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Ronan Farrow says Bill Clinton should be investigated for ‘credible’ rape accusations

Ronan Farrow, 31, the son of actress Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, is an investigative journalist who sparked the #MeToo movement by uncovering Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuses in articles in The New Yorker in late 2017, which won the magazine the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Farrow then investigated and exposed sexual abuse allegations against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and CBS Chairman/CEO Les Moonves, which led to the resignations of both in 2018.

Although Farrow is a liberal and despite his association with Hillary Clinton (in 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Farrow as her Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and Director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues), he has demonstrated his journalistic objectivity by saying that an investigation into “credible” rape accusations against former President Bill Clinton is long “overdue”.

Farrow said that in an interview last Friday night, November 1, 2019, on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher”.

As reported by Fox News, Farrow told Maher, “Bill Clinton…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,” and that Bill wouldn’t escape scrutiny today because society’s views on sexual misconduct have “changed.”

In an interview with Dateline NBC that aired on February 24, 1999, former nursing home administrator Juanita Broaddrick said then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton raped her in 1978 during his gubernatorial campaign.

As recounted by Broaddrick to Dateline NBC, she had offered to volunteer for Clinton’s campaign. On April 25, 1978, Broaddrick was attending a nursing home meeting at the Camelot Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bill Clinton suggested that instead of meeting in the hotel’s coffee shop, they meet “for coffee” in her hotel room that she was sharing with her friend and employee Norma Rogers, so as to avoid a crowd of reporters in the hotel lobby. Broaddrick said:

“Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip … He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen but he wouldn’t listen to me…. It was a real panicky, panicky situation. I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip…. When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses. And before he goes out the door he says ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.”

Broaddrick’s roommate Norma Rogers said she returned to their hotel room to find Broaddrick on the bed “in a state of shock”, with her pantyhose torn in the crotch and her lip swollen as though she had been hit. Broaddrick told her Clinton had “forced himself on her”. Rogers helped Broaddrick ice her lip, and then the women left Little Rock. Rogers said that Broaddrick was very upset on the way home and blamed herself for letting Clinton in the room. Broaddrick also confided in four other persons about the rape.

Since 1999 when she first went public with her rape accusation, Broaddrick has persisted in her charges against Bill Clinton, slamming Democrats for refusing to believe her:

  • In 2000, when Hillary Clinton was running in the U.S. Senate election in New York, Broaddrick published an open letter to Hillary, denouncing her for  covering for her husband’s rape.
  • During the 2016 presidential election, Broaddrick repeated her rape claims on Twitter: “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73. …it never goes away.”
  • On October 9, 2016, Broaddrick appeared on a panel with Trump, Paula Jones, and Kathleen Willey an hour before the second presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton was in the audience.
  • In January 2018, Broaddrick self-published a memoir, co-authored by Nick Lulli, with the title You’d Better Put Some Ice On That: How I Survived Being Raped By Bill Clinton.

Back to Ronan Farrow.

In his new book, Catch and Kill: Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Farrow revealed that Hillary Clinton had tried to pressure him into not publishing the bombshell sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

As described by The Hollywood Reporter on October 9, 2019:

Weinstein also attempted to leverage his long-term relationship with Hillary Clinton to pressure Farrow…. In summer 2017, while Farrow was trying to lock down an interview with Clinton for his foreign policy book…he received a call from Clinton’s publicist, Nick Merrill, who told him that the “big story” Farrow was working on was a “concern for us.”

In an interview with Fox News on October 16, 2019, Farrow gave more details. He said that Hillary Clinton “attempted to withdraw from an interview that she had committed to for a foreign policy book that I was working on, for which I interviewed every other living secretary of state. And, before doing so, her staff raised concerns about the fact that I was working on this story about one of her most significant donors [Harvey Weinstein] — a big bundler of Hollywood money.”

~Eowyn

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Woody Allen, 41, raped 16-year-old girl

I stopped watching Woody Allen movies years ago, after his girlfriend of 12 years, Mia Farrow — with whom he had a biological child, Ronan, and adopted two others — discovered evidence of Allen (then 56) screwing her 22-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen never expressed regret or remorse about his conduct, which a judge called “grossly inappropriate.”

Ronan Farrow said about Allen, 83: “He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression.”

In 2010, Allen told the Spanish-language magazine La Vanguardia: It would be good…if (Obama) could be dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly. I am pleased with Obama. I think he is brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him.”

In 1992, Mia accused Allen of sexually molesting 7-year-old Dylan Farrow, Mia’s adopted daughter whom Allen had legally adopted as his own. In retaliation, Allen sued for full custody of Ronan and two of Farrow’s adopted children, Dylan and Moses, with whom Allen had assumed a parental role.

