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Ronan Farrow’s ‘Catch and Kill’ book is attacked by NBC News

NBC is launching a counterattack against investigative journalist Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book “Catch and Kill,” which accuses the network’s news division of a coordinated effort to shut down his reporting on disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in order to protect fired “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer.

“Now that we’ve read Farrow’s book, it’s clear — his smear rests on the allegation that NBC’s management knew about and took steps to hide Matt Lauer’s misconduct before his firing in November of 2017,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim wrote in a memo to employees that was obtained by the Los Angeles Times. “Without that, he has no basis on which to rest his second conspiracy theory — that his Harvey Weinstein reporting was squashed to protect Lauer.“

The defense comes as Oppenheim tries to calm employees roiled by revelations from excerpts of the book that comes out Tuesday. Staffers are said to be angry they were not told that Brooke Nevils, the former “Today” employee whose complaint led to Lauer’s firing, had alleged that she was raped by the morning show star in a hotel room in Sochi, Russia, during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

NBC News did not disclose Nevils’ accusation when Lauer was terminated after a 24-year run at the network. NBC News executives said it had agreed with Nevils’ attorney to categorize the incident as “sexual misconduct.” Farrow’s book also said that Nevils did not describe the incident as rape when she met with NBC’s human resources department, but revealed it in her interview with the author. Lauer has denied the rape allegation but admitted to having an extramarital affair with Nevils.

“My only goals in the days after Matt’s firing were to convey to our employees how reprehensible, horrific and

Article source: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2019-10-14/ronan-farrows-catch-and-kill-book-is-attacked-by-nbc-news

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