Donny Deutsch on MSNBC-- Hurry Home David Shuster

09/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ad man Donny Deutsch was co-hosting with Tamron Hall on MSNBC's afternoon show Friday, I caught the final few minutes, as I awaited Chris Matthews and Hardball. I know that Deutsch is an important name in the advertising business, and he's a favorite of Matthews--he recently introduced Deutsch as "a genius at communication:" -- but can someone advise Deutsch that he needs to know what's happening in politics before taking that co-anchor's chair?

In reporting the news story that Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng -- she and Obama share a mother but have different fathers; the President's father is from Africa and his sister's father is from Indonesia -- is moving to Washington, Deutch commented on Soetoro-Ng's beauty. He then asked co-host Hall why Ng is so much lighter-skinned than her brother. Hall, ever gracious, patient, and smart, clued him in to their different paternal parentage, and Deutsch did look deeply embarrassed.

There was a major story on the President's younger half-sister moving from Hawaii to Washington in that day's New York Times and in countless other sources.

Deutsch is substituting for David Shuster this week. I'm uncomfortable with the hyper-partisan Shuster -- I'd prefer that he try harder to keep his strong views to himself -- but at least he reads the newspaper and knows his stuff.

As the Donny/Tamron duo signed off, he thanked her for being such a good "hostess."