Did NBC lawyers cost the network the Weinstein scoop? I hate to blame lawyers, but I can’t help wondering if NBC’s lawyers messed up on the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

NBC had one of the biggest scoops about the entertainment industry in its hot little hands, then let it go. Former MSNBC host Ronan Farrow (he’s the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen—or possibly Frank Sinatra) pitched his findings about Weinstein’s sexual exploits to NBC first, but the network sat on it and sat on it. Farrow then went to The New Yorker, and that magazine snagged it up right away. The result was one of the biggest exposes in the entertainment industry. As Farrow told Rachel Maddow on her show: “I walked into the door of The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier.”