NBC Let Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Scoop Slip Away

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"You just said that one of these women spoke on camera back in January", MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said in an interview with Farrow Tuesday. Those sources also said NBC cleared Farrow to take the story to the New Yorker. Speaking to a videographer for The Daily Mail who noted that the show had made no mention of Mr. Weinstein, Mr. Michaels said, "It's a NY thing". Many news organizations that cover Hollywood have faced questions about why it took so long to report on conduct that had allegedly been occurring over many years. "That it wasn't ready to go by the time that you brought it to them, but obviously it was ready to go by the time you got it into the New Yorker".

But after sitting for the interview, her lawyer contacted Farrow and NBC to revoke consent because it could put her in legal jeopardy given the terms of her settlement agreement, sources with knowledge of the situation tell THR. Weinstein personally threatened to sue him while he was working on the report, Farrow said, adding that his story was clearly "reportable" when NBC had it.

David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, told the Washington Post that Farrow "had a lot of material" when he approached the magazine about publishing the Weinstein story, and defended the journalist as "an honest person who has worked extremely hard".

"I walked into the door at the New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier" Mr. "In fact, there were multiple determinations at NBC that it was reportable". His show got the axe, but he still has a non-exclusive deal with NBC News. Multiple sources say that Farrow had convinced several victims, majority former employees, to tell their stories. "I'm not going to comment on any news organization's story that they did or didn't run". Portions of the audio - which stemmed from the investigation into charges made by model and actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez - was released with The New Yorker story and has been played incessantly as major media outlets have picked up Farrow's reporting.

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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?

NBC, however, said Farrow's story was simply nowhere near as complete as the finished product The New Yorker ended up with, claiming Farrow didn't have accusers willing to go on the record.

Kurtz thought Farrow had a "well-documented story" yesterday, and it was odd NBC chose to not even run the disturbing comments Weinstein made on audio tape.

The source continued: "The story he published is radically different that what he brought to NBC News".

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