Ronan Farrow Goes After NBC News Executives in His New Book


Mr. Farrow says he was told several times to stop reporting. NBC News disputes that contention.

“It didn’t make sense,” Mr. Farrow writes. “Discouragement was one thing, but there was no rationale, journalistic or legal, for ordering us to stop reporting.”

After Mr. Farrow believed that NBC News would not move forward, he met with David Remnick, the longtime editor of The New Yorker. Mr. Farrow played the audio recording for him and another editor at the magazine, Deirdre Foley Mendelssohn. Their reaction, he says, was the “polar opposite of Oppenheim’s.”

Mr. Remnick made no promises about publication, saying the story needed additional reporting — but he made it clear that if NBC passed on it, The New Yorker would be interested.

“For the first time that summer, a news outlet was actively encouraging me,” writes Mr. Farrow, who took his Weinstein reporting with him to The New Yorker and built on it.

In response, Mr. Oppenheim said in an interview, “We’re the news organization that assigned the story and supported it for seven months.” He defended letting Mr. Farrow leave with what proved to be a significant story.

“We could say to him, ‘No, you can’t leave,’ and face the risk that he would never get his reporting to the place where it was ready for air, in which case we really were worried that he could accuse us of somehow suppressing it,” Mr. Oppenheim said. “Or I could take the competitive blow of not owning it, but allow him to get the material out in the world in the way that he said he wanted to.”

The Times and The New Yorker shared the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in public service for exposing wealthy and powerful sexual predators, including Mr. Weinstein, for articles by Ms. Kantor, Ms. Twohey, Mr. Farrow and others.



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