On Sunday, CNN confirmed that "Piers Morgan Live" will be ending next month, proving that a large
Then on Monday,
FOR THE RECORD:
Ronan Farrow: In a Feb. 25 Calendar section article comparing MSNBC's Ronan Farrow and CNN's Piers Morgan, the difference in their ages was given as "more than three decades." As the article stated elsewhere, Farrow is 26 and Morgan is 48.
Forget the judging panel on
While Farrow was earnestly interviewing former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen and
Just as if we didn't know. He tanked because he's insufferable.
Morgan would like everyone to believe that Americans didn't warm to him because he was a "British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing." Never mind that many news hosts and commentators have been outspoken about gun control or that with our near-hysteria devotion to
No, it wasn't the cricket references or the football (as in soccer) issue. Morgan failed as a host because he was smug, arrogant, condescending and thin-skinned. He failed because he was more interested in keeping his name in the news than in the news itself.
As recently as two weeks ago, when a guest (transgender author and activist Janet Mock) complained about the sensationalistic nature of Morgan's questions, he "apologized" by having her back on the show and reprimanded her for the caustic response he had received on Twitter. When
Watching him repeatedly foment his own controversy, then "report" in high dudgeon about his treatment in the wake of it, television audiences were reminded, once again, of the prescient wisdom of
Enter Farrow, who sailed through a dutifully disparate array of topics during his first hour with the slightly anxious confidence of the star student enlisted to run the class.
He covered the Ukraine crisis from pathos to policy — what will Russia do? How does it affect the U.S.? — pausing to explain, with a map, why exactly Ukraine is such a mess. He discussed budget cuts at the Pentagon, the governors' meeting at the White House, a possible rise in the minimum wage and, in the show's only truly light-hearted segment, the problem of dumpster diving behind Colorado's now legal marijuana shops.
Looking much younger than his years, Farrow was carefully aimed at a post-boomer mentality. He joked about watching reruns of news greats (Murrow and Cronkite), referred to marijuana as "weed," referenced both
What Farrow didn't do was mention in any way, shape or form his personal life. That included the portions of it that have been part of a huge and emotional reaction to his sister Dylan's recent insistence that Allen molested her. It also included the ongoing question of his own parentage (according to his mother, Frank Sinatra may have been involved).
Like Morgan, or for that matter,
But still it is him, his take, his performance that will make or break the show. Will more people want to see Ronan Farrow daily than wanted to see Piers Morgan live?
Cultural rubber-necking will no doubt draw many to "Ronan Farrow Daily" during the early weeks — Does he look like Frank Sinatra? Will he react if "Blue Jasmine" wins an Oscar? Did he get this job for any reason other than his parents? — but at first glance Farrow is far more wonk than gossip.
The timing of his show's debut has already been commented on in light of his family's public crisis, but with Morgan's departure, it becomes even more meaningful. More than three decades younger than the Brit, born to fame rather than cultivating it, much more interested in appearing smart than right, Farrow could make his mark as an anti-Piers.
Though one suspects that with his international pedigree, Farrow might just be in the habit of calling soccer "football" too.
'Ronan Farrow Daily'
When: 10 a.m. weekdays
Rating: Not rated