You might have heard: The Washington Post published footage of Donald Trump having an “extremely lewd conversation about women” with Billy Bush in 2005 (Washington Post)
But did you know: NBC News was aware of the Trump footage for four days before The Washington Post published it, but held on to the story because of lawsuit fears, Paul Farhi reports. “Access Hollywood” producers gave NBC News notice of the video after the show’s producers combed through its archives for interviews with Trump after seeing an AP account of crude remarks Trump made about women on “The Apprentice.” NBC News agreed to let Access Hollywood break the story first, but both shows decided to have the tape reviewed by lawyers first.
+ NBC officials say they believe they took a reasonable amount of time to vet and prepare a story of “such magnitude and sensitivity” (New York Times); Farhi says the Post’s story took five hours to be vetted and published (Washington Post)
+ Reporters and Trump opponents alike are looking for footage of Trump from his “Apprentice” days (New York Times) after a man named Bill Pruitt tweeted, “As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng” (@billpruitt, Twitter);BuzzFeed News reports that Trump ally Mark Burnett has threatened staffers who could potentially release such footage that anyone who does so will be sued (BuzzFeed News)