worked with Farrow's estranged father, Woody Allen. "Not one of these seven women was included in the reporting Farrow presented while at NBC News".
The president of NBC News, Noah Oppenheim, denied McHugh's accusation.
Sources told The Daily Beast that Farrow suspected that Oppenheim, who is also a screewriter and TV producer, was communicating with Weinstein about Farrow's investigation.
A review of the NBC News masthead confirms that letting the story of the year go to a competitor has had no consequences for top NBC management. "We were told to put the story on the back burner". Weinstein, through a spokesperson, has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.