It’s tough being Lawrence O’Donnell—what with knowing more about politics than many of his guests.
Interviewed on Mr. Media, the host of MSNBC’s new political-commentary show, The Last Word—who previously served as a guest host on Countdown with Keith Olbermann—‘fesses up a long-simmering frustration.
“Frequently—because I worked in politics, because I worked in government—in the past, as a host, I’ve been sitting there knowing more than my guest, and I am being forced to ask a question of someone who knows less than I do,” Lawrence, who formerly served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and legislative aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, tells host Bob Andelman.
‘There’s an awkward posture to that that I think we got away with, thanks to my acting skills,” he adds.
Lawrence knows whence he speaks on the acting front, having been a producer and writer for NBC’s The West Wing (for which he won an Emmy), as well as creator and executive producer of the network’s 2003 series Mister Sterling, which starred Josh Brolin as an idealistic U.S. senator.
As for which MSNBC guests than whom he’s more knowledgeable, Lawrence doesn’t name names.
But those who have sat opposite him on Keith’s show include Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), and Huffington Post Senior Editor Howard Fineman.
Then, of course, there was the guest who helped inaugurate the maiden edition of The Last Word this past Monday.
That would be Vice President Joseph Biden.
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