David Folkenflik on the Harvey Weinstein story.

Why It Took Years to Tell Hollywood’s Open Secret

Why It Took Years to Tell Hollywood’s Open Secret

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 14 2017 12:26 AM

Why Now With the Weinstein Stories?

Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual harassment was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret. What allowed two news giants to put it in print within days of one another?

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Harvey Weinstein on Sept. 22, 2016, in Zurich.

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Why did it take years of reporting for any news organizations to nail down the Harvey Weinstein story? NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik says the allegations received only “twilight” coverage. He considers why NBC might have whiffed on the Weinstein story, and how the network’s hard pass is being recast in conservative circles. Folkenflik is the author of Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.