According to analysts, NBC must fully account for the alleged misconduct of Matt Lauer
"I've worked at NBC because there are a lot of people I really respect, and I think they deserve to know exactly who knew what when," said Irin Camron, CNN analyst and senior correspondent of New York Magazine, to Brian from CNN Stelter Sunday on "Reliable Sources." "You deserve accountability."
NBC said a Weinstein print campaign had nothing to do with the network's decision not to operate Farrow's coverage of the former Hollywood mogul. Instead, NBC said that Farrow's coverage did not meet broadcasting standards and that he had no recorded interviews with Weinstein's prosecutors in front of the camera.
Allegations of sexual misconduct by individuals such as Weinstein, Lauer and others have fueled the #Metoo movement that has led to the overthrow of powerful men in various industries ̵
1; including in several news organizations's first record-breaking interview with Brooke Nevils, the woman whose allegation Matt Lauer raped her in 2014 and led to his release. Lauer emphatically denied the allegation in an open letter last week, saying the relationship was amicable.
In an October 9 message to coworkers shared with CNN Business on Sunday afternoon, Andy Lack, Executive Producer of NBC News said Farrow "uses a variety of tactics to paint a fundamentally wrong picture ". The message stated that the network had dismissed Lauer within 24 hours of taking note of the claim . "Any suggestion that we knew before this evening or that tried to cover up some aspect of Lauer's behavior is completely wrong and insulting."
The network also says it has "taken significant steps to improve its culture over the last two years".
David Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik criticized NBC for choosing not to run Farrow's story on Weinstein, regardless of the network's calculations.
"It does not matter why they did it, we know they've stopped reporting, and the most important thing about this book is, historically, a detailed account of what it means to receive patriarchy. " he said.
NBC denied the idea of "shutting down" Farrow's story, and also said that Farrow had found additional sources for his Weinstein report after bringing him to the New Yorker he did not have during his time at NBC.
Farrow's book is scheduled for release on Tuesday and he will begin his book tour on Monday on "CBS This Morning."