The Media Needs to Get Over Ronan Farrow

The newly-minted MSNBC host may be a media darling, but it's time to move on.

Walter Cronkite tells the nation that the president is dead.

No one is equating Ronan Farrow with this guy.

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The media’s collective obsession with Ronan Farrow is out of control. Since his MSNBC show "Ronan Farrow Daily" premiered, the press has cranked out scores of stories on everything from the origins of his Y chromosome to asking if he feeds his cat Basil Fancy Feast. It’s getting to the point where Lifetime may want to consider making a stalking-themed flick about the whole affair.

All these reports are either comically misleading or outright rude. Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering wrote that Farrow is a liberal dreamboat and posted a trove of pictures of him, one of which is Farrow, sans high def makeup, holding Basil, and another a way too close up of his eyes. Anyone know where Spiering got the electron microscope attachment for his iPhone? 

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Twitchy, owned by everyone’s not so favorite loose-lipped loudmouth Michelle Malkin, called him a douche, and misrepresented something he said about Thanksgiving, which leads me to think I’ve got another holiday-themed war to worry about. Sarah Palin, cue up your Facebook page.

I’m not sure if Spiering is expressing an epic bro crush, or exactly why Malkin's team is fuming, but all this malarkey is just plain mendacious. The biggest offender is National Review writer Andrew Johnson. He wrote that Farrow won a Cronkite award after three days on the job. Had he, or the Daily Caller, for example, fact-checked the story all would’ve realized that they bought a bouquet of oopsie daisies. 

I spoke with Elizabeth Halstead, executive director of Reach The World, the organization that gave Farrow its Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and Exploration. She told me that the honor is not one of the "deeply coveted" Cronkite Awards from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism or from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communications. Instead, it is an unrenowned one from a small non-profit that operates with limited resources. 

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Reach The World does noble work. It creates education programs for disadvantaged youths in New York City. It’s not a global behemoth, but one that should inspire the Heritage Foundation to change its tune given the latter's ignoble efforts to block the emergency unemployment extension act and push anti-gay religious freedom laws in every state of the Union.

Reach The World decided to honor Farrow several months ago for his years of work advocating youth issues. The award is named in memory of Walter Cronkite because he was one of the organization’s founding advisory board members. A humble Farrow was reluctant to accept. It took some convincing from the organization’s board of directors to get him to show up at the Princeton Club last week.

All those journalists propagating this false story should consider leaving the kid alone and refocusing their attention on something important, such as the mess in the Ukraine.