Dr. John Leventhal, the lead doctor of Yale–New Haven Hospital Child Sexual Abuse Clinic’s investigation into the sex-abuse allegations who did not meet with Dylan but used only interviews conducted by others, testified in a sworn deposition that, in his opinion, Dylan “either invented the story under the stress of living in a volatile and unhealthy home or that it was planted in her mind by her mother”.

In June 1993, the presiding judge, Elliott Wilk, rejected Allen’s bid for full custody and denied him visitation rights with Dylan because Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was “grossly inappropriate” and “measures must be taken to protect her”. (Wikipedia)

Dylan Farrow has consistently and persistently maintained that Allen indeed sexually molested her.

On February 1, 2014, in an open letter in the New York Times, Dylan, who is now married and living in Florida under a different name, wrote:

For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like. I didn’t like how often he would take me away from my mom, siblings and friends to be alone with him. I didn’t like it when he would stick his thumb in my mouth. I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out. I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me….

Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime. That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself. That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye. Most found it easier to…pretend that nothing was wrong. Actors praised him at awards shows. Networks put him on TV. Critics put him in magazines.

Now, Dylan is corroborated by another underage victim of Woody Allen, Babi Christina Engelhardt.

Gary Baum reports for The Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 17, 2018, that in October 1976, blonde, emerald-eyed aspiring model Engelhardt, 16, caught 41-year-old Woody Allen’s eye at New York City power restaurant Elaine’s.

Allen invited Engelhardt to his Fifth Avenue penthouse. He never asked her age, but she told him she was still in high school, living with her family in rural New Jersey. Within weeks, they’d become physically intimate at his place. She wouldn’t turn 17, legal in New York, until that December.

Sex with an underage girl is statutory rape.

Two of Engelhardt’s close friends from the period affirm they were aware of Engelhardt’s relationship with Allen at the time — one would even drop her off at his penthouse. Photographer Andrew Unangst, who was dining with her at Elaine’s the night she made her move on Allen, also says he knew about the long-running tryst. Engelhardt’s younger brother Mike remembers Allen calling their parents’ home: “I’d holler out, ‘Babi, it’s Woody!’ My brain didn’t think something romantic; I was 11 or 12 and a huge fan.”

Engelhardt has written an unpublished memoir of her time with Allen, in which she portrays a relationship of unequals. From their first rendezvous, terms were decreed by Allen. They could only meet at his place. By her count, on more than 100 subsequent occasions, she’d visit him at his apartment at 930 Fifth Ave., where she’d invariably make her way to an upstairs bedroom facing Central Park.

About a year into the relationship, Allen occasionally began bringing in two other “beautiful young ladies” for threesomes. After they’d been “sleeping together” for four years, Allen beamingly announced that he wanted to introduce her to his new “girlfriend” — Mia Farrow. What followed was a “handful” of three-way sex sessions at Allen’s penthouse, where the three smoked joints and bonded over a shared fondness for animals. Engelhardt writes in her memoir:

There were times the three of us were together, and it was actually great fun…. It wasn’t until after it was done when I really had time to think of how twisted it was when we were together … and how I was little more than a plaything. While we were together, the whole thing was a game that was being operated solely by Woody so we never quite knew where we stood…. I used to think this was a form of mother-father with the two of them. To me, that whole relationship was very Freudian: how I admired them, how he’d already broken me in, how I let that be all right.

Engelhardt last heard from Allen in January 2001, when he sent her a letter thanking her for sending him a copy of a documentary she’d appeared in about the making of The Voice of the Moon, Fellini’s final film. Below is the letter:

Even with hindsight, though, Engelhardt is unwilling to indict Allen, who declined to comment for this story. She considered him then, and still considers him now, a Great Man. She said: “I’m not attacking Woody. This is not ‘bring down this man.’ I’m talking about my love story. This made me who I am. I have no regrets.”

Engelhardt and Dylan Farrow are not Woody Allen’s only victims.

On September 25 2018, Crazy Days and Nights published this blind item revealed:

If you are ever thinking of taking the child molester’s side because you want him to be able to work steadily or something, or don’t believe the victims, take a look at this from a mom who had a daughter working on one of his films. She enclosed a picture of how he had her dress on set from the actual set, but it is creepy and I don’t want her recognized.

I let my daughter work on ____________. She had done Broadway but this was her first feature, and it was literally just a feature background role. Non speaking. The child molester invited my daughter to eat lunch with him. She was 7 at the time. I’ve been on MANY sets. I have NEVER seen a director ask a background actor to lunch, let alone a child.

Cafe Society/Woody Allen

After years of looking the other way, it appears Hollywood is finally ostracizing Woody Allen:

  • In October 2017, the red carpet premiere for Allen’s Amazon Studios release Wonder Wheel was canceled. Amazon has also cut off financing for Allen’s next movie.
  • n January 2018, the entertainment section of Canada’s largest newspaper, The (Toronto) Star, ran an AP article detailing how many in the movie business regret having worked with Woody Allen, and having given him a pass.
  • In January 2018, two stars of Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York — Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall (who previously had appeared in Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona) — apologized for working on it and donated their salaries to anti-harassment organizations.
  • A Rainy Day in New York, originally expected to debut this year, is still without a release date.

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~Eowyn

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Too bad, so sad: #LapDogMedia MSNBC spiraling down in ratings

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NY Times: Rachel Maddow, the biggest star on the MSNBC cable network, just posted her lowest quarterly ratings results ever. “Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s signature morning program, scored its second-lowest quarterly ratings, reaching an average of just 87,000 viewers in the key news demographic group.

And “Ronan Farrow Daily,” the network’s heavily promoted new afternoon show, which stars a 26-year-old Rhodes Scholar with a high-profile Hollywood lineage, has been largely a dud.

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Though it has mostly happened quietly, which may be a comment on the cable network’s larger status in the media landscape, MSNBC has seen its ratings hit one of the deepest skids in its history, with the recently completed third quarter of 2014 generating some record lows.

Phil Griffin and his "star"...

Phil Griffin and his “star”…


Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, acknowledged that his network had been struggling, but put it in the context of the overall drop in cable news. “This has been a tough year all around,” he said. “All three cable news channels are drawing a smaller combined audience than they were five years ago.(He must not be including Fox News in his statement: “In addition to being the most-watched basic cable network for the 2014 quarter in primetime, Fox News Channel saw across-the-board growth vs. Q3 2013. FNC was up +2% in viewers and up +4% in the A25-54 demo for total day viewing and up +10% in viewers and up +11% in the demo in primetime.)  He also emphasized that despite the plunge that caused it to trail CNN in the last quarter, the network remained ahead of CNN for the full year.

In the past, MSNBC’s ratings have typically fallen during times of intensely followed major news events. The current period is awash in them, with stories like ISIS and Ebola commanding a high degree of international reporting. This plays well to CNN’s strengths.

MSNBC consciously established its brand as politics-centric, approaching stories from a left-of-center viewpoint, in deliberate contrast to the right-of-center approach of Fox News, which continues to dominate the news channel ratings. At the same time, MSNBC moved away from a close relationship with NBC News that it had during the early years of the network. Today, fewer NBC News correspondents appear on MSNBC.

Mr. Griffin said that a general apathy about American politics has also hurt the network. “You can look at the dysfunction in Washington, the wariness about politics, the low approval ratings,” he said. “That’s had an impact. But we’ve got to adjust; we’ve got to evolve.”

MSNBC’s recent results have not been encouraging. During the third quarter, Ms. Maddow reached an average of 183,000 viewers in the audience component that most matters to MSNBC’s advertisers, viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, her lowest total since she started her show in 2008.

More worrying is the slide for “Morning Joe,” which has, for much of its time on the air, enjoyed status as one of the most talked-about shows in media industry circles. Now the heat around the show seems to have dissipated. For four straight months, and six of the last eight, “Morning Joe” has trailed CNN’s new morning entry, “New Day.”

One longtime news executive who has worked for both network and cable news organizations said the problem with “Morning Joe” was partly a broader issue with MSNBC. “ ‘Morning Joe’ has been hurt because no one is tuning in to watch the channel now; they go right by,” he said. “The show took its eye off the ball, but you can’t discount the fact that nobody is watching the channel.”

The executive, who asked not to be identified because of potential future business with MSNBC, said Ms. Maddow remains a draw, but her format has grown tired. “In terms of Rachel, everybody knows every night what she’s going to say,” he said. “The network just doesn’t surprise you.”

MSNBC’s other numbers are no prettier. Over all in prime time, MSNBC, which for years had squashed CNN head-to-head on weeknights, has recently dropped consistently behind that network. The falloff over the last five years is stark. In the first quarter of 2009, MSNBC averaged 392,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic for its weeknight lineup. In the third quarter of this year, the number was down to 125,000.

The network’s newest prime-time host, Chris Hayes, also hit a low in the third quarter, averaging 129,000 viewers in the 25-54 category, his worst since his show began in the second quarter of 2013.

The median age of the MSNBC viewer has also ticked upward. Five years ago it was 58; now it is 61. CNN has edged down a bit, from 62 five years ago to 59. Fox News has aged from 65 to 68.

On Monday and Friday of last week, only one MSNBC show all day, “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, even topped 100,000 viewers in that 25-54 group. And the daytime numbers are much worse. Mr. Farrow’s show averaged just 45,000 viewers in the preferred group, down 51 percent from other programming in the same slot last year.

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Some of the losses at MSNBC reflect a drift away from cable news channels in general, as Mr. Griffin noted. Over the last five years, Fox News and CNN are both down 13 percent in total audience in prime time; MSNBC is down 21 percent. Fox has little to worry about because its numbers so dwarf the others. CNN has responded with a new strategy that mixes its traditional hard news approach with a regular lineup of pre-produced original series. It had a major success last week with the latest of them, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” with Mike Rowe.

As for MSNBC, Mr. Griffin remained optimistic despite the challenges. He defended the network’s approach, but also hinted that it had to broaden its programming beyond politics. “We have a good brand, a strong brand,” he said. “But we’ve got to get outside Washington and open up our aperture a little.”

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Ratings may sink Ronan Farrow’s show on MSNBC

Shocker, another "journalist" failing at MSNBC...

Shocker, another “journalist” failing at MSNBC…

NY Daily News: Ronan Farrow’s MSNBC talk show is facing cancellation amid poor ratings, sources exclusively tell Confidenti@l.

Farrow, 28 — the opinionated, blue-eyed son of actress Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra (even Farrow’s not sure which) has been a disaster for MSNBC. The channel took the frequent cable-show guest and handed him his own program, “Ronan Farrow Daily,” which premiered in late February.

“He sort of stinks on TV,” an MSNBC source told Confidenti@l. “He hasn’t turned out to be the superstar they were hoping for.”

The theory was that Farrow, a Rhodes scholar who graduated college when he was 15 and went on to score degrees from Yale and Oxford, would bring his 245,000 Twitter followers with him to television. “But that hasn’t happened,” the source said. “Just because someone is a boy genius-turned-Twitter star doesn’t mean they deserve their own TV show.”

Last Wednesday, Farrow drew an average of about 312,000 total viewers, which might be stellar for Twitter but “is rather measly for someone who is supposed to be a major national personality,” another source said.

Even worse: Wednesday’s show was 708th among all programming ranked by Nielsen, in both total viewers and the 18-to-49 age group advertisers covet. The midnight airing of “Baggage” on the Game Show Network came in ahead of it, at No. 707, and the 8 a.m. “Golden Girls” on the Hallmark Channel (No. 700) crushed it.

Farrow, who has also worked for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Obama administration, has looked uncomfortable on camera and often stumbles over his words. His lack of TV experience was especially apparent last week during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” in which he seemed to have trouble linking sentences.

A source defending him said: “Half the time Ronan has been on the air, the missing plane has dominated daytime TV.”

Farrow is just the latest fiasco for MSNBC, following Keith Olbermann’s exit and the cancellation of Alec Baldwin’s talk show after his use of a homophobic slur during a run-in with a photographer.

In what may be a revealing slip, Farrow tweeted Sunday: “Waking up to another crushing day of not being Oprah.”

A rep for MSNBC issued a statement similar to what the network said before canceling Baldwin’s show: “This is simply not true. We’re happy with the debut of ‘Ronan Farrow Daily’ and the show’s progress this first month. MSNBC will continue to support Ronan and his team as they develop and grow the program.”

A rep for Farrow declined to comment.

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Woody Allen got a special Father's Day present

Woody Allen is the famous movie director who’s infamous for cheating on his long-time partner actress Mia Farrow with Farrow’s daughter, Soon-Yi.
On Father’s Day 2012, Woody received this Father’s Day tweet from his son, Ronan, which mom Mia then promptly re-tweeted:

Eileen Murphy reports for ABCNews, June 18, 2012, that 24-year-old Ronan Farrow, named Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow when he was born in 1987, is the sole biological child of Woody and Mia.
Woody and Ronan have been estranged for years since his parents split and because Woody was dating  (and later married) Soon-Yi Previn, Mia’s adopted daughter, who is also Ronan’s step-sister.
Ronan has been quoted in the past as saying about Woody: “He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression.”
Soon-Yi has said that she never considered Allen her father or even a father figure, noting that Andrew Previn, Farrow’s former husband was her adoptive father.
Ronan is currently serving as special adviser to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues and director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues office.
Mia Farrow was briefly married to Sinatra from 1966 to 1968. Mia then married musician Andre Previn in 1970; had three biological children and adopted three, including 8-year-old Soon-Yi in 1978. Mia and Andre divorced in 1979. The next year, in 1980, Mia began “seeing” Woody, when Soon-Yi was 10 years old. In 1987, Mia gave birth to Ronan. Five years later, in January 1992, Mia discovered that her 57-year-old partner, Woody, was having a sexual relationship with Soon-Yi when Mia accidentally came across nude pictures Woody had taken of Soon-Yi.
Did you follow that? LOL
Here’s a composite I made of Ronan Farrow (top left), Woody Allen (top right), a young Mia Farrow (bottom left), and a young Frank Sinatra (bottom right).

Remarkable resemblance between Ronan and Sinatra, isn’t it? Hmmm…..
Let us not forget what Woody Allen said on May 18, 2010:

It would be good…if (Obama) could be dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly. I am pleased with Obama. I think he is brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him.”

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