With the pressure on the network weighing heavy on the network, NBC News denied late on Thursday that its president, Noah Oppenheim, who also works as a Holywood screenwriter, had any business dealings with Holywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Oppenheim is allegedly one of the several people who sought to sweep Ronan Farrow’s story on Weinstein under the rug.
“Noah has never had any relationship with [Weinstein], business or personal,” NBC News said in a statement.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said the NBC president should either resign or be fired for trying to forestall or bury Farrow’s bombshell story on Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations.
According to Carlson, Oppenheim said there was a reason why the story should not be published and had provided Farrow with resources who eventually shopped the narrative to the New Yorker.
“Let’s be clear,” Carlson said. “NBC is lying.”
He listed several claims by Oppenheim he said were untrue.
Carlson says that some assertions the NBC president had made were false. For instance, Oppenheim maintained that Farrow was provided resources, but the truth was that he wasn’t even provided a camera crew.
Tucker praised Rachel Maddow of MSNBC for interviewing Farrow despite reported threats against the piece.
“This is a scandal and the truth has a way of emerging,” he said.
Carlson added that Oppenheim has strong connections to the Democratic Party and businesses in Holywood, saying that Oppenheim should speak out about his link to The Weinstein Company and it’s disgraced former co-founder, Harvey Weinstein.
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 13, 2017
The NBC president weighed in on the Weinstein scandal when he addressed NBC News crew members during a town hall meeting.
“The notion that we would try to cover for a powerful person is deeply offensive to all of us. … We didn’t feel we had all the elements that we needed to air it,” Oppenheim said. “Suffice to say, the stunning story, the incredible story that we all read yesterday, was not the story that we were looking at when we made our judgment several months ago.”
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