The novelist Edith Wharton once wrote that the end is latent in the beginning. Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s New York Times piece on Oct. 5 and Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker revelations on Oct. 10 spelled out the beginning of the end for many things regarding sexual harassment in the workplace, including Harvey Weinstein himself, nondisclosure agreements, statutes of limitations and impunity to silence.
Their devotion to capturing with precision and depth details spanning three decades of Harvey’s gross entitlement to female bodies ignited the Reckoning. Their phenomenal journalistic diligence, craft, care and, perhaps most saliently, ability to cultivate the trust and confidence of their sources have literally transformed our society across public and private spaces. Their hard work and impeccable journalism have changed attitudes, behavior, conversations, norms, laws and policies, yielding enormous personal and public good.
Farrow, Kantor and Twohey amply demonstrate journalism’s power, igniting the individual and collective passion that has led to empowering movements such as #MeToo and Time’s Up. I, for one, am grateful.
Judd is an Emmy-nominated actor