Monday, May 18, 2020

NY Times partially exposes Ronan Farrow

I thought that I was the only one attacking Ronan Farrow's reporting. The NY Times shared a Pulitzer Prize with him, but now publishes a long article trashing his reckless reporting. He relies on unverified gossip, and distorts the facts.
Because if you scratch at Mr. Farrow’s reporting in The New Yorker and in his 2019 best seller, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,” you start to see some shakiness at its foundation. He delivers narratives that are irresistibly cinematic — with unmistakable heroes and villains — and often omits the complicating facts and inconvenient details that may make them less dramatic. At times, he does not always follow the typical journalistic imperatives of corroboration and rigorous disclosure, or he suggests conspiracies that are tantalizing but he cannot prove.
Yes, I know Harvey Weinstein was convicted by a jury, but I think that he was innocent, and didn't get a fair trial.

The article portrays him as an over-eager young reporter who hasn't yet learned the difference between being a journalist and a novelist.

It does not touch the deeper issues.

Farrow passes judgment on various celebrity sex lives, but has little to say about his own bizarre sex life, except that he is engaged to another man.

His father is Woody Allen, who named him Satchel. He has bizarre daddy issues, as he blames his famous father for things that don't make any sense.

His bizarre Jewish attitudes. His father is famously Jewish, and many of his targets are Jewish. Is he trying to destroy famous Jews as a`way of getting revenge on his father? Revenge for what?

Everything about Ronan Farrow, aka Satchel Allen, is creepy and weird. I am glad to see the NY Times finally call him on some of his crap.

Update: See also Quillette essay.

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