Published On: Mon, May 14th, 2018

Ronan Farrow attacks media as ‘instruments of suppression’ during the reporting of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal

Ronan Farrow told Loyola Marymount University’s Class of 2018, though he himself is a part of the mainstream media, he learned during the experience of writing his bombshell Harvey Weinstein report that the media can quickly become “instruments of suppression.”

“I wanted to take a moment to talk about what it’s like trying to do work you believe in *before* the moment of impact,” Farrow told the audience.

photo/ John Hain

“I’ve talked a little about challenges I faced reporting my stories on sexual violence. How the systems commanded by those powerful men I mentioned earlier came crashing down on me too. And how people I trusted turned on me. And powerful forces in the media world became instruments of suppression.”

Those “powerful forces in the media world,” he said, have created “vast systems that conspired to keep reporting on sexual assault quiet for so long.”

Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow and embattled director Woody Allen, is one of the original journalists to blow open the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. His report in The New Yorker detailing the accusations of the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein of heinous behavior helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

He spoke at lengths about his struggles, trying to succeed and break the story.

“I found out another news outlet was racing to scoop me on the Weinstein story, and I knew I was falling behind,” he continued. “I did not know if I’d ever be able to report that story, or if a year of work would amount to anything. I did not know if I would let down woman after brave woman who had put their trust in me.”

He also faced lawsuits from powerful figures and threats to his safety so serious he felt compelled to move. “I had moved out of my home because I was being followed and threatened,” he said. “I was facing personal legal threats from a powerful and wealthy man who said he would use the best lawyers in the country to wipe me out and destroy my future.”

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