Thoughts on “Catch and Kill” by Ronan Farrow

Book Cover: "Catch and Kill" by Ronan Farrow
“Catch and Kill” by Ronan Farrow

Before reading “Catch and Kill” by Ronan Farrow, I always thought of “The National Enquirer” as nothing more than a worthless rag that published fictional stories so far-fetched that they weren’t even entertaining.

I had no idea that the “Enquirer” — and the corporation that owns it — was in the business of ‘catching’ scandalous (read: criminal) stories on Hollywood elites and other men of power, then ‘killing’ those stories using exclusive rights and payouts.

I had no idea a tabloid with no seeming interest in real journalism was controlling our journalists — and the media that employs them.

I guess you could say I need to read more news more often. Maybe then I’d have known this. But then again…

I had no idea a tabloid had essentially managed to take control of what we receive as news.

Yet, that is some of what Ronan Farrow reveals in “Catch and Kill”.

Farrow’s “Catch and Kill” reads partly like a well-written piece of investigative journalism — and partly like a spy thriller. Typically, I slog through any type of non-fiction book, but not this one. I flew through it, sometimes making myself slow down so it lasted longer.

I love reading thrillers, and this one was one of the best I’ve read this year. It’s a disgusting commentary because “Catch and Kill” is abuse, trauma, corruption, and cover-ups coming to light. It’s truth, not fiction.

Focused primarily on Harvey Weinstein and the women he victimized over the years, Ronan Farrow details his investigation into allegations of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment by Weinstein. He shares the stories of the women brave enough to come forward, as well as a television network’s determination to kill the story. In the middle of it all is “The National Enquirer” pulling strings to protect some of the most wealthy and elite. By the end (and not covered in the book), the global #MeToo movement gets started.

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