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Thursday, October 12, 2017

NBC News shows its double standards

Rowan Farrow had a blockbuster story. A Hollywood producer famed for bringing home Oscars for women was also a sexual pervert who demanded women sleep with him to get plum roles.

NBC spiked the story. It needed more sourcing.

But NBC did not hesitate to report "Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military" -- even though no one went on the record.

After the New York Times broke the Harvey Weinstein story, New Yorker published Ronan Farrow's story that NBC spiked.

Farrow's story was far superior.
Last week, the New York Times, in a powerful report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, revealed multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein, a story that led to the resignation of four members of his company’s all-male board, and to Weinstein’s firing from the company.
The story, however, is more complex, and there is more to know and to understand. In the course of a ten-month investigation, I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times’ revelations, and also include far more serious claims.
Three women — among them Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.
Sixteen former and current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies told me that they witnessed or had knowledge of unwanted sexual advances and touching at events associated with Weinstein’s films and in the workplace. They and others describe a pattern of professional meetings that were little more than thin pretexts for sexual advances on young actresses and models. All sixteen said that the behavior was widely known within both Miramax and the Weinstein Company. Messages sent by Irwin Reiter, a senior company executive, to Emily Nestor, one of the women who alleged that she was harassed at the company, described the “mistreatment of women” as a serial problem that the Weinstein Company was struggling with in recent years. Other employees described what was, in essence, a culture of complicity at Weinstein’s places of business, with numerous people throughout the companies fully aware of his behavior but either abetting it or looking the other way. Some employees said that they were enlisted in subterfuge to make the victims feel safe. A female executive with the company described how Weinstein assistants and others served as a “honeypot” — they would initially join a meeting, but then Weinstein would dismiss them, leaving him alone with the woman.
There is go-to-jail stuff in that story.

But NBC fears Weinstein.

Not the president.

NBC went with a bull crap story about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "calling" President Trump a moron, and another nonsense story about the president calling for more nukes.

Not one person went on the record for those stories.

HuffPost nailed NBC on the spiked Weinstein story:
At an NBC News town hall Wednesday, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said: “The notion that we would try to cover for a powerful person is deeply offensive to all of us. We were on that long list of places that chased this thing, tried to nail it, but weren’t ultimately the ones who broke it.” 
Then he struck a rueful tone, suggesting that the NBC iteration of the story had died of natural causes. “We reached a point over the summer where we, as an organization, didn’t feel that we had all the elements that we needed to air,” he said.
Yet interviews with 12 people inside and outside NBC News with direct knowledge of the reporting behind Farrow’s story suggest a different cause of death. All of the sources who spoke to HuffPost asked not to be named, either because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media about the story or because they were fearful of retribution from NBC News executives. These sources detailed a months-long struggle within NBC News during which Oppenheim and other executives slow-walked Farrow’s story, crippling it with their qualms and irresolution.
Farrow has gone on the record -- on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show -- to say his story was spiked.

And readers can see his work and decide for themselves.

Farrow may turn out to be the next Peter Jennings. ABC threw Jennings into the anchor chair decades before he was ready. He crashed and burned.

Jennings then went out, learned the craft, and became the best reporter on ABC and later earned that anchor job.

We shall see what happens to Farrow. A change of networks is in order. Fox News? He may be lefty but this story is good.


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  1. I wonder if some of these lefty rags need to bolster readership since the Trump Russia! story is such a bust. A juicy pot-stirrer about an ugly fat pervert that was an open secret in all entertainment circles whose golden touch is long gone was a logical sacrifice to boost readership.

    Will they be able to control where this story goes? How about the not-so-fat-and-ugly guys like Affleck who get away with the same behavior? How about the gay pedophile mafia that rule Hollywood whose perversions are always covered up by enablers and the media?

    1. Have you noticed how little attention Project Veritas' expose on NYT has gotten? After learning that O'keefe would quicksand them, they 'diverted' all attention to a 13 yr story

  2. The Comcast CEO has donated mostly to Democrats. He personally wrote to Obama supporting Obamacare. NBC will never be seen helping Trump.
    Harvey was plugged into a lot of sockets in NY Media. How many at NBC we may never know but there must be some. The interesting thing is that these rat bastard covering organizations, including the NYT years ago, suffer nothing for lies of omission or even commission so powerful is A1 and the money that now owns it.

  3. If Farrow is a lefty then the "new" Fox News will snap him up. Maybe team him with Shep Smith?

  4. Remember how the #FakeNewsMedia spiked the Lewinsky story? It took Drudge to break it. There are a lot of other scumbag producers out there. Will they be exposed? Hollywood is a sewer. - GOC

  5. Liberal media turning on liberal media. Delicious.

  6. With out those double standards all they would have is substandard.
    Or none at all.

  7. Oh, Rose McGowan's Twitter account has been suspended? Alles Heil Sieg Heil to Adolf Weinstein and His Brown Shirt Liberals. Alles. Get that right arm extended for The New Democrat Party.

    1. And Elizabeth Banks used to poop on a piece of glass directly over Adolf Weinstein's face, and he got off on that. Breaking news at 11.

  8. Bet NBC never thought that it would be cast in the role of Nixon.

  9. Maddow had made a game time editorial decision to extend her segment to discuss specifically push back on the story. This is when the valid criticism of NBC news occured--all on supposedly "fake" news channel. Remember when Faux News channel took itself to task over its reporting on Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly? Heh! Many of you are probably still wondering what happened.

  10. I agree about Farrow - he was tossed into the position before he was ready. This story is good. Really good.