Ronan Farrow’s unimaginable run of reporting proves that good work is its personal calling card.
Living proof: A number of the sources for his latest story, about Les Moonves and the tradition at CBS, “started coming to me instantly after the Harvey Weinstein story,” Farrow says.
Farrow spent a lot of 2017 investigating Weinstein’s alleged abuse of ladies. His reporting was initially for NBC Information, the place he was being underutilized. After many months, the community basically advised him to take the story elsewhere, so he did — and The New Yorker ended up together with his scoop.
Farrow’s investigation got here out final October, only a few days after The New York Occasions printed its OWN reporting about Weinstein. He has continued writing for The New Yorker ever since, turning out impactful tales, comparable to his latest look inside CBS.
One of many Moonves accusers, Illeana Douglas, “referred to as me, actually, the day after that first Harvey Weinstein story I wrote and advised me her story, and we have been rigorously investigating since,” Farrow mentioned on CNN’s “Dependable Sources” on Sunday.
And if the previous is any indication, he is not completed investigating but.
Journalists in New York, DC and L.A. speak about Farrow, 30, with a mixture of awe and envy. Prior to now yr, he has earned virtually each main award within the journalism world. His reporting about Weinstein, paired with The Occasions’ work, received a Pulitzer Prize in April.
Nonetheless, Farrow “has his head about it,” The New Yorker’s David Remnick mentioned. “The work is the work is the work.”
In a telephone interview, Remnick mentioned Farrow is a major instance of how “good journalism results in extra good journalism.”
“For those who current your self to the world as someone who’s aggressively pursuing the reality in a sure trench, you are going to begin getting ideas too,” he mentioned.
After Farrow’s first report about Weinstein got here a number of followups. Farrow has dug into different topics, too, together with President Trump’s backscratching relationship with American Media Inc. chairman David Pecker.
Farrow’s movie star standing and Hollywood connections — his mom is the actress Mia Farrow — absolutely assist open doorways with sources. However he is not coasting on his well-known final title.
He has a repute for holding his head down and reporting — one thing that stands out within the opinion-saturated social media world. He talked with a number of TV networks about potential offers within the wake of the Weinstein probe, and ended up partnering with HBO, the place he’ll be growing a sequence of “investigative documentary specials,” in response to the corporate.
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When Farrow was nonetheless at NBC, engaged on the Weinstein story, he interviewed The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta. It was the spring of 2017.
“What struck me when Ronan quizzed me about Harvey final spring was how considered he was,” Auletta mentioned. “Cautious to separate reality from rumor. I watched him ask questions, however really take heed to solutions.”
When NBC stymied Farrow’s work, he reached out to Auletta, which led to The New Yorker association.
“That NBC allowed Ronan to get away is akin to the Purple Sox buying and selling Ruth,” Auletta mentioned. “I nonetheless cannot consider Ronan is simply 30 and hitting residence run after residence run.”
Different sports activities analogies additionally apply.
“Ronan Farrow is on a ‘Michael Jordan classic season’ reporting tear,” Politico’s Dan Diamond tweeted earlier this yr.
Most of Farrow’s tales have appeared on the New Yorker web site, however not the journal. One memorable instance: The story he co-authored with Jane Mayer about abuse accusations towards New York lawyer normal Eric Schneiderman was posted on a Monday night. Three hours later, Schneiderman resigned. The story by no means appeared in print.
“That sort of story, it will get devoured up so shortly by the readers,” Remnick mentioned.
However the brand new Moonves and CBS story will seem on this week’s print version.
Farrow is cautious to not reveal an excessive amount of about his reporting course of. At occasions, he has been pissed off by the rumor mill that usually envelops the tales he is engaged on. Individuals inside CBS had been buzzing and guessing about his Moonves reporting for a number of months.
On Sunday’s “Dependable Sources,” he referred to as it “noise and interference.”
“While you work on tales involving dozens and dozens and dozens of sources, it turns into nearly inevitable” that phrase “leaks out,” he mentioned.
“I do suppose it is vital for the general public to tell apart between the secondary protection of the story, which is usually fraught with misinformation, and the story itself, which is the product of many meticulous months of investigation.”
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Farrow simply completed a e book about diplomacy titled “Struggle on Peace.” Now he’s at work on a e book about his Weinstein reporting and the fallout. He’s anticipated to inform his aspect of the NBC story intimately for the primary time, explaining how his reporting was tabled by the community.
NBC Information mentioned on the time that “we did not really feel that we had all the weather that we wanted to air” Farrow’s story. Farrow has challenged that assertion. And the corporate publishing his e book, Little, Brown, says he has “astonishing disclosures” to share.
The e book, titled “Catch and Kill,” doesn’t but have a publication date.
His CBS investigation has additionally directed inward — on the conduct of one other main media firm.
“It forces us to check out newsrooms and the necessity for accountability within the locations that form the info that we obtain,” Farrow mentioned. “We talked to 1 investigative journalist who mentioned, ‘if I’m the enterprise of confronting arduous truths myself for a residing, how may I flip a blind eye to this.'”
CNNMoney (New York) First printed July 29, 2018: eight:22 PM ET