Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow is the detailed account of the investigative journalism that Farrow did to uncover the decades of assault and abuse of women by Harvey Weinstein. He began this story as an employee at NBC and eventually published his work at The New Yorker. His work on this story helped to spark the #MeToo movement and encouraged many women in various industries with untold or unbelieved stories to come forward. At this end of this work there were executives and lead reporters at multiple companies who stood accused of various acts against women. The lengths at which companies went to bury these stories or “catch and kill” them was intense and absurd.
Farrow claims to have had this word “exhaustively vetted” by a senior fact checker at The New Yorker and the last 8% of the book was notes and references to his research. That said, this book was written by a journalist speaking out about journalists not reporting all the facts, so while I think that most of this book is accurately portrayed, it’s hard for me to believe that every single minute detail is factual and true. I’m not saying the women’s claims are false by any means! I just have a hard time with some of the other details uncovered in this book. #notanewswatcher
Anyways, if you have wanted more detailed information about Hollywood and coverups, you would like this book. It’s very journalism/research driven so it was not a quick read.