February 9th, 2014
01:04 PM ET

Publishing the Dylan Farrow letter

Should the New York Times have published Farrow’s letter reiterating child molestation accusations against Woody Allen? Dylan Byers, Robin Abcarian and Brian Stelter discuss.

Filed under: Blog • Dylan Farrow • New York Times • Woody Allen
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  1. Michael

    I thought this story was very unfair to Mr. Allen. The underlying subtext is that Mr. Allen sexually abused his daughter, and the media is not adequately covering the story. But when the abuse charges were investigated by state authorities, they found that these accusations were unfounded and dropped the case. However, listening to the Reliable Sources story on CNN, you don't hear a word about this; instead, the audience is told how the powerful manage to avoid scrutiny for their terrible behavior. The main argument being made by Dylan Farrow, the ostensible son of Mr. Allen (Ms. Farrow has stated publicly that she actually believes he is the son of Frank Sinatra) is that his sister remembers the incidences of "abuse", and this should be taken at face value. But the context in which it occurred was a very bitter break-up between Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (occasioned by his having an affair with Ms. Farrow's adopted daughter with Andre Previn), and it well known that in bitter divorces/breakups, one has to very skeptical of charges by the wife/paramour of sexual abuse charges, particularly when the children involved are young and very much under the influence of the mother who almost always has custody of the child, In such circumstances, it is very easy for the mother to influence the child and even plant memories to accomplish their goals. Which is why investigators ultimately ruled that the charges against Mr. Allen were unfounded. Again though, not a word of this mentioned on CNN's program. As I said at the outset, the interview on CNN was very biased, and the reporter did not do his job to question any of the underlying assumptions that pervaded this piece.

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