The chairman of NBC News issued a rebuttal to allegations that the division killed the Harvey Weinstein story when it was assigned to then-NBC News employee Ronan Farrow. Farrow alleges in his upcoming book, “Catch and Kill,” that NBC stood in the way of his reporting the story, leading to his taking it instead to The New Yorker.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack sent a memo to staffers Wednesday about the Farrow book in which he tells a story that differs significantly from Farrow’s account, alleging that Farrow “uses a variety of tactics to paint a fundamentally untrue picture.”
“NBC News assigned the Harvey Weinstein story to Ronan, we completely supported it over many months with resources — both financial and editorial,” Lack writes in the memo. “After seven months, without one victim or witness on the record, [Farrow] simply didn’t have a story that met our standard for broadcast nor that of any major news organization.
“Not willing to accept that standard and not wanting to get beaten by the New York Times, he asked to take his story to an outlet he claimed was ready to publish right away. Reluctantly, we allowed him to go ahead.”
Lack adds in the memo: “Fifty-three days later, and five days after the New York Times did indeed break the story, [Farrow] published an article at the New Yorker that bore little resemblance to the reporting he had while at NBC News.”