- Rachel Maddow criticized MSNBC parent company NBC News for their handling of Ronan Farrow’s exposé on Harvey Weinstein.
- In his new book, Farrow alleges that higher-ups at NBC tried to stop his story from coming to air, so he was forced to take it to the New Yorker. He went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Weinstein story.
- Maddow said the allegations in Farrow’s book, that NBC executives may have tried to protect Weinstein, is “very, very hard to stomach.”
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Rachel Maddow has spoken out against MSNBC’s parent company, NBC News, for their handling of Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein exposé.
On “The Rachel Maddow Show” Friday night, Maddow described the allegations that recently came to light in Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill.”
“Catch and Kill” details how Farrow reported his story on movie producer Harvey Weinstein, which detailed accounts of multiple victims who said they had been preyed upon by the movie producer in casting couch sessions – ranging from sexual harassment to rape.
In his new book, Farrow said that he was forced to take the story to the New Yorker after NBC editors slowed his reporting, and eventually fired him from the network. He also said that while he was reporting on the story at NBC, Weinstein tried to get the story killed by revealing what he knew about then-“Today” co-host Matt Lauer, who was fired from the network after a former network staffer accused him of rape, just a few weeks after the story revealing allegations against Weinstein broke.
NBC has denied the allegation that they hampered Farrow’s reporting, saying in a statement that the story simply wasn’t up to the network’s standards when he showed it to them, despite the fact that the story was published in the New Yorker, which has one of the most stringent fact-checking processes, just two months after he left NBC.
Maddow said that the “accusations that people in positions of authority in this building may have been complicit in shielding those guys from accountability” is “very, very hard to stomach.”
“The amount of consternation this has caused amongst the rank and file people who work here would be almost impossible for me to overstate,” Maddow added.
Maddow went on to explain how she’s been demanding answers from the network over their handling of these issues. And she broke some news Friday night when she revealed that NBC News would be allowing anyone who allegedly complained about sexual harassment issues at the network to speak freely.
“NBC News is now telling us on the record that there is nothing in any non-disparagement or nondisclosure agreement that anyone may have signed with this company that can legally prevent you from talking about your experience,” Maddow said.
Maddow’s comments come after fellow MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes also spoke out against the network.
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