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Tracking the Access Hollywood tape: from NBC Network to the Washington Post




2005 Access Hollywood video in which Trump (L) and Billy Bush (R) are show having lewd conversation about women.
2005 Access Hollywood video in which Trump (L) and Billy Bush (R) are show having lewd conversation about women.
2005 Access Hollywood video, screenshot via The Washington post

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The 2005 Access Hollywood video that showed Donald Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women prompted the question of why the NBC-owned footage broke via “The Washington Post.”

Tipped off by an anonymous source, it took Post reporter David Farenthold five hours to verify and publish the story on Friday, whereas NBC had been aware of the archival footage since at least last Monday, according to sources.

Some have pointed to NBC’s vetting process and the slow mulling over questions of legality, while others say the problem lies in the distance between NBC’s entertainment side and its news team. Another potential complication was NBC’s on-air personality Billy Bush, since suspended, who was shown playing accomplice to Trump’s lewd remarks.

So what, exactly, was NBC waiting for? And is there more potentially damaging footage sitting in NBC’s “Apprentice” archives?

Guest: 

Margaret Sullivan, Media Columnist for “The Washington Post” - the news outlet that broke the story of the “Access Hollywood” tape; Sullivan wrote: “A political bombshell was right under NBC’s nose. What took the network so long?”