Curry Climbs Liberal Ladder of Success to Today Show Anchor Chair
With Monday's official announcement that NBC's Meredith Vieira will be stepping down from the Today show co-anchor chair in June also came the news that the longtime newsreader of that morning show, Ann Curry, will move up to take her place alongside Matt Lauer to deliver a daily cup of liberal bias to viewers in the AM. MRC has pulled together Curry's most outrageous liberal moments in a new "Profile in Bias."
Since joining the show in 1997 Curry has frequently displayed her own uniquely sappy style of bleeding heart liberalism in her anchor briefs and occasional interviews with presidents and celebrities. Back in 2008 she scolded former President George W. Bush that his Iraq War was bringing "suffering" to the American people but when she chatted with then presidential candidate Barack Obama, in that same year, she tossed softball questions like: "Beatles or the Rolling Stones?"
Over the years Curry has demonstrated a particular fondness for the green cause as she has repeatedly spewed about the dangers of man made global warming to such a degree even Al Gore personally thanked her and NBC's efforts in his cause. During NBC's prime time coverage of Gore's 2007 "Live Earth" concert the former vice president told Curry: "Thanks for what NBC has been doing," which led her to respond in kind by urging him to run for president again as she pleaded: "After fueling this grass roots movement, if you become convinced that without you there will not be the political will in the White House to fight global warming to the level that is required, because the clock is ticking, would you answer the call? Would you answer the call, yes or no?"
Curry has also had her share of embarrassing on-air gaffes over the years, including the time she hilariously couldn't find the state of Illinois on a map.
Even a holiday that brings American families together wasn't safe from Curry's slanted liberal view, as back in 2003 she surmised that Thanksgiving could be considered "a day of mourning, not a day of celebration" because of what happened to Native Americans.
Below the jump are a few examples of Curry's bias over the years but to see even more of her most liberal and just plain embarrassing moments during her tenure at the Today show please visit her Profile in Bias page at MRC.org.
Curry Tells Bush: Americans 'Suffering' Because of War
During a live interview with the President and the First Lady from Tanzania on the February 18, 2008 Today show, NBC's Ann Curry pestered Bush about the Iraq war and its economic impact on Americans as she lectured: "I mean they say they're suffering because of this war." Curry had discounted Bush's insistence that he carries a "burden" in taking the nation to war as she lamented: "Some Americans believe, that they feel they're carrying the burden because of this economy. I mean they say they're suffering because of this war." When Bush said he disagreed, a puzzled Curry countered: "You don't agree with that? Has nothing to do with the economy? The war? The spending on the war?" Curry later pressed Bush to concede the war is lost and so no more Americans should die "in vain" in Iraq: "At some point, if you're absolutely wrong, you don't want any more soldiers to die in vain."
Gore Thanks NBC for 'Live Earth' Coverage, Curry Urges Him to Run
Appearing with Curry during NBC's prime time coverage Saturday July 7, 2007 of Al Gore's "Live Earth" concerts, Gore gave a shout out to the network for its donation to his global warming cause, as Gore told Curry: "Thanks for what NBC has been doing." Curry didn't exactly deliver a hard-hitting interview. When Gore declared the concerts "the largest global entertainment event in all of history," she congratulated him before
pressing him about running for President, suggesting that "without you there will not be the political will in the White House to fight global warming." She pleaded: "A lot of people want me to ask you tonight if you're running for President. And I know what you're answer is gonna be, believe me. I gotta ask you though. After fueling this grass roots movement, if you become convinced that without you there will not be the political will in the White House to fight global warming to the level that is required, because the clock is ticking, would you answer the call? Would you answer the call, yes or no?"
Curry Can't Find Illinois on a Map, Points to Minnesota
On the Feb 4, 2008 Today show co-host Ann Curry was breaking down the delegate counts for each Super Tuesday state with NBC's political director Chuck Todd, but when it came to finding Obama's home state of Illinois on the map, Curry pointed to Minnesota instead.
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