Ronan Farrow is at odds with NBC News over why the network did not break his explosive investigation on alleged sexual assault and harassment by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein that ran in The New Yorker. Weinstein faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse and harassment from some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Oppenheim said Farrow "greatly expended the scope" of the story and did "a ton more extraordinary work" once he took it to another venue.
And NBC is being criticized as one of those companies who caved to the pressure. However, one of those unnamed sources reportedly said the story brought to NBC was "nowhere close to what ultimately ran in the NY Times or the New Yorker".
The issue, she said, wasn't with Farrow's journalism, but with that of NBC: "It's really a question about NBC's courage".
But Farrow appeared to contradict that account when asked about it on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Tuesday.
The executive said Farrow asked if he could bring the story to a print outlet, presumably because sources might be more willing to cooperate if they did not have to go on camera. "Immediately, obviously, the New Yorker recognized that, and it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable".
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"I walked into the door at the New Yorker with an explosive reportable piece that should have been public earlier", Farrow replied. During Tuesday's MSNBC interview Farrow revealed that he too was "threatened with a lawsuit personally by Mr. Weinstein".
Two days ago, we learned that Lorne Michaels - the longtime mastermind behind NBC's Saturday Night Live - killed sketches dealing with the Weinstein story.
Trump, meanwhile, was furious with NBC on Wednesday for its story about the president's nuclear ambitions as reportedly stated in a national security meeting this summer.
"In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC", he added. Anonymous sources said the same to the Daily Beast. The New Yorker article was reported by NBC News contributor Ronan Farrow, and NBC had the story in hand as recently as August, including "damning audio" of Weinstein apparently confessing to groping Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez's breasts, HuffPost reports, but NBC had undisclosed "concerns related to the story's sourcing". His show got the axe, but he still has a non-exclusive deal with NBC News. But this summer, he received the blessing to take the story elsewhere.
So, given that at least two arms of the NBC machine have made a decision to ignore the Weinstein story it's worth asking: Is NBC afraid of the former movie mogul - as Farrow implies - or were they engaged in a pattern of protecting him until the story got to big?
Farrow's piece was originally targeted to air on NBC in February, just as Hollywood was gearing up for the Oscars, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.