Ronan Farrow’s reporting partner has penned his own first-person account corroborating that the two execs at the helm of NBC News systematically shut down their investigations into Harvey Weinstein because the movie mogul threatened to expose sex-harass claims against Matt Lauer.
“They 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,” reporter and producer Rich McHugh wrote Friday in Vanity Fair.
He was referring to NBC’s news chairman, Andy Lack, and the station’s president of news, Noah Oppenheim.
“As the record shows, they behaved more like members of Weinstein’s PR team than the journalists they claim to be,” McHugh wrote.
“Thanks to them, a leading national news organization, in broad daylight and with zero remorse, abdicated its single greatest responsibility—to relentlessly pursue and tell the truth.”
Their investigations into Weinstein — McHugh was an employee of NBC, and Farrow was a freelancer at the time — were repeatedly derailed by the network, and all to protect Lauer, the network’s star anchor, McHugh wrote in the piece, which elaborates on similar descriptions in Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill.
Farrow eventually took their reporting to the New Yorker, scoring a Pulitzer Prize.
Lack has fired back against the claims in Catch and Kill.
Oppenheim has insisted that complaints against Lauer were handled appropriately.