NBC has history of burying rape stories…. CLINTON (details)
Accusations of sexual assault and harassment by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein went unreported by NBC, despite the fact that one of their freelance correspondents, Ronan Farrow, did a months-long investigation in which he was told by “thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them.”
The major network’s avoidance in covering the story of a famous Democratic mega-donor’s fall from grace is reminiscent of how they handled the story told by Bill Clinton’s rape accuser, Juanita Broaddrick.
Instead of releasing the Weinstein story at NBC, Farrow published the extensive piece with the New Yorker. His switching over to the New Yorker raised eyebrows, with even MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow commenting, “NBC says that the story wasn’t publishable, that it wasn’t ready to go at the time that you brought it to them.”
Farrow shot down that theory, saying, “I walked into the door at the New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been [made] public earlier. And immediately, obviously, the New Yorker recognized that. And it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable. In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”
NBC claims Farrow had no one willing to go on camera or speak about the sexual abuse by Weinstein, but he did have evidence, including a recording of an accuser.
NBC’s treatment of another powerful liberal accused of sexual misconduct, Bill Clinton, was handled similarly.
According to a report in Breitbart News, NBC News had quietly scrubbed the word “discredited” from the online version of a May 19 report on the Today Show, in which anchor Andrea Mitchell used that word to describe Broaddrick’s rape accusations against Clinton. Broaddrick says that Clinton raped her twice in a hotel room in 1978.
The NBC online editing occurred in response to a letter from Broaddrick’s attorney, who is also her son, demanding an on-air apology about using the word “discredited.”
Neither Mitchell nor the network provided any documentation or evidence to back up the “discredited” claim. And Broaddrick’s accusation was never discredited. Indeed, NBC itself vetted Broaddrick’s story when she originally broke her silence by speaking to the network’s show, “Dateline,” in 1999.
The network also spoke with Norma Rodgers, Broaddrick’s friend and employee, who confirmed Broaddrick’s story that she found Broaddrick in her hotel room in the immediate aftermath of the incident with a badly swollen lip and mouth and that Broaddrick’s pantyhose had been ripped off.
Broaddrick had stated that Clinton bit her on the lip during the alleged rape, which she said took place in 1978 at her room in a Little Rock hotel.
NBC’s Lisa Myers, who conducted the 1999 interview with Broaddrick for the network, stated in a 2014 interview: “[N]othing has come up since that story was reported that in any way undercuts what Juanita Broaddrick said.”
Myers has since retired from the network.
Broaddrick’s story was back in the news last year after Hillary Clinton made women’s issues a centerpiece of her campaign. The presidential nominee hypocritically released an ad in which she insisted all women must be supported if they accuse men of sexual assault.
“You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you,” Clinton exclaimed in the video, which she addressed to “every survivor of sexual assault.”
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