Thursday, August 25, 2005

NY Times/Today Show?

We know the 8:00 hour isn't exactly where to get hard news, but we usually enjoy the fluff -- especially when it's creative: TODAY throws a wedding, LIVE for TODAY, FedExFurniture Boy, etc...

Today we felt like we were watching a re-run.

Back-to-back segments this morning were pulled straight from the pages of The New York Times and since we happen to read the newspaper, we felt like we could have put those pieces together.

First there was a panel on the non-lesbian "girl crush" which was investigated in the Grey Lady on 8/11/05:
She's So Cool, So Smart, So Beautiful: Must Be A Girl Crush
After having sat through the entire conversation without a peep from Matt, he finally piped up to say: "and this was in The New York Times!" Yes, Matt -- we know. We read the paper too.

That was followed by a report by Alexis Glick on The GAP's new store targeting women over the age of 35. Forth & Towne was covered in yesterday's NYT:
Gap's New Chain Store Aims at the Fashionably Mature Woman
(BTW, what was Alexis wearing?! A hot-pink cotton jersey? I mean -- we know you're reporting from The GAP but that doesn't give you allowance to wear their clothes...)

Of course, following up on the interesting stories covered by your counterparts in print is part of the news-making process -- but if this continues, why would we continue to watch?

61 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Ann Curry. Is it appropriate to post on this blog?

3:50 PM  
Blogger Campbell Morales said...

Thank you for asking. We don't see why you can't post here -- it is a free country and we strongly support the 1st amendment.

Why do you love her? How do you justify her journalistic incompetencies?

3:54 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

You must live in New York -- because I really doubt that many people read the Times outside it, even though it attempts to be a "national" paper.

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Campbell Morales said:

<< Why do you love her? How do you justify her journalistic incompetencies? >>

these are two very different questions. Answering the second one first:

-- The "Today" show is (on most days) an "ultra-lite" news show at best. For "real" news, I turn to CNN (Aaron Brown in particular), the New York Times, the Internet, the Economist magazine, and even CCTV9. By the way, have you ever watched CCTV9? It is the Chinese official English-langauge CNN. I get it on my local (NYC) cable. It offers an interesting perspective, and on many issues it is probably just as objective or more so than the mainstream US media.

-- I don't make a big distinction between Ann's silly interviews with people like Angelina Jolie and Matt Lauer's "newsmaking" interviews with people like Tom Cruise.

-- I don't really care if Ann bumbles a few words. She wins me over with her gorgeous smile and flirtatious wink.

-- Ann HAS done some excellent work: her trip to Sri Lanka after the Tsunami, for example. She is bold and courageous.

-- Even when she overdoes it with her questioning, as documented on these pages, I find her manner sincere and touching.

Now, why do I love her?

-- She is the most beautiful woman on television, bar none.

-- She is expressive and warm.

-- She is very caring.

-- She lets her hair fly free. She is not carefully coifed.

-- She has her own style.

-- She doesn't take herself all that seriously.

I watch the Today show BECAUSE OF Ann Curry.

Go look at the pics on the "Great hair watch" web site of Ann smiling after she kissed Matt Lauer. She is just adorable.

Sorry if this posting offended or aggravated anybody (or EVERYBODY) on this blog.

thanks so much for the blog. ANY blog that discusses Ann Curry is a service to humanity, even if people unfairly trash her.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you believe how gorgeous her hair looked after Katie Couric whacked it off today>??

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you believe how gorgeous her hair looked after Katic Couric whacked it off today???

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Curry sucks she stumbles through the news each morning as if she just learned to read. I can't stand her and cannot take her seriously as a news person. when she interviews people she asks really stupid questions. they should get rid of her and let Natilie Morales have her spot on the today show, She is much better at reading the news.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Jacob said...

YESSS! I cant believe I found this page!!! Finally, I have somewhere to go to vent about the TV personality I hate most!!! Alright, these are the reasons I HATE Ann Curry:

She's FAKE! She can't be personal with anyone she talks to. Did anyone watch Ann SCOLD Bindi Erwin for praising the spirit of her late father, Steve?

She's an IDIOT! She says the STUPIDEST shit i've ever heard in my life!!

She wears the same stupid black woman suit every fuckin day!

She can't fuckin read! I'm watching her, right now, stumbling over the cuecard once again.

...And that STUPID smile! It just screams "what? im confused!"

Her raspy, bass-filled voice makes me wanna cut my ear drums out!

Last but not least, she's awkward as hell, and it shows. It is SO obvious that everyone else on the show thinks she's a dumb bitch. ...Always trying to show everone up.

I have never been SO pissed off over a tv personality.

SOMEONE STOP ANN CURRY! SHE'S PISSING OFF THE NATION!

