TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: For years, Harvey Weinstein’s conduct was an open secret in the movie business. The public might have been oblivious, but people who knew and worked around Weinstein knew he was a creep and a predator. It was glaringly obvious. Some of them were brave enough to joke about it at awards shows:
MACFARLANE: Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.
So, when Ronan Farrow began an investigation into Weinstein’s behavior, it didn’t take long to unearth a motherload of evidence that the famed movie producer was in fact a monster. It was a remarkable scoop, the kind reporters dream about. Farrow and his producer took their story to NBC executives. Instead of congratulating them, the network killed the investigation. Farrow, who later wrote a book about the experience, explained it this way:
FARROW: Look, we had a story that journalists looked at and said this should get on air immediately. We had a recorded admission of guilt from Harvey Weinstein secured during a police sting operation...
This was a case where a news organization didn't behave journalistically. They ordered us to stop, to not take so much as a call, and to cancel interviews, in some cases, with alleged rape victims. This book explains why.
Farrow’s book on is the bestseller list tonight. NBC, meanwhile, hasn’t budged. It’s executives still claim they did nothing wrong. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack called Farrow’s book “fundamentally untrue.” News division president Noah Oppenheim called it a “conspiracy theory.”
Who to believe? Maybe the most powerful corroborating witness has received relatively little attention so far. Rich McHugh was a reporter in the investigative unit at NBC News, and Ronan Farrow’s producer. McHugh spent eight months working with Farrow, reporting out the Weinstein investigation. Ten days ago, he published a story in Vanity Fair about it. McHugh’s piece amounts to one of the most devastating accounts of malfeasance by a television network ever published. Get yourself a copy of the story. It’s jaw-dropping. Andy Lack and Noah Oppenheim, he writes, “not only personally intervened to shut down our investigation of Weinstein, they even refused to allow me to follow up on our work after Weinstein’s history of sexual assault became front-page news. As the record shows, they behaved more like members of Weinstein’s PR team than the journalists they claim to be.” End quote.
As McHugh’s account shows, that’s hardly an overstatement. The story is crammed with damming detail. The cumulative effect is so overwhelming, and so clearly true, that NBC hasn’t even really responded to it. They’ve ignored McHugh’s story, in the hope it will go away. In fact just today the Wall Street Journal reported that NBC has, remarkably, renewed Noah Oppenheim’s contract. It’s expected that he will take control of the entire company soon.