Ronan Farrow became a brandname in journalism when he outed how superlawyer David Boies facilitated spying on Harvey Weinstein accusers as well as journalists. Here is that breakthrough article in The New Yorker.
It may have put in play a restructuring of the law firm Boies founded - Boies Schiller Flexner. And, at least one account was lost. That was the New York Times Co.
Now, Farrow has struck again. This time his target is Donald Trump. Here is that article in The New Yorker, which came out today.
The focus is on:
- Alleged consensual affairs with women when married to Melania. One is Karen McDougal, time period June 2006 through April 2007.
- How the relationships were conducted to minimize a paper trial. For example, meals were consumed in private bungalows.
- The non-disclosure agreements the women signed. Now they, including former porn star Stormy Daniels, are balking about surrendering their legal rights.
- The catch and kill arrangements with gossip media to not publish content about those sexual encounters.
If what Farrow asserts is an accurate outing of Trump's sexual activities, as a married man, it really is not a new narrative.
The tale has become a familiar one associated with males who have power and/or wealth. The most recent high-profile one had been Bill Clinton, before, during, and after he was U.S. President.
So, allegedly, Trump is a womanizer who cheats on his wife. By this point in history, the public likely won't be outraged on a moral basis. The concern should be that this man, who would become U.S. president, opened himself to blackmail. That's the bottom line on these sorts of things: fear of blackmail and how that can compromise the leader's decision-making.
What also does get attention is the detailed description of how infidelity is maintained as a secret by those who have the resources to do that. Probably even some who are savvy about how media operate were unaware of the extent of the use of catch and kill arrangements.
The third issue is The Marriage.
All eyes are now turned to what could be called "Scenes from a Marriage."
Will a humiliated wife distance herself from her husband?
On the television series by that title, Alicia Florrick initially took on that role of supportive spouse.
But then she went on to become a formidable lawyer and politico in her own right.
Melania can leverage what might turn out to be a crisis in her marriage into a career gold mine. The sympathy is always there for the betrayed partner.
Or Melania can take the money and stay, as it is alleged Rose Kennedy did.
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