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Curry is a very amazing person. Over the years I have watch her grow from being a local new anchor to one of the most watch people in America. She has grace, she is very respectful to those around her. She always treats you as a friend. And when she stumbles through the news in the morning it just shows that she is human and makes mistakes just like everyone else on the earth. You act like you dont make mistakes that your perfect. I want you to so me someone perfect and I will show you someone that is fake.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne Curry is a little bitch and a whore. She likes to treat people like children, and sucks in general. You would think that NBC would hire a personality/journalist that actually has a little bit of class and professionalism. Natalie Morales has more going for her than silly ass Anne Curry.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne Curry needs to be fired. She is full of crap, and most of the stuff that comes out of her mouth is a bunch of dunguss. I hope that they kick her ass off the program and into the cold ass streets. She could possibly make money selling ice cream on the streets. She is one very STUPID anchor, and needs to really be put into her place.

(The trash can on the side of the street)

-I mean Really- Who in their right mind would think that this bitch actually has any sort of opinion that would merit ANY value?

Clueless People - Maybe...

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So all will know, Anne Curry is not interesting at all, and she really stinks as a TV personality. She is totally FAKE and therefore can suck on popsickle sticks for all anyone cares. If you like anne curry join the fanclub, cause thre are only 2 members. Geez... What the hell is the bitch thinking??

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I often wonder how she even got the job on The Today Show. There's no question about it; she is not good. People might think she seems caring or dresses well, which is fine and probably true... but she can't get through ONE report without either an "I'm confused" look or a stutter. How did she get one of the most prestigious reporting/anchor jobs in the country when she can't even do it well!!?? I agree with the above comment about Natalie Morales. She's way better.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Curry still sucks. NBC needs to get her off of the air. She is making people turn away from the Today show. But hey I guess thats not bad too much fluff.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've watched Ann on NBC over the years and was very suprised when I met her in person working as a cashier in a restaurant 2 yrs ago. I have to agree she is fake to me atleast. In the 2 minute transaction she did not make eye contact with me once which i was very offended by, even when I tried to get her attention she still purposely avoided eye contact and was in a rush, worst of all she was about to leave w/o tipping then with sarcasm added a tip to the reciept. She seems like a biggot and conceided person. The kind of person who doesent care what anyone thinks of her because hey in her mind she is "Ann Curry" F##k what you think of me attitude. I hate people like that.

1:13 AM  
Anonymous Dave Scales said...

Ann Curry is so fake. She is not even good enough of a journalist\talking head\actor to feign that she cares anything about any of the people she interviews, UNLESS she can relate to it directly in her life. She barely lets people finish their thoughts and on Katie Couric's last show, she tried so hard to steal the show away from all the other Today show personalities to try to show the world how she and Katie are best buds. It was so contrived, it was sickening. She had to get the last kiss and hug in so that the audience may see her as the next in line for the top spot there. Not that it matters but I can't imagine what it would be like to be married to that Ice Princess.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, I couldn't agree more with everyone here. Ann Curry is the fakest, most insincere, worst 'news person' on TV. No doubt about it. I agree that Natalie deserves to take over for her, earn her salary, etc. I couldn't have said it better than someone else here -- she DOES seem as if she is learning to read every time she does the news, AND she NEVER listens to people when they respond. SO awkward, and everyone on the show despises her -- so obvious.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous The Cerebral Assassin said...

Ann Curry is not the most "beautiful woman in news, bar none". Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that statement is incorrect. Megyn Kelly is hotter. Natalie Morales is prettier. Ann Curry is a pig.

I'll just leave you with this, for all you Ann Curry lovers out there. A classic quote from your condescending hero: "Good morning, good morning everybody, in the news this morning, Good morning."

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann does stumble with her lines at times... but she is genuine and kind... plus she is so beautiful and sexy... I love Ann Curry

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have to look at the different age groups as to whom they see as attractive. The older I get, so do the age of the women I find attractive. I am 51 and Ann Curry can run circles around those younger "pretty talking heads".

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jacob
Why "hate" and why "fucking"? Are you angry? Is it satan? Are you also a road rager? Did Ann spit on your grandmother's grave? Geez.
There's a fine line between fake and real and I think you've got it twisted up, my man.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not hate Ann Curry - because she is not worth hating. She is good looking yes, but who cares. She is hands down the worst journalist who is on the prime time...for years now no body has come even close.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate Ann Curry's tone when she is trying to sound concerned and act gentle. It is so annoying it is chalkboard torture. I dislike her style so much that I put it on mute.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

her eyebrows look like sperm... someday her nose is going to wake up and find itself pregnant

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... and i second all of the real reasons why she's incompetent... i just felt like being petty for a minute.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care what you people say about Ann Curry but I find her to be a genuine, intelligent, and professional newscaster. Whenever she interviews people, she is so compassionate and full of empathy. Is it that you are all jealous of her? I wish I could meet Ann in person because I know she's a very down to earth individual and I would love to have her as a friend. So, stop people because if you think you can do better, then why don't you send your resume to NBC and maybe you can get a job. Stop wasting your time knocking Ann and put your energy doing good for others. Why don't you volunteer in Africa or some other third world country.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Elma said...

