Monday, July 22, 2024

Woody Allen: MSNBC Does Ronan Farrow’s Dirty Work via Morning Joe


Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough and their gang should be ashamed of themselves. They spent over 8 minutes convicting and hanging Woody Allen this morning on “Morning Joe.” It was a beautiful way for MSNBC to carry the water of Ronan Farrow, their latest hire and soon to be daily talk show host. Farrow, of course, comes to MSNBC with no credentials as a broadcaster at age 25. But his path to celebrity at MSNBC and rise to fame in general has been tied to his mother, Mia Farrow, first suggesting that he was Frank Sinatra’s son and then going on the attack against Woody.

In the eight minute segment, Mika made a serious mistake. She continually called Soon Yi Previn the “adoptive daughter” of Woody Allen. She is wrong. Soon Yi’s last name is Previn, not Allen. She was adopted by Mia Farrow only. Farrow’s husband, Andre Previn, was considered her “father.” Allen had no legal or moral connection to her. He didn’t even live in the same household. Mika and MSNBC should make a very public correction immediately.

The Morning Joe segment starts badly and goes downhill. Mika leads the group at the table, who have no business commenting on something they know nothing about, to the conclusion that “where there’s smoke there’s fire” and that Dylan Farrow is obviously telling the truth in her ‘open letter’ posted on Nick– not Nicholas– Kristof’s blog. (They all call Kristof ‘Nick’, like he’s their best friend.)

There’s nothing like a public hanging on a so called news network that should be called the Apology Channel. From Alec Baldwin to Mitt Romney’s black grandchild to the anti-Republic Tweet of last week, MSNBC had better watch it if they’re really planning to be Ronan Farrow’s spokespeople. On the plus side, their ratings are almost nil.

This is fair and balanced?





Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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