NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack fired back Wednesday towards journalist Ronan Farrow’s explosive claims that the community squelched his probe into Harvey Weinstein.
“It disappoints me to say that even with passage of time, Farrow’s account has change into neither extra correct, nor extra respectful of the devoted colleagues he labored with right here at NBC News. He makes use of a wide range of techniques to color a basically unfaithful image,’’ Lack seethed in a memo despatched to staffers.
“Here are the important and indeniable details,’’ Lack wrote.
“NBC News assigned the Harvey Weinstein story to Ronan, we fully supported it over many months with sources — each monetary and editorial.
“After seven months, with out one sufferer or witness on the document, [Farrow] merely didn’t have a narrative that met our commonplace for broadcast nor that of any main information group.
“Not keen to simply accept that commonplace and never eager to get crushed by the New York Times, he requested to take his story to an outlet he claimed was able to publish instantly. Reluctantly, we allowed him to go forward,’’ Lack wrote.
“Fifty-three days later, and five days after the New York Times did indeed break the story, [Farrow] published an article at the New Yorker that bore little resemblance to the reporting he had while at NBC News.”
Lack was responding to excerpts of Farrow’s new tome, “Catch and Kill,’’ that surfaced on The Hollywood Reporter’s web site Wednesday.
Farrow wrote within the ebook that Weinstein fought to kill the exposé he was engaged on for NBC concerning the slew of sexual-assault allegations towards the film mogul. Farrow mentioned Weinstein had threatened to publicize alleged misdeeds by the community’s then-star, Matt Lauer, if higher-ups didn’t kill the story.
Farrow’s new tome particulars allegations of rape towards Lauer by former NBC producer Brooke Nevils.
Farrow mentioned that in a single telephone name to Lack, Weinstein shrugged off the abuse claims towards him.
“It was the ’90s. You know? Did I go out with an assistant or two that I shouldn’t have, did I sleep with one or two of them, sure. We all did that,” Weinstein allegedly instructed the NBC chief.
Lack allegedly responded, “Harvey, say no more. We’ll look into it.”
Farrow added of Lack and different NBC honchos, “I think what is inappropriate is the way in which they continued to take those calls and … to engage with him in a warm and friendly way that was then concealed as they killed the story.”
Weinstein would go on to be accused of sexual misconduct, together with rape, by dozens of ladies and at the moment faces prison fees in a number of instances.