Pure and simple: Ann Curry sucks, and she isn't exactly easy on the eyes. With so many people getting journalism degrees every year, one can wonder how she got her job and how she keeps it.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann curry = left wing psudo journalist. Today show sucks. Lauer is a left wing hack. Vierra should not be allowed to speak. Roker should be working on a garbage truck. That whole network sucks.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could any of you do better?

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I googled "Campbell Morales" and I saw nothing. I even tried "Eva" Campbell Morales and I still got zilch! Morales must be a jealous guy very shy of becoming a woman.
Sincerely, a Veteran, Hispanic, and happily married my own Island Girl.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude. "Campbell Morales" is obviously a pen name. Combination of "Campbell Brown" and "Natalie Morales" -- both on the show at the time of origination of this blog.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanx for the up n up. I withdraw my last comment. Happy Sailor

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not that I hate Ann, its just that she and the other hosts use their very highly paid positions on TV to push an agenda. Their progressive agenda is getting old.

I wonder how much money she gives to charity, I wonder how much oil she burns on a daily basis. How GREEN is Ann Curry? Progressives want the world to be perfect, they want us to make all the sacrifices as long as they ride in limos and fly private jets all over the world. I can't stand watching this rich brats sit there every morning telling the rest of us hard working people what we should think and do. Why don't you spread your wealth around.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Agenda was evident the other day as Ann barely mentioned this story and left out the part that made it a story.

http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/2010/20100518011743.aspx

She is pathetic.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She really is bad. First of all, she speaks way too fast...either trying to impart urgency or she is so used to doing those 'voice over' commercials and trying to fit in all that information into 20 seconds. Secondly, she is so geeky that she wants to interject comments to fit in with the cool kids like Lauer, but she just makes dumb comments. She asks the worst questions and then asks follow up questions while the person is still trying to answer. She is just plain awkward and tries too hard to fit in.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why she always wears black or dark gray? This question has been bothering me.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch Ann when she fills-in for Meredith co-hosting with Matt - she wants to start talking so badly that she blurts out at top speed, "I'm Ann Curry in for Meredith" before Matt can even finish introducing himself. She is SO hard to watch. Terrible interviewer, can't organize her thoughts, just so uncomfortable on camera. I'm sure producers have talked to her about it, but when she's on camera - she just freaks-out and can't help it. She should watch her shows tapes back and try to learn from them, but she doesn't seem to care about improving. I think if she wasn't Asian, NBC would dump her...

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Hello in the unGodly hour of 4 to 5 am here in Australia we get a highlighted package of the Today Show and the first time i saw Ann Curry i thought she was the work experience girl. She puts her head down rambles some long and convoluted question in a mumble then looks at the guest in question pauses about 2 seconds for their answer then plows in again with the head down. I recall her being the news reader on the show when i was feeding my newborn and she STILL has the same hair do , i guess she dosen't like change. However she does look good for her age and i was surprised to find out her age the other day . Still she needs to go back to school and learn to be a presenter.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of you who put down Ann Curry, I don't give a shit. You are just jealous of her success. She is great of what she does and she is beautiful. I love her. She is one of my favorite anchor woman.
Do something productive you all.

1:40 AM  
Blogger rhutcheson said...

Ann Curry seems like an over-eager child screaming for attention. She asks the rudest questions, seems completely insincere, fake, and completely annoying.

She is a walking cry for help.

Terrible interviewer, over-animated, has crazy-person eyes. She's freaky. God save us if she replaces Meredith.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot stand her voice. Whenever she is on, I switch to another station.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After 30 years, I will stop watching the Today show. I can't tolerate the idea of Ann Curry at the anchor chair. Argh!

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ann Curry, maybe your first big scoop should be a story on how much fossil fuel Matt Lauer and his large crew would burn when he was travelling all over the world to be in a place for less than six hours just so the Today Show opening could have an interesting backdrop.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe there is such a hateful blog. The Today Show is a fun morning show with news thrown in. In a city that has seen what hate (remember 9/11) for no reason can do, you would think you would be kinder and use your time more productively. Maybe you should spend your time teaching people to be tolerant of our differences and accept everyone for who they are. I doubt you know Ann personally so to judge her and say you"hate" her is really sad.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my! Can she be more sexist and harmful to women! Since becoming anchor all she does is tell people how beautiful they are! How superficial! Doesn't she say how smart, witty , anything else! Obviously all she cares about is how beautiful people are and how that is a compliment from a supposed new caster. I can not find any redeeming qualities. Don't you also see that the only reason people say they like her is her looks, how sexist is that! My god, I wish she would just disappear. If I ever get on the Today show I will insist that she never talk to me! If she does I will expect compensation for being subjected to that imcometent woman.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she has always been told she is normal and ignore the other kids making fun of her- it her parents that told her how special she is- its like everyone on the show- thats what is wrong with the usa - the smartest person for the job never gets it- they put someone in there because of some bs reason- the people that made america great have been forced to just sit back and watch a bunch of people put this country in the toilet- dont watch the news or listen to talk radio and you will feel a lot better- spend time with your family

