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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Criticizes Own Network & Praises Ronan Farrow Book

HeadlineOct 16, 2019

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes took aim at his own network in the closing minutes of his show “All In with Chris Hayes” Monday, praising Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill,” which accuses NBC of burying Farrow’s reporting on alleged serial rapist Harvey Weinstein. His book also accuses NBC executives of knowing about multiple sexual misconduct allegations against now-fired NBC host Matt Lauer, who is accused of raping fellow NBC producer Brooke Nevils in 2014 while the two covered the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This is Chris Hayes.

Chris Hayes: “My own news organization is embroiled in a very public controversy over its conduct. As you’ve probably seen, in his new book, 'Catch and Kill,' my former colleague Ronan Farrow contends that NBC News slow-walked, and then ultimately killed, his reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assault, because it was intimidated by Weinstein and didn’t want to cross him. Most distressingly, Farrow suggests NBC News was worried about the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Matt Lauer coming out as a result of reporting on Weinstein and desperately wanted to avoid that. … One thing, though, is indisputable. 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. It is the kind of journalism that you want to do as a journalist.”

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