How Ronan Farrow pressured New York Magazine about Soon-Yi profile

New York, February 2018. Ronan Farrow talks at the American Magazine Media Conference 2 (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for The Association of Magazine Media)

On Sept. 16, 2018, New York Magazine published Introducing Soon-Yi Previn a profile of Mia Farrow’s daughter and Woody Allen’s wife written by Daphne Merkin.

On Sept. 20, the Italian Newspaper, Rivista Studio, published an interview with Daphne Merkin in which she reveals how Ronan Farrow pressured New York magazine to edit Soon Yi’s interview. The interview with Merkin was conducted by Italian journalist Guia Soncini. Below are some excerpts translated into English by Rominaricci.”

 

About Ronan Farrow

“He’s considered the golden boy, the enfant prodige of the moment, and the New Yorker has given him a lot of new visibility and prestige. Therefore, few dare to point out the question of his personal bias in this case as something valid.”

“I wrote that I’ve known Woody Allen for forty years, but Ronan dug out an old essay I’d published about the idolatry of famous people, and I had once written a fan letter to Allen. So I was forced to declare my friendship with Woody, even though we see each other no more than twice a year.”

“I don’t know what Ronan and my editor talked about, but I was subsequently in the legal department of the magazine three hours, fighting hard for every line I wrote, and sadly I had to give up a lot.”

 

About Moses Farrow

“I was forced to remove the message written to Moses by his teacher, where she said she admired him for his bravery.”

 

About Mia Farrow

“I was forced to remove that when Mia found Soon Yi’s photos, she beat her with the phone and kicked her. For my story, Mia admitted (via Ronan) only to have slapped her, and to omit what I wrote, because there weren’t other witnesses. They asked about witnesses watching Mia throwing things against Soon Yi, I answered it was Soon Yi’s story, they were alone. It’s her story, I can’t tell something else.”

“I searched for Mia, and asked if she wanted to answer to the charges regarding her treatment of Soon Yi, but she didn’t answer me. But Ronan called the director of New York Magazine, it’s unheard of!”

“Mia isn’t maternal. She’s considered an example of maternity because people can’t see the complexities of the pantomime she’s carrying on. They think she’s Mother Teresa, feeding orphans.”

 

About Mob Justice

“Official Justice has no chance against the furious social media army. As I was writing, I spoke with a Harvard lecturer, and asked how it was possible, considering WA’s official innocence after the investigation. She answered that people have the right to their opinions outside the court of Justice.”

Woody Allen Mob Lynching

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