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How in the world did she get that job? Obviously the same person that made the faulty decision to hire Jenna Bush made the same poor decision to put Ann in the anchor chair. Jenna has an excuse for being so bad- she is right out of school-Ann should be in her prime by now but in truth she is nowhere near ready for prime time. She is simply too painful and awkward to watch. Is the Today program trying to self destruct? Well done if so .

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I CRINGE everytime we see/watch/listen to Ann Curry. So much so that we've decided to change to Good Morning America. She is a total phony with that RIDICULOUS posed smile at "sad moments" she puts on. She makes more mistakes than a rookie on a local station. Get rid of her!

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was so nice when Ann was off for a few days and we got Savannah, Matt and Natalie. Without Ann and her speed-talking, scary eyebrows and self-conscious delivery the show is very watchable. She is THE worst interviewer and makes me cringe with every word she says.... yuck!

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree, Ann Curry is horrible. That stupid (plastic) smile drives me crazy. I have to disagree with replacing her with Natlie Morales though, I think Savanah Guthrie would be a better choice.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching Ann fumble and fight her way through sentence after horrible sentence is like watching a cat trying to claw it's way out of a paper bag.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We watch Ann just to laugh at how much she sucks. Sometimes we keep track of how many consecutive sentences she screws-up and the list gets really long. She bumbles more lines in a 2-hour newscast than all other newscasters in America combined will screw-up in a month.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best part of the Today Show is when Ann's not there! Matt, Al, Savannah, and Natalie have much better chemistry on air! They are so much more relaxed when Ann's not there. I fast forward Ann's segments.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have watched the first hour of the TODAY show on podcast every day for the last 3 years. I cannot stand Ann Curry!

She can barely make it through a sentence with out fumbling and her sense of humor is AWFUL. She can't even remember the name of the co-anchor anytime Matt is off.

Give the anchor chair to Savannah Guthrie. When Ann has a day off Savannah is excellent and outshines her in every way.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't figure out what language Ann is speaking as she dithers, babbles incoherently and flails her arms in a vain attempt to save herself from plunging further into the abyss of insanity. STFU ALREADY, ANN; ask a question and wait SILENTLY for a response!

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning Matt, good morning everyone, in the news this morning..also this morning...in the morning... At least since she has been made anchor I don't have to hear her say "morning" 450 times during her news cast! She sounds like a 1-900 operator when she tries to be sincere.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Curry has made my favorite morning show unwatchable. I could forgive her inability to smoothly read without numerous stumbles, but her run on, paragraph length, inane interview questions make me want to shoot myself. Some one in charge should pull the trigger and move her back to the news desk. How many times will she be allowed to interupt a person who she is interviewing? It is apparent that she is not listening to the answer and using every brain cell she has to put together the next horrendous question. I dont care about her looks, or her hair cut or outfits. I just want to be able to watch the TODAY show again without grinding my teeth.Thanks for the vent!

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today=Today for Women Only....from NBC=No Boys Co.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! I have been thinking I was the only one who had such a negative reaction to Ann Curry. Really with all the talent out there can't NBC step-up? She looks
awkward and I feel awkward watching
her? Fake. And knock it off with all that touching,petting yuckness!
It does look like Matt wants to throw up. Oh for the Katie days. Back then it seemed Ann did a nice job reading the news.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about FAKE. The majority of this blog was written by one person. They don't even try to change the writing style or phrasing. This is a really stupid blog.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former New Yorker, Allison

Regarding Ann's comment about feeling guilty and wanting to put a bag over her head with first class status, I wonder how she remembers feeling when she cut in line at the Rose Center Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in NYC, where we all paid the same entry fee. The planetarium had recently opened and there was a huge line to see the Space Show. Finally, it was our turn and we were escorted to an elevator. At the last second, who jumps on (and who was not in line behind us all that time), but Ann Curry, her husband and 2 kids. I don't think this was in an attempt to go unnoticed, as once we were in the "holding room", where the have flat-screen TVs telling you space facts, Ann sat on the floor right outside the elevator (no one else was sitting on the floor) and "reported" the space facts aloud to the kids who were plenty old enough to read for themselves. She made it hard not to notice her, but maybe that is because she had taken the bag off of her head.
Reply#7 - Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:44 PM EDT

9:21 PM  

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