As everyone knows by now, NBC News gave up on the Harvey Weinstein serial sexual harassment story in August, allowing the New Yorker magazine — in an article written by former NBC News staffer Ronan Farrow — and the New York Times to break the story.
The network’s decision to pass on the story has led to intense criticism, as it seems that the news operation at NBC was simply unwilling to crack down on the powerful Hollywood mogul and Democratic donor. And its critics are no longer just at Fox News and other conservative news outlets — nor just in one country.
Police on both sides of the Atlantic are now investigating allegations of sexual assault involving Harvey Weinstein, as the scandal grows every day. In London, the Metropolitan Police are investigating him for alleged sexual assault in the 1980s, while New York police are reviewing claims made by victims interviewed in a New Yorker article.
Here’s Howie Carr’s take on NBC over at the Boston Herald:
NBC News has always had a soft spot for millionaire Democrats accused of rape. Almost 20 years ago, they had the first on-camera interview with Juanita Broaddrick, who credibly accused Bill Clinton of raping her, but that story was spiked on orders of … Brian Williams.
We already knew that Saturday Night Live’s producer Lorne Michaels last weekend gave a pass to his dear friend Weinstein. That’s how corrupt the entertainment side of NBC is. But now it turns out that Ronan Farrow begged NBC “News” to run his expose, which has since been printed by The New Yorker.
As bad as the Times story about Weinstein was, Farrow’s magazine piece was worse. Farrow had NYPD audio of Weinstein admitting to sexually assaulting a 21-year-old Italian model. And he had video of actress Rose McGowan accusing Harvey of raping her.
In fact, the Huffington Post reported, NBC ordered Ronan Farrow, who was then under contract, to stop reporting the story.
“NBC tried to put a stop to the interview with the woman accusing Weinstein of rape,” the website said. “The network insisted he not use an NBC News crew for the interview, and neither was he to mention his NBC News affiliation.”
Here’s one ex-Weinstein employee, Tina Brown, describing how Harvey always kept corrupt alt-left “journalists” from outing him: “It was startling — and professionally mortifying — to discover how many hacks … were on the Miramax payroll with a ‘consultancy’ or a ‘development deal’ (one even at The New York Times).”
Meanwhile, CNN reports on what’s happening behind the scenes at NBC:
There is frustration and embarrassment inside NBC News about missing out on the story.
The official explanation, from the news division’s president Noah Oppenheim, is that “we didn’t feel that we had all the elements that we needed to air it,” so Farrow “took it to The New Yorker and did a ton more extraordinary work.”
But some staffers aren’t buying that. And they’re wondering why Farrow’s taped interviews with accusers aren’t being broadcast now.
The question of how NBC could have let this scoop get away is big enough that it even came up on sister network MSNBC Tuesday night. Host Rachel Maddow asked Farrow, “Why did you end up reporting this story for The New Yorker and not for NBC News?”
“Look,” Farrow responded, “you would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story.”
Earlier in the interview, he had mentioned that he taped one of his on-camera interviews way back in January.
When Maddow said NBC had indicated his story was not “publishable, wasn’t ready to go,” by the summertime, Farrow said it was. He didn’t even try to hide his disappointment with NBC.
“I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier,” he said. “And immediately, obviously, The New Yorker recognized that, and it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable. In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”
Of course, Fox News and other conservative outlets has been all over it. Bill O’Reilly jumped on the controversy, too — and was promptly re-tweeted by Donald Trump:
A free press is vital to protecting all Americans. A corrupt press damages the Republic.
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) October 12, 2017
Sadly, they and others are Fake News, and the public is just beginning to figure it out! https://t.co/8B8AyA7V1s
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017
But perhaps Fox’s Tucker Carlson has been the most effective critic of NBC. Rarely does a popular pundit from a major news network go all out against another network with reckless abandon — but that’s precisely what Carlson is doing in light of the Weinstein scandal and cover up.
Carlson, doing what anchors rarely ever do, laid into NBC, effectively declaring war on them. And not only did he rip them good Thursday night, but he promised to do so again Friday night as well.
As The American Thinker reports:
I cannot ever remember one television news operation calling out its competition the way Tucker Carlson denounced NBC News last night on his 8 PM Eastern Fox News program. But these are far from ordinary times, and I am coming to appreciate that Tucker Carlson is far from an ordinary TV talking head.
I imagine that the top brass at NBC-Universal and parent Comcast are meeting with their lawyers today.
Tucker promises that tonight, Friday the 13th, there will be much more on NBC News. I will be watching.
Unfortunately, as Fox News pointed out last night, some broadcasters have an awfully cozy relationship with Hollywood, too: the aforementioned NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim has a parallel career as a Hollywood screenwriter.
Here’s Tucker’s take on the scandal, as of last night: