Earlier this month, while promoting his book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow alleged that individuals like disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and President Donald Trump have regularly used a tactic called “catch and release,” wherein they pair up with media companies to buy the rights of stories that would be damaging to their characters for the sole purpose of never actually having them get reported to the public.
Weinstein’s actions transcended the globe in its scope, Farrow alleged, according to an interview earlier this month with NPR. “Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys…signed a contract with this Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube explicitly tasking secret agents with killing reporting on Harvey Weinstein,” the journalist explained. “There was a full-on international espionage operation that was built up around this.”
Farrow also claimed to have run into several situations where he saw Trump had done the same thing, with the help of the National Enquirer and its then-parent company, American Media Inc.
“I personally reported a number of stories about cases in which AMI sought or actually did buy the rights to a story in order to get rid of it during the election, and that subsequently has become the subject of a serious criminal investigation,” Farrow said.
The scope of how many stories AMI helped Trump “catch and kill” remained a mystery for quite some time — until Wednesday night. During an interview with Stephen Colbert on his late-night television program this week, Farrow revealed that he actually saw the list of “killed” stories on Trump that AMI has, Newsweek reported.
National Enquirer buried 60 damaging stories about Trump before election, says Ronan Farrow https://t.co/Z9MpCTRHL3
— THE TAO OF NOW (@InTheNoosphere) October 24, 2019
Farrow said while researching his latest book, he saw “a master list of all the historical dirt that was about Trump in the AMI archives.” He also claimed that this was the first time “any journalist has seen it.”
It contained “about 60 stories” that AMI had secured the rights for but never published, according to Farrow.
“The story here is that they made this list, they were working with Trump, and right before the election, they shred a bunch of stuff on it,” the journalist noted.
Farrow came across the list while researching his upcoming book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.” Farrow won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize award for his exposé on sexual assault allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
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