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Ronan Farrow’s New Book to Reportedly Reveal Why NBC Didn’t Run His Weinstein Exposé

Ronan Farrow’s New Book to Reportedly Reveal Why NBC Didn’t Run His Weinstein Exposé
Ronan Farrow is working on another exposé. This one will be in the form of a book called “Catch and Kill,” which will expand on his investigation into sexual misconduct in Hollywood as well as reportedly reveal why NBC didn’t publish his bombshell investigative piece on disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein that ultimately ran in The New Yorker.

“Ronan Farrow’s wrenching investigative journalism has given voice to sexual abuse survivors and shaken the conscience of our culture,” Little, Brown publisher Reagan Arthur said in a statement. “But, despite the enormity of the conversation his reporting helped ignite, some of
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Trevor Noah (and ‘Daily Show’ WiFi) Claim Partial Credit for Eric Schneiderman’s Downfall

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Trevor Noah (and ‘Daily Show’ WiFi) Claim Partial Credit for Eric Schneiderman’s Downfall
If “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is right, he can share partial credit for the lightning-quick downfall of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Well, kinda.

Ronan Farrow, who co-wrote with Jane Mayer the New Yorker story in which four women accused Schneiderman of sexual abuse, was the show’s guest on Monday. And according to Noah on Tuesday’s show, Farrow apparently filed the final draft just before taping his segment.

Noah related how in the green room before filming, Farrow finished and filed a story with his editor. Farrow didn’t say what the story was, but, well, you saw the news yesterday.

“I had no idea he was ending an attorney general’s career over our wifi,” Noah joked. “And since I pay for the wifi I’d like to think that I did my part.”

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The story came in the middle of a lengthy “The Daily Show” segment about Schneiderman, who resigned just three hours after the story was published.

Earlier, Noah noted that “the reason the story is getting so much attention is that Eric Schneiderman isn’t just the New York attorney general, but because he’s a national figure now, he’s one of the biggest opponents of President Trump’s agenda… and more than that, because Schneiderman presented himself as an advocate for women.”

Cue video of Schneiderman speaking publicly in support of women reporting sexual abuse.

“It seems this guy was trying to put Harvey Weinstein in jail while abusing women himself. This is like finding out that Robert Mueller has been taking secret vacations with Putin,” said Noah.

Later in the segment, “The Daily Show” correspondent Dulcé Sloan, who said of Schneiderman: “I think this guy is Christian Grey. Only without the looks. Without the money. Without the consent.”

Watch the whole clip above.

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Eric Schneiderman’s Resignation Won’t Sideline Weinstein Case, Acting Ag Says

Eric Schneiderman’s Resignation Won’t Sideline Weinstein Case, Acting Ag Says
The civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company will continue despite its chief architect, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, stepping down on Tuesday after being accused of physical abuse by multiple women.

“Our office has never been stronger, and this extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and tireless team of public servants will ensure that our work continues without interruption,” said acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood in a statement to TheWrap.

Schneiderman, who in February filed a civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, was accused of abusing four women, including two who agreed to be named by the New Yorker, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam. The women told the magazine that Schneiderman “repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent,” New Yorker writers Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow reported on Monday.

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“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” Schneiderman said in a statement that night. “While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”

The Schneiderman-led lawsuit had pushed for restitution for those claiming Weinstein abused them. The suit also aimed to stop any sales of The Weinstein Company that didn’t include a compensation fund or remove executives accused of harassment. Schneiderman had argued the company’s toxicity stretched beyond Weinstein, encompassing employees from all levels of the company to ensure silence from his accusers.

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“Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched,” said Schneiderman in February. “Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear.”

Barish and Selvaratnam, the two women named in the New Yorker article, said they didn’t go to the police with their claims, but said they eventually received “medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked.”

Schneiderman defended his conduct as “role playing and other consensual sexual activity” undertaken “in the privacy of intimate relationships” in a statement prior to his resignation Monday night. He denied committing assault and said he has “never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”

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New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns After 4 Women Accuse Him of Physical Abuse

New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns After 4 Women Accuse Him of Physical Abuse
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was accused of nonconsensual physical violence by four women on Monday, leading to his resignation.

Schneiderman, who filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein in the wake of multiple sexual harassment accusations, resigned from office four hours after the news broke in a story co-written by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker. Farrow won the Pulitzer Prize for his previous report on Weinstein’s sexual harassment accusations.

In a statement released on Monday, Schneiderman, 63, announced his resignation saying, “It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General of
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Eric Schneiderman, Anti-Weinstein Prosecutor, Accused of Abusing 4 Women; He Claims ‘Role-Playing’ in Defense

Eric Schneiderman, Anti-Weinstein Prosecutor, Accused of Abusing 4 Women; He Claims ‘Role-Playing’ in Defense
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who took on Harvey Weinstein after reports of the disgraced mogul’s sexual misconduct, now faces allegations of his own: Four women have accused him of nonconsensual physical violence, the New Yorker reports.

Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, told the magazine that Schneiderman “repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent,” New Yorker writers Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow reported on Monday. Neither woman took the accusations to police at the time, “but both say that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked,” the magazine said.

Selvaratnam said Schneiderman warned that he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and both women said he threatened to kill them if they dumped him. A spokesman for Schneiderman, 63, said he “never made any of these threats.”

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“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

A third ex-romantic partner of Schneiderman’s told the two women who came forward that he also repeatedly abused her, but that she was afraid to speak out, The New Yorker said. The magazine said it had independently vetted the accounts that Manning Barish and Selvaratnam provided of the third woman’s accusations.

A fourth woman said that when she rebuffed an advance by Schneiderman, he slapped her across the face, leaving a mark that remained until the next day. She screamed and began to cry, the magazine said. Though she asked not to be identified, the magazine said, she provided the reporters with a photograph documenting the injury.

On Feb. 11, four months after the New York Times and New Yorker published accounts of widespread sexual harassment and abuse by Weinstein, Schneiderman filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging “egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws.” The suit named The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein and his brother and co-founder, Bob Weinstein.

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The lawsuit accused Weinstein of doing some of the things the women now say Schneiderman did to them. Among other things, Schneiderman’s complaint contended that Harvey Weinstein told employees “I will kill you” or “I will kill your family,” or words to that effect.

The New Yorker noted that women’s groups have praised Schneiderman for his activism on behalf of feminist causes. But Manning Barish said that support is a lie. “You cannot be a champion of women when you are hitting them and choking them in bed, and saying to them, ‘You’re a f—ing whore,’ ” she told the magazine.

She said of Schneiderman’s involvement in the Weinstein case, “How can you put a perpetrator in charge of the country’s most important sexual-assault case?”

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Both Manning Barish and Selvaratnam are feminist progressives who, like, Schneiderman, are Democrats. Schneiderman, a former state senator, was first elected as New York Attorney General in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 — winning both times with 56 percent of the vote.

In addition to suing Weinstein, Schneiderman has also targeted President Donald Trump. Last month, he moved to change New York state law so that prosecutors could still bring charges against any White House aides Trump may attempt to pardon. Schneiderman led the investigation of Trump University that resulted in a $25 million settlement soon after Trump was elected.

Trump has called Schneiderman “the nation’s worst Ag” and accused him of wearing “Revlon eyeliner.”

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Trump Joked Pence ‘Wants to Hang’ Gay People

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Trump Joked Pence ‘Wants to Hang’ Gay People
On Monday The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer dropped a lengthy warning about the consequences of Mike Pence becoming President of the United States. Buried deep inside was a revealing nugget, recounting how two sources recalled Donald Trump “joking” that his number two man wanted to kill Lgbt Americans. Also Read: Mike Pence Leaves NFL Game Because Players Knelt During National Anthem Per the New Yorker: Two sources also recalled Trump needling Pence about his views on abortion and homosexuality. During a meeting with a legal scholar, Trump belittled Pence’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade. The legal scholar had said that,
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Anthony Scaramucci Slams Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon in Explicit Interview — and the Internet Is Loving It

In a stunning new interview with the New Yorker magazine‘s Ryan Lizza, new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci unleashed a full, on-the-record tirade against several members of the Trump administration — and threatened to fire his own staff.

Lizza said that he received a call from Scaramucci –whose hiring was announced the same day that Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation after just six months – late Wednesday night after he’d tweeted that the new communications director was dining with President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Sean Hannity and former Fox News executive Bill Shine at the White House.
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FCC Chairman Taps Veteran Of Koch-Supported Think Tank To Be Chief Economist

FCC chairman Ajit Pai turned today to a research fellow at a Koch Industries-supported think tank to serve as the agency’s chief economist. Jerry Ellig has worked since 1996 at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, which bills itself as “the world's premier university source for market-oriented ideas.” In a major 2010 story about Charles and David Koch’s influence in what she called the “war against Obama,” The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer said that controversial…
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Film Review: Get Me Roger Stone (2017): Shedding Light On The Prince Of Darkness

  Get Me Roger Stone Review Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Film Review, a movie directed by Dylan Bank, Daniel Dimaurio, and Morgan Pehme, and starring Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Jeffrey Toobin, Tucker Carlson, Jane Mayer, Wayne Barrett, Harry Siegel, Alex Jones, Matt LabashNydia Stone, Charlie BlackMichael Caputo, and Hillary Clinton. One of [...]

