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Lawrence O’Donnell: My MSNBC Guests Are Less Politically Astute Than I Am

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.

CAPTION: Lawrence: Finally got his own soapbox. (But can he get smarter guests?)

Lawrence: Finally got his own soapbox. (But will he be able to get more sagacious guests?)

‘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 Continue reading

Daily HighlightsTuesday; September 28, 2010

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Icon Fetch’s Tony Peters rocks out with Tom Johnston, who co-founded The Doobie Brothers in 1970—and who’d crank out hits like China Grove, Listen to the Music and Long Train Runnin. The frontman will chat about the band’s new album, World Gone Crazy, which drops today.
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Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman sits down with MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O’Donnell, who won an Emmy for his work as a producer on NBC’s The West Wing. The Dem of many talents will fill us in on his new MSNBC show, The Last Word, which bowed last night.
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Movie Addict Headquarters’s Betty Jo Tucker grooves with filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, whose 2009 Music by Prudence—about an impoverished and severely disabled Zimbabwean singer-songwriter—bagged an Oscar for Best Documentary.
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The Bottom Line Sports Show hangs with former NFL wide receiver Matthew Hatchette, who played for the Vikings and Jets—before taking up acting. Having done guest turns on How I Met Your Mother and Boston Legal, Matthew’s now moving to the big screen, in Stonerville.

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FMMK Talk Radio host Johnny Tan gets up close and personal with Kathleen Koch, who spent 18 years as a CNN White House correspondent. The Peabody Award winner will discuss her new book, How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered.
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AACONS’ Marie Stroughter goes one-on-one with political commentator David (brother of Rush) Limbaugh, whose new book, Crimes Against Liberty and Tyranny: An Indictment of President Barack Obama, probably won’t make it into the Obama Presidential Library.

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