Ronan Farrow is already a graduate of Yale Law School, a Rhodes Scholar, a veteran of the State Department and (maybe) Frank Sinatra’s son. But those accolades pale in comparison to the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism, due to be presented Wednesday night to the 26-year-old wunderkind despite his 72-hour stint as a host on MSNBC.
Farrow’s celebrity status among left-wing America may’ve earned him a 1 PM time slot as the host of “Ronan Farrow Daily”, but it was his hard-hitting reporting between Monday and Wednesday that earned him the deeply-coveted Cronkite Award presented annually by Reach the World, a NYC-based charity.
Let’s take a look at some of Farrow’s journalistic gems during his distinguished three-day career (RELATED: Jerk of the week: MSNBC’s new Ronan Farrow guy [PHOTO PROOF]). Which compelling segment do you think put the political and diplomatic genius (did we mention Rhodes Scholar?) over the top?
ADORABLY SELF-DEPRECATING OPENING SEGMENT:
“I’m also new to this,” he explained to the camera Monday. “What’s going on here, which camera do I look at? Who knows! ” Such humility for so talented a young man. No typical mainstream media hubris here.
THE COMPLEX POLITICS OF SPANKING:
It’s good to know some TV journalists still have the courage to call out their guests when they dodge tough questions. The American people have a right to know if their favorite female news anchors were spanked as children. So courageous, Ronan. So courageous.
“SHE HAS A GOOD HEAD ON HER SHOULDERS”:
How could we all have been so wrong about Miley Cyrus, slandering her as a screeching faux-feminist floozy? Farrow’s (allegedly) penetrating interview with the pop star reveals she “views herself as courting controversy strategically. And I think she has a good head on her shoulders when she thinks about those issues.” Be sure to tune into Farrow’s show for the full interview later this week, when Cyrus and Farrow analyze Marxist-feminist dialectic.
“I’ve got love for the dumpster, and the dumpster’s got love for me.” If that’s not compelling socio-political commentary on the modern American experience, we don’t know what is. Never mind that Farrow pulled this clip from a Youtube video dated January 9 of this year; the plight of young Coloradans dumpster-diving for doobies is a story we need repeated over and over again.
RESPECTING YOUR (LESS-INTELLIGENT) ELDERS:
Ronan may be the greatest mind of our generation, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be humble in the presence of one only slightly less great. And while some may view Farrow’s praise of MSNBC colleague Andrea Mitchell as fawning, even obsequious, to us it seemed like a real class act. “It is one of the big perks of this job that I get to follow you,” he gushed. “And honestly, if I’m able to capture a fraction of the integrity you keep in your reporting, I am A-OK for this show.” And she wasn’t even a Rhodes Scholar!
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