Ronan Farrow’s Former Producer Accuses NBC of Attempting to Block Weinstein Story

Brenda Watkins
September 4, 2018

"At a critical juncture in our reporting on Harvey Weinstein", recounts McHugh, according to CNN, "as we were about to interview a woman with a credible allegation of rape against him, I was told not to do the interview and ordered to stand down, thus effectively killing the story".

Speaking to The New York Times, McHugh claimed that "the very highest levels of NBC" tried to stop Farrow from covering the Weinstein story at all. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

NBC said it was an "outright lie" that it tried to kill the Weinstein story while Farrow was working on it. Farrow then took the story to The New Yorker magazine, where it won the Pulitzer Price for public service and led to criminal charges against Weinstein.

A former NBC producer has accused NBC of attempting to shut down Ronan Farrow's investigation into Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct, claiming that the studio bowed to pressure from Weinstein affiliates.

McHugh has since left his job as a producer at NBC News.

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McHugh said that when he and Farrow were headed to Los Angeles to tape an interview with a victim of Weinstein, he was told by executives to cancel the trip.

McHugh's scathing criticism comes amid a report Thursday that NBC's general counsel threatened Farrow over the Weinstein story. Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, advised the Times: "He turned into never advised to total within the vogue [McHugh is] implying". "She'd never say Harvey Weinstein's name on camera with us".

NBC said that in August 2017, after eight months of reporting efforts "Farrow believed his reporting was ready for air" but that the network disagreed because "he did not yet have a single victim of - or witness to - misconduct by Weinstein who was willing to be identified". Besides, this wouldn't be the first time that the Powers That Be at NBC News ignored or squashed reports of abusive, powerful men. Right now it's the word of Farrow and his producing partner, Rich McHugh, versus NBC executives. "One time it even happened when we were in the room". NBC has pushed back hard against McHugh's claims, while Farrow has offered only praise for the producer.

In each of these instances, rather than bring in outside investigators to fully vet the scandal (as Fox News has done), NBC News chose to investigate NBC News, and each and every time NBC News was able to report that it found no wrongdoing at NBC News. "We talked about: 'You've asked for permission to depart in other locations". Lauer, who was sacked, has denied allegations against him.

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