NBC News is under fire inside and outside of 30 Rock for passing on the story that has turned Hollywood on its head – movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of preying on women seeking to break into the movie business.
The Peacock’s attempts to explain why former MSNBC host Ronan Farrow’s expose on Weinstein never made it on the air, despite extensive, on-the-record interviews and a damning audiotape of Weinstein himself, have fallen flat as the story has exploded.
“Who at NBC News passed on this story?” asked Mediaite columnist and Managing Editor Colby Hall. “Why would they choose not to cover such an enormous and important story? And was there some sort of mandate from above?”
Farrow, who had his show canceled in 2015 and now has a non-exclusive relationship with NBC, was told months before publication his Weinstein scoop didn’t meet NBC’s standards. An NBC insider said Farrow’s story didn’t have a specific accuser willing to go on the record at the time.