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Ronan Farrow To MSNBC -- You Be The Judge


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There's nothing like a little controversy or hint of scandal when you are about to launch your new show. Joining the MSNBC family soon after the first of the year will be Ronan Farrow. But hopping into the pre-release publicity campaign are not just the star of the show but also Mia Farrow and Nancy Sinatra and a number of Ronan's Woody Allen/Frank Sinatra family members.

Don't know much about the young Mr. Farrow? Well, he's got a lot on his resume, and some that has yet to be verified. Let's start with the facts. His mom is Mia Farrow and his dad is... TBD. For the record, it's Woody Allen. To many, including his mom, it might be someone else. Someone with blue eyes and who Ronan looks amazingly like -- Frank Sinatra.

As you will see, the highly publicized question of his paternity is not whisked under the carpet. It's timed just perfectly to set up the expectations for the new MSNBC show. After this, wouldn't your curiosity be piqued?

But paternity aside, look at what this 25 year old has accomplished so far. According to Time Magazine:

Farrow started college at Bard at 11. He was their youngest graduate ever at 15. This gave Farrow ample time to graduate from Yale Law School at 21 and become a Rhodes scholar at 23.

From 2001 to 2009 Ronan was a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth and has been a champion of Darfurian refugee issues.

He was a member of the Obama administration advising on NGO and humanitarian affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2009, and was appointed as Hillary Clinton’s special adviser for global youth issues in 2011.

So it looks like there could be a new star on the liberal news horizon. I kind of hope there is. Bright, young and articulate voices are needed to combat the overblown bellicose blather coming from Fox News and right-wing talk radio.

How long will it be before MSNBC starts it's full-blown promotions for Ronan's new show with a picture of him and Sinatra's voice singing "Start spreading the news..."

I mean, it's like publicity 101. Good luck Ronan. Whether it's Woody's or Frank's shoes you're going to be filling, they're gigantic and a lot will be expected from you.


Alec Baldwin to host MSNBC Friday night talk show "Up Late with Alec"


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Uh-oh! Trouble's coming! And a whole lot of laughs, if Alec Baldwin stays true to form. Via MSNBC:

Alec Baldwin will join MSNBC as the host of a current events and culture talk show beginning Fridays in October. [...]

Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin will air Fridays from 10-11 p.m. ET.

“I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC,” said Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC. “He’s got such passion for ideas and what’s going on in the world–he’s going to be a great addition to our line-up.”

You know what this means, don't you? Following The Rachel Maddow Show on Fridays.... no more prison!

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Sunday Talkers


Meet the Press: Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R); Roundtable: Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), E.J. Dionne (Washington Post) and Peggy Noonan(Wall Street Journal).

Face the Nation: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs; Roundtable: John Dickerson (CBS News) and Norah O'Donnell (CBS News).

This Week:  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY); Sen. Lindsey Graham(R-SC); Roundtable: Former Obama Economic Adviser Austan Goolsbee, Republican Strategist Maet Matalin, Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) and Senior Adviser to the McCain-Palin 2008 Campaign Nicole Wallace.

Fox News Sunday: Former House Speaker ?Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Roundtable: Former Mike Huckabee Campaign Manager Chip Saltsman, Liz Marlantes (Christian Science Monitor), Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).

State of the Union: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Dan Balz (Washington Post); Stephen Moore(Wall Street Journal); Former OMB Director Alice Rivlin; Former House Majority/Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO); Publisher Steve Forbes; Reliable Sources: "Game Change" Director Jay Roach; "Game Change" Writer/Producer Danny Strong; Radio Host Michael Medved; Radio Host Stephanie Miller; Erin McPike (Real Clear Politics); Eleanor Clift (Daily Beast/Newsweek); Ramesh Ponnuru (National Review).

The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman (Huffington Post); Nia-Malika Henderson (Washington Post); Kasie Hunt (Associated Press).

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Elliot Abrams (Council on Foreign Relations); Arab Israeli Journalist Rula Jabreal; Daniel Levy (New America Foundation); Bret Stephens (Wall Street Journal).

Up with Chris Hayes: Rula Jebreal (Newsweek); Jeremy Ben-Ami (J Street); Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi (Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees); Leila Hilal (New America Foundation); Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi (The Israeli Project); Zev Chafets (Jerusalem Report).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Meir Dagan, the former head of Israel's intelligence service (preview); an interview with educator Sal Khan about his teaching method (preview); and, a profile of the band Aerosmith (preview).

Virtually Speaking Sundays on Blog Talk Radio will feature: Digby and Daily Kos' own Joan McCarter comparing their work of the past week to coverage from the corporate media’s Sunday morning talk shows.

The Daily Show

Monday: Grover Norquist(American for Tax Reform)

Tuesday: Actor/Comedian Will Ferrell

Wednesday: Actress Rachel Weisz

Thursday: TBA

The Colbert Report

Monday: Author Katherine Boo

Tuesday: Singer/Songwriter Andrew Bird

Wednesday: Mark McKinnon (No Labels)

Thursday: Dexter Filkins (The New Yorker)

Always with huge gratitude to Trix/Silly Rabbit.