Last night, NBC News said it "is an outright lie" that it tried to quash Ronan Farrow's investigation into sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. McHugh said the order came from "the very high levels of NBC", but he did not specify which executives he meant.
He continued, "at a critical juncture in our reporting on Harvey Weinstein, 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".
Losing the Weinstein story did result in a 12-page internal report, which NBC provided to The New York Times, the paper reported Thursday. Farrow within the destroy left NBC News and printed the fable in The New Yorker in October.
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NBC tried to position a finish to Ronan Farrow's investigation into producer Harvey Weinstein per a aged producer at the community's news investigation unit.
NBC News rejected McHugh's claims in a statement to the Times, arguing that Farrow and McHugh's story was not reportable at the time that Farrow made a decision to leave the network. "And now you have Farrow's investigative producer, who just left NBC saying this was a "massive breach of journalistic integrity" by NBC, that NBC was never enthusiastic about this story".
In a statement to CNN, McHugh said he is speaking out now because he disagrees with NBC's leadership. "I knew that Weinstein was calling NBC executives directly", he added. Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, advised the Times: "He turned into never advised to total within the vogue [McHugh is] implying". "One time it even happened when we were in the room".
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While Farrow has publicly discussed NBC's refusal to run the story, the Daily Beast "has uncovered new details of how the process went awry, including alleged threats from NBC, back-biting inside the network about who was truly responsible, and a previously unreported ultimatum by Weinstein's attorneys". NBC has maintained throughout that the story was thinly sourced and not ready for airing. "Rich is a fantastic producer and journalist".
"I walked into the door at the New Yorker with an explosive reportable piece that should have been public earlier", he told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow at the time.
Farrow did not respond to a request for comment.
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Auletta, a mediawriter for the New Yorker, helped Farrow find a home for the reporting after he parted with NBC. "We immediately were clear with Weinstein's legal team that we disputed the characterizations", the NBC spokesperson told The Daily Beast. Lauer, who was sacked, has denied allegations against him.