MSNBC host Chris Hayes took a moment out of his show Monday night to praise former colleague Ronan Farrow and his explosive reporting on the network’s leadership.
Mr. Farrow alleges in his new book, “Catch and Kill,” that NBC executives prevented him, while still employed at the network, from reporting on allegations of sexual assault against now-disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Mr. Farrow claims that NBC was afraid at the time that his reporting would eventually lead to Matt Lauer, who was later fired by the network amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Mr. Farrow also claims in his book that NBC executives knew about allegations against Mr. Lauer before he was fired and did nothing.
NBC News‘ president, Noah Oppenheim, fiercely denied the claims and sent a lengthy memo to staff calling Mr. Farrow’s book a “conspiracy theory.”
During his show “All In” on Monday, Mr. Hayes acknowledged that his news organization is embroiled in a “very public controversy over its conduct.”
“Ronan Farrow walked out of NBC News after working on the Weinstein story, and within two months published an incredible article at the New Yorker that not only won a Pulitzer but helped trigger a massive social and cultural reckoning that continues to this day,” Mr. Hayes said. “It is the kind of journalism that you want to do as a journalist, that everyone who works in this business should want to facilitate.”
He continued, “Of course, there’s a reason it took so long for the true story about Weinstein to be told, for the many allegations of him to stay locked in a vault. And that’s because time and again the path of least resistance for those in power was not to cross Weinstein or his army of friends and lawyers. Same goes for the many, many, many other powerful predators that we’ve come to know about. The path of least resistance is always there, beckoning seductively with an entirely plausible cover story: ‘You’ve got bigger fish to fry, this isn’t the hill to die on, the story isn’t ready.’ But, of course, it’s the very ease of that path that makes it the enemy to the kind of work we, as journalists, are supposed to do.”
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