Ronan Farrow Strikes Again: A New Book Targets NBC News and How Harvey Weinstein May Have Leveraged Matt Lauer

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Something to remember is that when Farrow broke the Weinstein story, he was working for NBC. So a lot of us were asking at the time why was the story in The New Yorker and not on NBC. We all knew that Weinstein was involved in a lot of efforts to kill the story and this new book talks about them.
Here's the fascinating part. Apparently Weinstein knew what Matt Lauer was up to and was using that information as leverage.
Farrow lost a lot of credibility with that hit piece he worked on with Jane Mayer but this is still worth looking into.
 
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Oh look who else was running interference for Weinstein.
Weinstein also attempted to leverage his long-term relationship with Hillary Clinton to pressure Farrow, he writes. In summer 2017, while Farrow was trying to lock down an interview with Clinton for his foreign policy book — while also still working on the Weinstein story — he received a call from Clinton's publicist, Nick Merrill, who told him that the "big story" Farrow was working on was a "concern for us." Then, in September 2017, according to an email cited in the book, Weinstein wrote to Deborah Turness, the ex-president of NBC News who now runs NBC News International, to propose a docuseries on Clinton. "Your Hillary doc series sounds absolutely stunning," Turness responded.
I guess she's just in the habit of enabling sexual predators.
 
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Dayum..

Ronan Farrow’s new book “Catch and Kill” recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein; the hurdles his then-employer NBC News put in his way that caused him to publish the story in the New Yorker instead; and how Weinstein hired Black Cube, an investigative firm that employs ex-Mossad officers, to stop him.

But Farrow’s most explosive interview in the book is with Brooke Nevils, the former NBC News employee whose complaint about Matt Lauer led to the co-anchor’s firing from the “Today” show in 2017. At the time, NBC News kept Nevils’ identity anonymous from press reports at her request. The full details of her allegations have not been made public until now.

In the book, obtained by Variety, Nevils alleges that at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Lauer anally raped her in his hotel room.


Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time,” NBC News said in a statement. “That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our hearts break again for our colleague.” In an open letter provided to Variety by his lawyer, Lauer denies any wrongdoing. “In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault,” Lauer says. “It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.”

 

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Farrow is without a doubt the most talented, hard-working reporter of his generation, but the sheer arrogance and stupidity that was required to make all of this happen is truly hard to grasp. They were going to be found out. All of their conspiring and coverups, at the most, succeeded only in delaying the inevitable. Fraud and dishonesty on this scale always falls apart eventually. Idiots! And now they have taken down NBC News with them. No doubt the brand will go on, but the colorful turkey is tainted forever.
 
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