As new podcast launches, Ronan Farrow says NBC 'can't be trusted' without independent investigation

"I'm very inspired by all of the protests inside and outside of that building and the way in which the journalists there have stood up to this and demanded an investigation."

The Chad Hartman Show
November 25, 2019 - 3:42 pm
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For the last two years, Ronan Farrow has doggedly pursued one of the most defining stories of modern journalism, and he’s not done yet. 

The man whose reporting served as an important impetus for the #MeToo movement when he broke the story of the abuses of Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in Washington and DC  — as well as the related coverups — is now launching a podcast which he promises will add more detail and voices to his best selling book on his investigations, “Catch and Kill.”

Farrow told News Talk 830 WCCO host Chad Hartman that the podcast, which will carry the same title as the book (“The Catch and Kill Podcast”) and launches Tuesday on Radio.com, allowed him to share dramatic audio he had obtained throughout the course of his reporting. 

“Everything from the police recordings of Harvey Weinstein that I was able to obtain to recordings I made of my conversations with my producer Rich McHugh at NBC as the story was getting killed there. This was dramatic stuff and the podcast really transports you into the thick of it, lets you know what it was like to live in.”

NBC has forcefully denied Farrow’s allegations that they killed his investigation into Harvey Weinstein and had advance knowledge of the rape accuasations against former Today anchor Matt Lauer, but that hasn’t stopped MSNBC stars Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes from calling for the network to allow for an independent investigation into how the company handled the two cases. 

“I'm very inspired by all of the protests inside and outside of that building and the way in which the journalists there have stood up to this and demanded an investigation,” Farrow told Hartman. “And you know, until that happens, you can't really trust a news organization. And trust in news organizations is of paramount importance right now because we need the news and we need the free flow of information for the future of our democracy.”

When Hartman asked him if he thought the situation for women in the entertainment business had improved, Farrow said that he thought his work had made two things clear — that “the failure to hold powerful people accountable in industry after industry is an epidemic and it's far from over as a problem,” but that the people working to expose the truth are not going to stop anytime soon. 

“This body of work makes clear that these brave sources aren't going to shut up and that the reporters who work on these stories, and you're going to hear from many of them over the course of this podcast-- it's not just about me—are tenacious and refuse to stop,” Farrow said. “And so I hope that by listening to these people in their own words, everyone in the public, too, who takes the time to support this kind of journalism and subscribe to this podcast, feels inspired that yes, the fight is just starting, but the people fighting for the truth aren't going to give up.”

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