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The ‘24’ Effect: How ‘Liberal Hollywood’ Carried Water For Torture

The ‘24’ Effect: How ‘Liberal Hollywood’ Carried Water For Torture
Bashing “liberal Hollywood” and out-of-touch celebrities has become a favorite sport among conservatives. But those seeking to defend the Bush administration in light of the recent Torture Report — and that’s mostly conservatives — could hardly have had a better ally than the images of torture in TV and movies, particularly in the face of “ticking-bomb scenarios.”

Fox’s “24,” naturally comes to mind, and the movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” which was criticized for its depiction of torture as a likely asset in locating Osama Bin Laden. Surprisingly, director Kathryn Bigelow seemed tongue-tied when Jon Stewart benignly asked her about the film during a recent appearance promoting another project in the wake of the Torture Report’s conclusions.

The practice has been employed in other series as well – such as “Sons of Anarchy,” “Scandal” and “Homeland” – and countless movies, with the bad guys using it (see various Quentin Tarantino films) as well as the ostensible good guys.
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The ‘24’ Effect: How ‘Liberal Hollywood’ Carried Water For Torture

The ‘24’ Effect: How ‘Liberal Hollywood’ Carried Water For Torture
Bashing “liberal Hollywood” and out-of-touch celebrities has become a favorite sport among conservatives. But those seeking to defend the Bush administration in light of the recent Torture Report — and that’s mostly conservatives — could hardly have had a better ally than the images of torture in TV and movies, particularly in the face of “ticking-bomb scenarios.”

Fox’s “24,” naturally comes to mind, and the movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” which was criticized for its depiction of torture as a likely asset in locating Osama Bin Laden. Surprisingly, director Kathryn Bigelow seemed tongue-tied when Jon Stewart benignly asked her about the film during a recent appearance promoting another project in the wake of the Torture Report’s conclusions.

The practice has been employed in other series as well – such as “Sons of Anarchy,” “Scandal” and “Homeland” – and countless movies, with the bad guys using it (see various Quentin Tarantino films) as well as the ostensible good guys.
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Should Documentary Filmmakers Expect to Really Speak to Power?

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Should Documentary Filmmakers Expect to Really Speak to Power?
When Ifp announced that Itvs's Claire Aguilar, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, the filmmakers behind "Citizen Koch," and Mette Hoffman Meyer, an executive who works in Danish television and who executive produced Alex Gibney's "Park Avenue" as a part of the multinational programming initiative "Why Poverty?," would all be gathering to talk about films that speak to power, it was obvious what they were trying to do. The panel was perfectly framed to respond to the recent New Yorker article by Jane Mayer that detailed the ways that public broadcasting may be in danger of being bought off by certain private funders. The funding promised to Lessin and Deal for "Citizen Koch" from Itvs, a documentary production company that gets funded primarily from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, was famously taken from them when they revealed the title for their film would reference David Koch, the billionaire funder of
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'Citizen Koch' Filmmakers Set Sights on $150,000 Crowdfunding Goal

'Citizen Koch' Filmmakers Set Sights on $150,000 Crowdfunding Goal
After hitting an initial crowdfunding goal of $75,000 within days, a grassroots effort to recoup financing for Citizen Koch could rake in double that figure by the time the project's Kickstarter closes on Aug. 8. It currently sits at $140,000 in pledged funds from 2,779 backers. The doc premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, but it received more attention in late May when Jane Mayer's New Yorker article arrived, detailing how the film saw $150,000 in public television funding vanish in April due to billionaire industrialist David Koch's influence as a trustee on the board of the

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Koch Brothers Protests Put Pressure on Tribune Co., Even If It Is ‘Premature’

Koch Brothers Protests Put Pressure on Tribune Co., Even If It Is ‘Premature’
As public interest groups, progressive orgs and Writers Guild of America, East members rallied on Wednesday against the prospect that conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch would buy Tribune Co. or the Los Angeles Times, the official word is that such a scenario is “premature.”

According to sources, the company has yet to field any bids. But the noise that has been drummed up in recent weeks is aimed at nipping in the bud any bid by the progressive movement’s favorite boogeymen, and perhaps at encouraging civic-minded leaders to organize an effort to make a lofty play for the Times.

“This is really about the Tribune Co. board of directors deciding that it is not in the best interest of shareholders to sell to the ideologically driven Koch Brothers, which would end journalism at the fourth largest newspaper in the country,” said Rick Jacobs, the founder of the Courage Campaign,
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Why Did Itvs Take Away Funding from a Sundance Film It Had a Deal With?

