The #MeToo Movement finally gave a voice to the women who were silenced for decades by powerful men in Hollywood. But the stories that started the movement, would have come out sooner had they not been silenced by broadcast networks such as NBC and ABC.
ABC news anchor Amy Robach and investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, formerly of NBC, recently revealed their experience reporting sexual assault allegations against two powerful men in Hollywood and how their reporting was obstructed by their networks.
Robach had worked relentlessly for three years on cracking the allegations against financier Jeffrey Epstein.
In a leaked video posted Tuesday by the right-wing activist group Project Veritas, Robach expressed her frustration to a colleague over ABC’s failure to broadcast her interview with a key accuser of Epstein.
Farrow last month released a book titled “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators” detailing a behind-the-scenes look into how he came to report on the dozens of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful film producers in Hollywood.
Hard working journalists like Robach and Farrow were initially stalled and silenced by their networks.
Farrow, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting, makes a compelling case that NBC was hesitant to pursue the story because several of its executives and personalities, including “Today” co-host Matt Lauer, also had sexual harassment allegations in their closets, according to the Associated Press.
Journalists play a powerful role in that they are trusted by the community and world to bring to the forefront the disparities and wrongdoings of our society.
Women who were in vulnerable states trusted these journalists, among many others, to tell their story.
For journalists to be questioned and silenced for uncovering unpleasant or inconvenient truths is an assault on truth, and on the public’s right to know.
Despite these major network’s efforts to keep the truth about abusers hidden, the story will get out and the #MeToo movement will not be silenced.