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Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
NBC News' many problems aren't just a coincidence -- they're symptoms
Matt Lauer, Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Joy Reid, Ronan Farrow, Hugh Hewitt -- and even the Megyn Kelly debacle -- are all symptoms of a larger problem. As Margaret Sullivan put it, "the network’s credibility is on the line. To critics it would seem that network leadership isn’t taking that seriously enough, believing perhaps that the public is mostly unaware, and that advertisers don’t mind. But a news organization’s reputation builds — or fades — over time. Does NBC really want to be seen as a place where stars are protected too vigorously, and where ratings and profits reign supreme? Given NBC’s prominence, its foibles hurt not only the network itself, its own journalists, and its viewers. Such self-sabotage also hurts American journalism overall at a time when there are more than enough external enemies waiting to pounce."
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 7:13PM EDT
Ronan Farrow is coming out with a new book that may reveal why NBC News didn't run his Harvey Weinstein story
NBC News rejected Farrow's work that ended up winning him a Pulitzer Prize for The New Yorker. According to CNN, Farrow signed a book deal on Friday to write Catch and Kill, a book about his reporting on Weinstein, which should delve into why NBC News didn't want his story.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Ronan Farrow alludes to NBC News rejection of his Harvey Weinstein story: "There will be more to say"
“The question of the complicity of the media and the role the media played in keeping this quiet for as long as it was quiet, are important ones," Farrow, who took his Pulitzer Prize-wining NBC News Weinstein investigation to The New Yorker, told the Recode Decode podcast. "I think there will be more to say about that as time goes on and various investigations into this unfold.”
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
New York Times and New Yorker win a Pulitzer for their reporting that kicked off the #MeToo movement
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The Times are sharing Pulitzer Prize for public service with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker for exposing Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal. The Pulitzer board stated its award is "for explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women." ALSO: Fox News boasts: "NBC humiliated when Ronan Farrow wins Pulitzer for Weinstein expose after Peacock passed."
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Is Ronan Farrow banned from NBC and MSNBC?
Page Six reports the former MSNBC/NBC News correspondent was booked to talk about his New Yorker article about President Trump's alleged affair with Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show on Friday night, but he was bumped from the broadcast. NBC News insiders say he was bumped due to the Russia indictment news. Meanwhile, Maddow had tweeted that the Russia indictment news squashed her plans to take Friday off.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
It’s official: Ronan Farrow inks a deal with HBO
Farrow is moving from MSNBC/NBC News to HBO following his blockbuster Harvey Weinstein story. Farrow's three-year HBO deal will have him developing and starring in a series of investigative documentary specials for the network.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
Ronan Farrow may get an HBO investigative documentary series
Farrow, whose reporting for The New Yorker helped expose the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations, is closing in on “a multiyear HBO deal that will include an investigative documentary component,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 11:19PM EST
Two female reporters broke the Harvey Weinstein story, yet they never got to visit Stephen Colbert like Ronan Farrow
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times first reported the bombshell sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein on Oct. 5. Farrow followed up with his own story in The New Yorker five days later. Yet it is Farrow who has been receiving the bulk of the attention as “the man who took down Weinstein,” including a visit to The Late Show. “Farrow’s work has, of course, been excellent. But so has Kantor and Twohey’s,” says Emily Stewart. “Where are their profiles, or their TV appearances?“ She adds: “That a woman’s role in a major event, place, or time would be diminished is not a new phenomenon.”
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 5:37AM EST
NBC seems plagued with problems, especially when it comes to sexual harassment
Matt Lauer, Donald Trump and Mark Halperin all share two things in common: NBC as a former employer and accusations of sexual harassment. Then there is NBC News’ questionable decision to spike Ronan Farrow’s bombshell Harvey Weinstein story. “Here,” says Ben Mathis-Lilly, “we have a network and its news operation that could have changed the course of two of the biggest stories of the past two years: Trump and sexual assault. Instead it suppressed news in a way that helped bad actors keep or obtain power. And I haven’t even mentioned that its most famous anchor never came fully clean about having made up a war story. What is NBC doing?”
Posted Monday 11/27/17 at 8:49AM EST
Ronan Farrow posts a photo from his unaired NBC News interview with Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan
In an Instagram post that Fox News considers trolling of NBC News, Farrow wrote: “Thankful for the women and men who have come forward with painful stories and helped to chip away at a culture of silence. When I sat down for this interview almost a year ago, the world was a different place.”
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 5:41PM EST
Family Guy featured a Ronan Farrow-Woody Allen joke on last night’s episode
The timing of the joke seems a bit misguided given Farrow’s involvement in exposing Hollywood’s current sexual misconduct scandal.
Posted Saturday 11/04/17 at 1:58AM EDT
After Stephen Colbert presses him, Ronan Farrow takes a subtle swipe at NBC News for not going with his Harvey Weinstein story
“He’s a tough interviewer,” The Late Show guest joked as Colbert kept asking Farrow to talk about the NBC News controversy revolving around his bombshell Weinstein story. Farrow responded: “Here’s what I would say on that; it’s very clear when you look at this story and how long it stayed quiet that it is of the utmost importance that any news organization that has damning evidence of ongoing criminal activity needs to run that, needs to investigate it and interrogate it and run it. And that’s what I’ll say about that.”
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 1:40PM EDT
Ronan Farrow is reportedly being pursued by ABC, CNN and CBS following his Harvey Weinstein bombshell
Farrow, who works freelance for MSNBC and NBC News, is unlikely to return to NBC when his deal is up after they let his Weinstein story slip away, according to Page Six, which adds: “TV news insiders say that ABC, CNN and CBS are now aggressively pursuing Farrow.”
Posted Thursday 10/12/17 at 4:30PM EDT
Ronan Farrow is set to host a British late-night satire show from The Daily Show co-creator
Fresh off his Harvey Weinstein scoop, Farrow is joining Daily Show co-creator Madeleine Smithberg in collaborating on a Channel 4 show that Variety says is “billed as a deliberately satirical take on the U.K. as seen through the eyes of America.”
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 11:15PM EDT
Report: NBC execs quashed Ronan Farrow’s bombshell Harvey Weinstein story
The Huffington Post reports there was a “months-long struggle” inside NBC News in which executives “slow-walked Farrow’s story, crippling it with their qualms and irresolution” — even saying it required the approval of NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke, which was highly unusual. “By April, NBC News had two big scoops in its pocket: an on-record interview with (Rose) McGowan and the explosive audio of Weinstein admitting to sexual assault,” according to The Huffington Post. “But Farrow was told by multiple NBC News executives and producers that the reporting and interviews he had conducted weren’t sufficient for a televised story. According to four sources, Farrow and (NBC News investigative producer Rich) McHugh also prepared a lengthy text story to run on the NBC News website, but Farrow was told it wouldn’t run.” The Huffington Post also points out that NBC Nightly News ignored the story last Thursday, unlike its rivals, and it was given scant coverage the next morning on Today (while GMA and CBS This Morning covered the story extensively). That’s in addition to SNL completely ignoring the scandal, which Lorne Michaels said “was a New York thing.”