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In the New Yorker this week, journalist Jane Mayer asks if San Francisco-based Itvs was cowed by pressure from a former PBS board member, the incredibly wealthy philanthropist David Koch. The story Mayer tells starts with last fall's airing of Alex Gibney's film "Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream," which implicates many of the so-called 1% who buy political influence.  Much of Gibney's film centers on the inhabitants of 740 Park Avenue, including one of the country's richest businesspeople, Koch. Koch has recently gained notoriety for funding many of the super Pac's that have been greatly affecting American politics in recent years.  He is also a primary focus in Sundance 2013 film, "Citizen Koch," from "Trouble the Water" filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. That film, it turns out, had a deal to receive funding from Itvs, the San Francisco-based funder whose work often end up on PBS.  After the screening
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Wikileaks' Manning Curiously Missing from Greenwald's Documentary About U.S. Government's Persecution of Whistleblowers

Wikileaks' Manning Curiously Missing from Greenwald's Doc About the United States Government's Attacks on Whistleblowers In 2006, after getting stonewalled in his effort to expose critical flaws in the Deepwater program (designed to modernize the Coast Guard fleet), former Lockheed Martin project manager Michael DeKort made his case in a YouTube video. Only then did the issue get noticed, leading to improvements in Coast Guard safety. Pictured above: Thomas Drake, one of the whistleblowers featured in the documentary. It also led to DeKort spending years defending himself from those trying to discredit him. Indeed, this is where Greenwald’s film cashes in on what little indignation it generates. A lone civilian is seemingly no match against deep-pocketed forces that will do anything to protect their interests, even if -- especially if -- the whistleblower’s claims are accurate. Towards the end of the film, Thomas Drake, the former Nsa senior executive
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Zero Dark Thirty, the CIA and film critics have a very bad evening | Glenn Greenwald

The stigma attached to the pro-torture CIA propaganda vehicle, beloved by film critics, results in Oscar humiliation

Just a few months ago, the consensus of the establishment press and the nation's (shockingly large) community of film critics was that Zero Dark Thirty was the best film of the year and the clear (and well-deserved) front-runner to win the most significant Academy Awards. "Ok, folks, you can plan something else for Oscar Night 2013 . . . . Zero Dark Thirty will win Best Picture and Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow)," pronounced Time Magazine's Richard Corliss. "'Zero Dark Thirty' and Kathryn Bigelow won major critics' prizes on Sunday, confirming the Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller as an Oscar frontrunner," said Entertainment Weekly. The film "looks like the movie to beat right now" as the critics' awards "landscape is dominated by Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty,'" reported the Washington Post's Jen Chaney.

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Zero Dark Thirty: historically dubious?

While Kathryn Bigelow's film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden has been ridiculed for its Arabic dialogue, CIA secrecy prevents historians from fully assessing its accuracy

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Entertainment grade: B–

History grade: C

Osama bin Laden was the leading figure in al-Qaida. His involvement with terrorist activity, particularly the attacks of 11 September 2001, made him one of the FBI's most wanted men. He was assassinated by an American special forces unit in Pakistan on 2 May 2011.

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Setting itself up as a harder-edged and slightly less bonkers version of Homeland, Zero Dark Thirty follows Maya (Jessica Chastain), a fiercely driven, socially awkward CIA agent, on her pursuit of Osama bin Laden. She seems to be inspired by a real agent known as 'Jen' in No Easy Day, an account of the assassination mission written by former Navy Seal Mark Bissonnette under the pseudonym Mark Owen. How much resemblance Maya bears to reality – indeed,
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Kathryn Bigelow: drama queen who captured Osama | Observer profile

As an action woman in a medium ruled by men, the Oscar-winning director has always bucked convention. But does her new film about the hunt for Bin Laden defend the use of torture?

Next month, the new Kathryn Bigelow movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden opens in British cinemas. It's called Zero Dark Thirty and it arrives in eye-catching style, trailing a great noisy convoy of criticism, praise and controversy.

When production was first announced, several Republican politicians and various rightwing groups accused the film of being a propaganda weapon for the re-election of Barack Obama; the idea was that a film about the apprehension and killing of Bin Laden would reflect well on the president.

The conservative watchdog Judicial Watch claimed that the Obama administration had unfairly and improperly given Bigelow and her writer-co-producer, Mark Boal, access to classified information. And a Republican-directed pressure group, involving former CIA officers,
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The Monitor Mentality, or A Means to an End Becomes an End in Itself: Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty"

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"We don't know what we don't know."

"What the fuck does that mean?"

"It's a tautology."

The protagonists of Zero Dark Thirty debate logic and theory. They are less spies and more espionage critics; they take copious notes, trade interrogation DVDs, and analyze their targets’ actions in terms of intention and authorship. Everything is founded on some kind of theoretical framework. Everything can be intellectualized. “We don’t deal in certainty,” one CIA operative says, “we deal in probability.”

What emerges is a portrait of modern warfare as an elaborate technocracy. Torture, surveillance, and enemy action are all treated as data, which is then used to calculate probabilities. These probabilities form the bases for future actions, which yield more data. The cycle goes on and on and on.

Kathryn Bigelow's new movie has a lot in common with another ambitious film released this year by a major American filmmaker
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