Famed #MeToo journalist Ronan Farrow said that former 2016 Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pushed him out of her inner circle after he exposed filmmaker Harvey Weinstein as an alleged sexual predator.
“It’s remarkable how quickly even people with a long relationship with you will turn if you threaten the centres of power or the sources of funding around them,” he said in an interview with The Financial Times.
“Ultimately, there are a lot of people out there who operate in that way. They’re beholden to powerful interests and if you go up against those interests, you become radioactive very quickly,” Farrow said.
He said that he had been working with the former secretary of state “for years” as he was researching the Weinstein story.
He said that he had served as her special adviser on global youth issues in 2011 when she was serving as secretary of state for former President Obama’s administration.
“Hillary Clinton had scheduled an interview while it was at the height of the Weinstein reporting and her folks got in touch and said, ‘We hear you’re working on a big story,'” he said, The Washington Examiner reported. “[They] sounded very concerned and tried to cancel that interview.”
Weinstein donated tens of thousands of dollars to groups supporting Clinton’s candidacy during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to Federal Election Committee data.
After Farrow reported on numerous allegations against Weinstein, who is now facing charges, Clinton said she was “shocked and appalled.”
It is not the first time that Farrow has said something that would make the Clintons furious. Weeks ago Farrow said that the accusations of rape against former President Bill Clinton were credible.
“Could Bill Clinton, if he had done what he did in 1998, survive today — or would his own party have thrown him under the bus?” Bill Maher, the host of the HBO program “Real Time With Bill Maher” said.
“I think that it is very important to interject that Bill Clinton is a different conversation,” Farrow said to Maher, The Cut reported. “He has been credibly accused of rape. That has nothing to do with gray areas. I think that the Juanita Broaddrick claim has been overdue for revisiting.”
In 1999, Broaddrick accused Clinton of raping her in a hotel room in 1978, when he was attorney general of Arkansas. Clinton has repeatedly denied the assault. When Broaddrick’s claims first came out, they were widely dismissed by Democrats — including a number of prominent feminists. “I just wish some of the people who are high on the list of supporting victims would come forward and say, ‘Yes, I believe her,’” Broaddrick said in 2016. On Sunday, she tweeted a clip of Farrow’s comments and accused both Congress and the media of suppressing her account in 1998.
Farrow’s comments are the latest in a rising tide of support for Broaddrick spurred by the MeToo movement, which has inspired a reconsideration of Lewinsky’s treatment in 1998, and now might finally reach Broaddrick, too. Last year, Clinton provoked outrage when he said he “did the right thing” during his impeachment trial. “This man cannot say he supports MeToo,” Broaddrick said at the time. “He probably is the reason there is a MeToo movement.”
And it was weeks ago that he said he was saddened by Hillary Clinton’s non support during his investigation of Weinstein, BuzzFeed News reported.
“It is an example of how power protects power,” Farrow said in an appearance on BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM on Tuesday to discuss his new book Catch and Kill, in which he says NBC News tried to quash his reporting on Weinstein. Farrow’s story went on to win a Pulitzer Prize after it was published in the New Yorker, and helped launch the #MeToo movement and a public reckoning about sexual misconduct by powerful men.
Farrow recalled that he was due to interview former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for his last book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (published in 2018), when word got around political circles that he was working on a story about Harvey Weinstein.
“There was an apparent effort to cancel that interview after they raised concerns about the reporting on Weinstein,” Farrow said.
Weinstein was a powerful ally of Clinton’s and had helped bundle and raise millions of Hollywood dollars for her.
“It was a personal moment of gut punch to me,” Farrow said. “People that I thought would support that kind of reporting were actually very leery of it.”