(NATIONAL REVIEW) — Rarely has a prince so keenly disappointed his trumpeters. It was announced yesterday that MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow, once the sparkle-eyed wunderkind who would lead the network into broad, sunlit uplands, will be stripped of his show. His time there, it turns out, was a waste of everyone’s time.
In 2013, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin had enthused breathlessly that “Ronan has established himself as a provocative, independent journalist, capable of challenging people’s assumptions and empowering audiences. His show will be a game changer for MSNBC.” By February of 2015, he was forced to acknowledge that Farrow had “empowered,” to judge from the ratings, almost nobody at all. It was time, Griffin conceded, for some more “experimenting.”
Also removed from the airwaves was insipid afternoon host Joy Ann Reid, whose particular brand of racially charged progressive orthodoxy apparently appealed to few more viewers than did Farrow. If the Daily Beast is to be believed, this will not be the end of the shake. In addition, the Beast’s Lloyd Grove suggests, Al Sharpton “could eventually be moved from his weeknight 6 p.m. gig” and placed in a weekend graveyard slot, and Chris Hayes may be replaced by Rachel Maddow — who, in turn, would be dislodged by new talent. Thus, Politico’s Dylan Byers proposes, does MSNBC hope to “stem its cataclysmic ratings declines and waning relevance.”
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