According to Tucker Carlson NBC killed the Harvey Weinstein story because he threatened to expose Matt Lauer.
“Is squelching first-person accounts of sexual assault by powerful men consistent with Chuck Todd’s view of journalism? Is it ethical — did Chuck Todd ever complain about this inside the building at NBC? Why did he not quit over it? Or is it better to shut up and pretend that sexual assault did not happen in the hopes of keeping the highest paying job that he will ever have? Maybe that is the answer.”
Carlson, on his Tuesday night show, suggested that NBC sat on the Weinstein story because it was worried that the film producer would tell the world about accusations against former “Today” show host Matt Lauer, who resigned after sexual harassment allegations were brought against him in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.
“People close to the story” believe NBC was compromised by private investigators hired by Weinstein, Carlson said.
“We spoke to a number of people with direct knowledge of the story and here’s what we got: Harvey Weinstein had a long and documented history of using private investigators to learn damaging information about people who threatened him,” Carlson said. “He did that repeatedly to many people. He did it to The New York Times, for example. Did he do that to the leadership of NBC? People close to the story believe that he did. Some within the company believe that Weinstein threatened to reveal damaging information about NBC’s then-biggest star Matt Lauer.”