On Monday morning, actress and activist Mia Farrow tweeted this message, directed at the TV networks that have refused to show images of controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons on air:
Dispiriting that some TV news stations in the US are not showing the new #CharieHebdo cartoons. When we back off, the terrorists win.
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 13, 2015
But just a few hours later, her comments took on new ironic resonance when her son, MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, sat down for an interview with journalist Caroline Fourest, who is helping to put together the first issue of the satirical magazine after the terrorist attack that killed several of its staff members. In that piece, the network blurred out the image of one of Charlie Hebdo’s past covers, per NBC News’ stated standards.
The Washington Free Beacon’s Elliott Schwartz highlighted this “awkward” juxtaposition:
— Elliott Schwartz (@elliosch) January 13, 2015
Mia Farrow likely did not realize she was so directly criticizing her son’s own show and network, but in retrospect, that’s exactly how her words are being perceived. While Fox News and CBS News have both chosen to show the new cover on air, NBC/MSNBC along with CNN and ABC News have all kept it off their airwaves.
While MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily did show an obscured, partial image of the magazine’s new cover, featuring Muhammed holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign, it blurred out the past cover, a decision Fourest called “crazy” as she held up the image as an example of freedom of expression.
Watch the full clip below, via MSNBC:
[Photo via screengrab]
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