MSNBC's Chris Hayes sent a powerful message to NBC executives over allegations they quashed Ronan Farrow's reporting into Harvey Weinstein

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  • During his show Monday night, the MSNBC host Chris Hayes took on the allegations that NBC leadership engaged in a cover-up of Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein.
  • Farrow outlines those explosive allegations in his new book, “Catch & Kill,” which reveals new details about the allegations of sexual assault against the former “Today” host Matt Lauer.
  • Farrow left NBC in late 2017 after the network refused to publish his months of reporting on the allegations against Weinstein, claiming it wasn’t substantiated enough to be aired. His reporting was later published in The New Yorker and helped set off the #MeToo movement.
  • “The insidious, destructive path of the least resistance is everywhere you look,” Hayes said. “Heck, I feel the tug of it here as my own news organisation is engaged in very public controversy over its conduct.”
  • Hayes then not-so-subtly called out NBC leadership, saying: “The path of least resistance is always there, beckoning seductively with an entirely plausible cover story. But of course, it’s the very ease of that path that makes it the enemy of the very work that we as journalists are trying to do.”
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As NBC faces allegations it engaged in a cover-up of alleged sexual abuse by the former “Today” host Matt Lauer, the MSNBC host Chris Hayes took on the allegations himself during his show Monday night – and sent a powerful message to the executives at his network.

Lauer was fired from the network in disgrace in 2017 after being accused of what NBC called “inappropriate sexual behaviour” in the workplace. The investigative journalist Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch & Kill,” publicly identifies Lauer’s accuser for the first time as the former MSNBC producer Brooke Nevils.

The book, published Tuesday, also details what Farrow describes as an extensive cover-up by NBC executives to prevent him, while employed at the network, from reporting on allegations of sexual assault against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Farrow claims in the book that executives were concerned that NBC News reporting on the allegations against Weinstein would expose Lauer to scrutiny over his behaviour.


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Farrow left the network in late 2017 after NBC News refused to publish his months of reporting on the allegations against Weinstein, arguing it wasn’t substantiated enough to be aired.

He instead published his bombshell story in The New Yorker, which, combined with a separate investigation into Weinstein by The New York Times, led to the downfall of Weinstein’s career and sparked the #MeToo movement.

NBC News’ president, Noah Oppenheim, came out swinging against the bombshell allegations that NBC tried to cover up Nevils’ allegations against Lauer and pushed accusers into confidential settlements with the network “false and offensive,” and in a lengthy memo to NBC staffers he described Farrow’s claim that NBC killed his reporting on Weinstein to protect Lauer as a “conspiracy theory.”

Most anchors on MSNBC have, so far, mostly kept mum on the situation. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that Farrow was “blacklisted” from appearing on the network, something NBC denies.

But Hayes used his platform both to praise Farrow’s intrepid reporting and to send a powerful message to his superiors.

“The insidious, destructive path of the least resistance is everywhere you look. Heck, I feel the tug of it here as my own news organisation is engaged in very public controversy over its conduct,” Hayes said.

“One thing is indisputable: Ronan Farrow walked out of NBC and within two months he published an incredible article that not only won a Pulitzer but helped trigger a massive social and cultural reckoning that continues to this day,” he added. “It’s the kind of journalism that you want to do as a journalist, that everyone who works in this business should want to facilitate.”


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Hayes then not-so-subtly called out NBC, saying: “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 of the very work that we as journalists are trying to do.”

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