Thursday, March 19, 2020

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, by Ronan Farrow (author, narrator)

Hachette Audio, October 2019

In 2017, Ronan Farrow began to get hints of a potentially explosive story--one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood was a major sexual predator. As he and his producer worked on the story, finding more and more women willing to talk to them, they got encouragement and support--and obstacles that seemed to make no sense at all. For instance, reporters talk to people bound by non-disclosure agreements all the time; investigative reporting would be impossible without it. Yet Farrow and his producer were being told that this could result in NBC being sued for "tortious interference."

That's just one example of the real opposition underneath the superficial support.

What follows is a difficult, confusing, sometimes dangerous search for the truth, for evidence, and women willing to speak on the record. Farrow's own family is used against him, in an attempt to paint him as "biased" because his sister was sexually abused by their father, Woody Allen. There was no connection to Weinstein, and amounted to saying that anyone who had ever known someone who was sexually harassed was "too biased" to cover a sexual harassment story. He started to see hints he was being followed, but it was quite a while before he knew he was being tracked by Black Cube, an Israeli private security company. He found himself being pushed out of NBC, which had been his dream job.

The very people he had thought would support his explosive investigative journalism turned out to be worried about their own reputations, with good reason.

It's a fascinating, excellent book, that will make you very angry.

Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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