Farrow had also arranged for eight interviews on camera with accusers while working on the report for NBC News, according to an industry insider that spoke to The Daily Beast. However, Rachel Maddow did interview Farrow and asked him why NBC killed the story. The New Yorker article was reported by NBC News contributor Ronan Farrow, and NBC had the story in hand as recently as August, including "damning audio" of Weinstein apparently confessing to groping Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez's breasts, HuffPost reports, but NBC had undisclosed "concerns related to the story's sourcing".
"You have to wonder if this had been a conservative, a big Republican fundraiser, whether NBC would have the hesitation", said Kurtz.
"I walked into the door at the New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public", Farrow told Maddow on MSNBC.
The Washington Post published the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape that included then-candidate President Donald Trump talking about grabbing women without their permission on October 8.
They spiked the story, which eventually ran on The New Yorker's website.
For the second time in a year, NBC is defending itself about why the company didn't publish an explosive, newsworthy tape. "Suffice to say, the stunning story, the incredible story that we all read yesterday, was not the story we were looking at when we made our judgment several months ago". "In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC". "And immediately, obviously, the New Yorker recognized that".
An unnamed source told Variety that Mr.
Oppenheim said the network "encouraged" Farrow to pursue the story.
"He greatly expanded the scope of his reporting", he said.
But NBC News executives have strenuously - and privately - pushed back on the narrative that they spiked the story. Executives have other things to focus on, including the ongoing launch of Megyn Kelly's 9 a.m. morning program, and an ongoing, scorched-earth battle with ABC News.
Oppenheim said that NBC didn't feel the story as presented by Farrow this summer had all the elements needed for airing.
Multiple sources told THR that Farrow's reporting was reviewed by NBC News' legal department and that Kim Harris, who as lead counsel for NBCUniversal reports to CEO Steve Burke, was also reviewing the material. He said the notion that NBC would try to cover for a powerful person was deeply offensive.
Farrow previously hosted a show on MSNBC that ended in 2015.