Yet Soon We Will Be Missing Ann Curry On The Today Show

Pretty, perky, biased and incompetent—yup, perfect for NBC.

Fresh from highlighting the lack of professionalism exhibited by Ann Curry as she was booted off the Today Show, I was jostled by another blog’s link to this one reminding me that I already had an ethics run-in with her replacement, the fresh-faced, cute as a button, proudly biased and ignorant Savannah Guthrie, who continues the devolution of the female liberal mouthpiece co-anchor position on the show that began with Barbara Walters.

The hard conservative site Freedom Report alerted me that I had blown the whistle on Guthrie’s incompetence in an April, 2011 post, after she tried to “gotcha!” Donald Trump and exposed her own Constitutional illiteracy instead. I had forgotten the episode, perhaps because it forced me to defend The Donald, which was and is about as appealing to me as snorting skunks. You can read the post here. A quick summary: Guthrie attempted to argue against Trump’s pro-life views by asking the Constitutional equivalent of the automobile-tuning query asked of expert witness/hairdresser Marisa Tomei in the climax of  the classic,”My Cousin Vinnie,” to which she replies, “It’s a bullshit question!”:

Vincent Gambini: You’re Honor, Miss Vito’s expertise is in general automotive knowledge. It is in this area that her testimony will be applicable. Now if Mr. Trotter wishes to voir dire the witness as the extent of her expertise in this area, I’m sure he’s gonna be more than satisfied.

Judge Chamberlain Haller: Ok.

District AttorneyTrotter: Alright, alright. Now, Miss Vito, being an expert on general automotive knowledge, can you tell me what would be the correct ignition timing be on a 1955 Bellaire Chevrolet with a 327 cubic engine and a 4-barrel carburetor.

Vito: It’s a bullshit question.

Trotter: Does that mean that you can’t answer it?

Vito: It’s a bullshit question! It’s impossible to answer.

Trotter: It’s impossible because you don’t know the answer!

Vito: Nobody could answer that question!

Trotter: Your Honor, I move to disqualify Miss Vito as a expert witness.

Judge Chamberlain Haller: Can you answer the question?

Vito: No. It is a trick question.

Judge Chamberlain Haller: Why is it a trick question?

Vincent Gambini: (to his clients) Watch this.

Vito: ‘Cause Chevy didn’t make a 327 in ’55. The 327 didn’t come out til ’62. And it wasn’t offered in the Bellaire with the 4-barrel carburetor til ’64. However, in 1964 the correct ignition timing would be 4 degrees before top dead center.

Trotter: Well, uh, she’s acceptable, Your Honor.

Guthrie’s question about the Constitution’s “right to privacy” was actually much worse than Trotter’s, because while a district attorney isn’t likely to know about the arcana of car repairs, journalists asking questions about the Bill of Rights are obligated to have at least read it since college. Trump attempted to call her on her sloppiness, and some of Guthrie’s liberal allies, like the Daily Beast and Guthrie’s equally equally ignorant and biased colleague Vaughn Ververs, wrote that Trump had been exposed, when in fact the one exposed—-as unprofessional, unfair, unobjective, and worst of all, ill-informed—was Savannah Guthrie.

At NBC, whitewasher of the Fast and Furious scandal, distorter of the Zimmerman 911 tapes, proud employer of Al Sharpton, and round-the-clock flack machine for President Obama, this made her the perfect choice to take over from Ann Curry, because she’s even less professional than Ann is.

Boy, does Jane Pauley look good now!

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Pointer and Graphic: Freedom Report

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11 thoughts on “Yet Soon We Will Be Missing Ann Curry On The Today Show

  1. Isn’t it possible to just stop watching the show? I won’t miss Ann. I have never seen an episode of the Today Show. I have seen My Cousin Vinny though. Loved Tomei’s role in that.

      • Actually, if everyone stopped watching because it sucked, the ratings would tank, sponsors would leave, the show would go off the air. Maybe they would replace it with something you would want to watch. The way to get rid of bad television is to turn it off – in droves.

      • …and you are making me think I need to watch an episode. I think we might have a big difference in our definition of journalism. Can’t say without watching though. I thought it was a fluff and chat show with any news being strictly opinion.

        But the way to get rid of crappy journalism on TV is still to stop watching. Rating rule the world in that arena.

        • Today has always been a hybrid, hard news mixed with cooking segments and chimps. Think about its news impact in interviews: Lauer;s interview of Hillary when she invented “the vast right-wing conspiracy”; Couric’s grilling of Sarah Palin. It’s deteriorated badly from the days of Frank McGee, Brokaw et al, but it still pretends to be a news show.

          • Well there is my problem. I sort of assume that if the show is doing everything from soup to nuts, it probably isn’t doing any of it well. I think I will have a look, Jack, you have my curiosity up now in regard to how they handle recipes and hard news all in the same timeslot.

  2. Obviously, I am half asleep and should not have been so quick to respond – twice! Forgot to say that bad journalism isn’t how we got here. Bad education is how we got here. Bad journalism is just one of the many, many symptoms.

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