Oscar Wilde asked in The Picture of Dorian Gray, “And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.”
According to The New York Post, MSNBC’s newest liberal talk-show host, Ronan Farrow, will not answer questions about his family at a Wednesday night event and reporters making any inquiries will be thrown out of the charity event. The press release for the event said: “Any press who ask guests or Mr. Farrow about off-message topics will be immediately escorted out of the event." As Page Six asked, “While journalists are banned from asking questions as praise is poured on Farrow for his own excellence in journalism, would he submit to such rigid interview stipulations from guests on his own fledgling show? We doubt it.” (As CEO of a PR Agency, I’d ask if restricted questions refer to his family life. Or also to his show. Can reporters really not ask about his show? Doubtful.)
Par for the course for liberal journalists who often demand openness -- and then when it is expected of them, the rules change. It’s the type of hypocritical double standard one can expect from liberals.
Farrow, whose new program, Ronan Farrow Daily, had awful ratings week one for his show.
Ratings placed his show third on cable, behind CNN and Fox, and the worst ranking MSNBC show of the day. Farrow is famous for being the son of famous people, and reviews for the show have been simply awful. The Daily Banter wrote: “If you missed the premiere of Ronan Farrow Daily yesterday, or watched any part of it today, chances are you avoided succumbing to an inadvertent afternoon nap. The show is, to put it bluntly, dull.” While it remains to be seen how the show will do, reviews on Monday noted many areas for improvement. Some of the harshest words came from Entertainment Weekly, which gave it a C- grade, and the Guardian said, "You’re going to have to try not to put us to sleep."
Farrow has wasted no time expressing far-left viewpoints. Hypocritically, he tweeted a few weeks ago: “New Gallup poll says 67% of Americans dissatisfied with wealth distribution. 7% are 'very satisfied' and I would like what they are smoking.” Farrow was quickly lambasted via social media, with people responding: “I know. If only people born into wealth didn't take all the good jobs, right?”, “Says The Rich Kid,” and my personal favorite: “@RonanFarrow I am dissatisfied, Ronan please send me my part of your paycheck, thanks.”
Farrow in many ways is par for the course amongst rich, liberal New Yorkers. Amazingly, I have yet to receive any money from my wealthy Upper West Side neighbors who clamor about the need for wealth redistribution. As I have told them, if they feel guilty about their wealth, they can give me some of their money. (Memo to Ronan: If you’d like to donate to me after reading this, send it to Ronn Torossian, c/o Front Page Magazine. Set the example on redistribution.)
Farrow made offensive anti-Republican comments after President Barack Obama's January State of the Union address. While Obama said that Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, who suffered injuries fighting in Afghanistan, "still struggles from his left side," Farrow tweeted: "Cory 'struggles on the left side.' Congress relates." Imagine the outrage if a conservative were to mock a handicapped military veteran?
Thankfully, good TV, led by conservative thinkers continue to achieve the best ratings on the airwaves. Fox News ended 2013 as the top-rated cable news network in America – for the 12th straight year. The channel beat MSNBC and CNN combined in total viewers.
Daniel Boorstin, an American historian who was the twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress said, “Our illusions are the house in which we live; they are our news, our heroes, our adventure, our forms of art, our very experience.”
Ronan Farrow’s house is the only reason anyone has heard of him – as a liberal journalist he’s happy to probe others, but won’t speak himself. As the wise Ronald Reagan noted, “Liberals don’t like me talking about liberals.”
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