Pondering Ronan Farrow Daily…
If the first few episodes are any indication of what’s to come, don’t expect to see a show that holds cable news’ proverbial feet to the proverbial fire. In fact, expect just the opposite. The show has included the same tired “expert panel” segments featured on virtually every other MSNBC show in which recycled casts of the network’s personalities and contributors regurgitate the same staid analysis show after show. There are the same glitzy graphics whose sanitized sheen is completely devoid of any personality. There’s the 2016 presidential speculation; the punny chryons; the same misapprehended use of the terms “breaking news” and “developing story.”
The show is, in every way, fashioned from the very cloth Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have spent their careers assiduously shredding.
And for a show whose lead-in word cloud boasts that its host is a “SPOKESPERSON FOR YOUTH,” Ronan Farrow Daily has thus far featured remarkably few youths. It’s becoming clear that the show’s goal is not to actually engage young people, but rather to simply have a young person speak to all the grown-ups in the room. You can bet that I won’t be tweeting clips of Mr. Farrow’s interview with George Takei or David Axelrod anytime soon.
In that respect, Mr. Farrow looks more like the kid at the dinner party who mingles easily with his parents’ friends and has impeccable table manners than a spokesperson for the politically active generation that helped propel President Obama to victory — twice.
I don’t so much blame Ronan Farrow as I do the network executives who put him there. He’s their errand boy. They have no clue how to connect with young viewers and don’t truly care to find out, save for inserting a young, fresh face with a famous last name into the equation.