Mr. Farrow additionally accuses the NBC Information president, Noah Oppenheim, of smothering an investigation into the film mogul Harvey Weinstein, which Mr. Farrow later revealed to acclaim in The New Yorker. NBC has mentioned that, on the time, Mr. Farrow’s reporting fell in need of NBC requirements and that the community was “profoundly disappointed” to not have aired his eventual findings.
The candidates’ letter, first reported by HuffPost, appears to embrace Mr. Farrow’s reporting and evaluation. “It is critical that the Democratic National Committee make clear that they support survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by ensuring that Comcast and NBC News take steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks,” the letter reads.
The letter additionally asserts, with out proof, that community managers coated up incidents of abuse. Final month, Andrew Lack, the chairman of NBC Information, despatched a memo to the workers, saying that “any suggestion” that NBC Information executives had recognized about Mr. Lauer’s habits earlier than the accusation or tried to cowl it up “is absolutely false and offensive.”
The Democratic Nationwide Committee has no direct approach to make sure that Comcast takes any motion. UltraViolet’s govt director, Shaunna Thomas, who has organized protests exterior NBC’s Manhattan headquarters, mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday that Democratic officers have “leverage as a critical media partner in the 2020 election” to “push Comcast and NBC to do the right thing.”
The Democratic Nationwide Committee mentioned on Tuesday that it had not acquired a proper copy of the letter and had no additional remark. Comcast didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Tuesday.
NBCUniversal referred to its earlier statements that the information division was assured within the outcomes of its inside assessment, and that community executives had taken swift and acceptable motion to deal with accusations of misconduct.
Of their name for an out of doors investigation, the Democratic candidates are echoing latest commentary from Ms. Maddow, who will serve on an all-female panel on the debate. On a latest version of her prime-time present, Ms. Maddow described her colleagues’ angst over Mr. Farrow’s allegations and instructed that, with out an unbiased investigation, the dispute would boil all the way down to “NBC’s word versus Ronan Farrow’s reporting and assertions.”
Michael M. Grynbaum