MSNBC president Phil Griffin tried to strain journalist Ronan Farrow into enhancing an interview with singer Gwen Stefani to tone down feedback she made about vaccines, his new book alleges.
Farrow spoke to the No Doubt frontwoman on the World Citizen Pageant in 2014 concerning the pageant’s aim to promote vaccination amid the rising anti-vaxxer motion, in accordance to the journalist’s new book “Catch and Kill.”
“I requested Gwen Stefani if she vaccinated her children, and the way she felt about anti-vaxxers,” he wrote. “She mentioned she supported vaccines and suggested individuals to discuss to their medical doctors.”
However whereas enhancing the phase, he obtained a name from a producer at MSNBC, which aired the pageant, claiming that Stefani’s camp reviewed the transcript and requested edits.
Farrow — who demanded to know who leaked his transcript — refused to make the adjustments, which led to a gathering with Griffin, in accordance to the book.
“It’s a puff piece! Come on. What the f—ok?” Griffin allegedly grumbled.
Farrow claimed that Griffin went on to insist that No Doubt would sever ties with the charity pageant.
“You understand what occurs if we don’t make these edits?” Griffin mentioned. “Stefani’s threatening to pull out! That’s straight from her supervisor.”
Farrow mentioned he ultimately relented and aired a 5-minute clip of small discuss with the singer.
It wasn’t clear why Stefani’s workforce allegedly wished the feedback cut.
A rep for MSNBC didn’t instantly reply to request for remark.
The accusations are amongst a sequence of damning claims leveled by Farrow in opposition to MSNBC and its father or mother community, NBC Information.
NBC Information President Noah Oppenheim slammed the book’s allegations — together with the main points on the community’s dealing with of former “In the present day” anchor Matt Lauer’s rape scandal — in a workers memo on Monday.
“Farrow’s effort to defame NBC Information is clearly motivated not by a pursuit of reality, however an axe to grind,” he wrote. “It's constructed on a sequence of distortions, confused timelines, and outright inaccuracies.”