Ronan Farrow, the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has made quite a name for himself with his investigative reporting revealing how rich and powerful men prey on women. He is responsible for taking down Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood uber-producer who, while making some iconic movies, seemed to regard the entertainment business as his happy hunting ground where women were concerned. Weinstein was not finicky about whether they were attracted to him or not.
Indeed, if any man can be said to be responsible for the #MeToo movement, it is Ronan Farrow.
The Washington Times reports that Farrow was recently on Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time” where he had something interesting to share.
“Asked by HBO ‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher if the former president could have survived sexual misconduct allegations in today’s political climate, Mr. Farrow replied, ‘Bill Clinton is a different conversation.’
“’He has been credibly accused of rape,’ Mr. Farrow said during a Friday panel discussion. ‘That has nothing to do with gray areas. I think that the Juanita Broaddrick claim has been overdue for revisiting.’”
Farrow was referring to an alleged incident that took place in the late 1970s, which first came to light 20 years later during the Clinton impeachment process. According to Broaddrick, then a young, Democratic activist, them Arkansas State Attorney General Bill Clinton lured her to a hotel room and violently raped her. She revealed the incident in a televised interview on “Dateline NBC” just two weeks after the Senate voted to acquit President Clinton on the impeachment charged of perjury and obstruction of justice related to his sexual harassment of another woman, Paula Jones.
Broaddrick’s story, at the time, elicited a great deal of eye-rolling by the media. Farrow believes that had the story dropped today, the reaction would have been different. Indeed, it is past time that the Broaddrick rape story and all the other unsavory parts of Bill Clinton’s sexual history be revisited.
Broaddrick’s story, among others, has continued to dog the Clintons long after the Bill Clinton presidency ended. During at least one of the 2016 presidential debates, Fox News host Sean Hannity arranged for four women who had been victimized by the Clintons to sit on the front row as a kind of psychological warfare against the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Ms. Clinton has been credibly accused of helping to cover up her husband’s alleged sex crimes.
Ms. Broaddrick, for her part, was glad that Farrow brought up the story, according to Fox News. While she realizes that Bill Clinton will never see the inside of a jail for what she said he did to her, the statute of limitations having long past, Broaddrick believes some kind of justice might be served. So far, the only thing that former President Clinton has suffered is naming and shaming by his various alleged victims and their supporters.
The Daily Caller reached out to various former Clinton administration officials to comment about Farrow’s observations. The conservative news magazine has thus been met with a deafening silence.
Farrow’s remarks come at an inconvenient time for Hillary Clinton, whom Broaddrick accused of trying to intimidate her into silence. Ms. Clinton, without a hint of irony, has expressed support for the #MeToo movement. Besides the unsavory associations with her husband and his alleged sex crimes. Ms. Clinton was a friend of Harvey Weinstein, one of her and her husband’s most prominent political supporters in Hollywood.
Hillary Clinton is said to be toying with the idea of entering the 2020 presidential race. A recent Fox News poll suggests that she would edge President Trump out, at least in the popular vote. The electoral college vote, as Clinton must remember from 2016, is quite another matter,
However, Farrow, a member in good standing of the mainstream media, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s history of being a sexual predator, has raised her husband’s unsavory sexual history. It does not take a clever political pundit to figure out that Bill Clinton’s record would become an instant issue.
While President Trump, who has been dogged with stories of his alleged sexual misconduct, would nevertheless not feel an iota of shame bringing up Ms. Clinton’s husband, other Democrats might also not hold back. Some of the other women in the race, Elizabeth Warren or, especially, former prosecutor Kamala Harris, could credibly call on Ms. Clinton on her efforts to facilitate her husband’s alleged sex crimes.
The denial of Hillary Clinton even a chance of the presidency might be said to be the justice Junita Broaddrick is looking for.