This July 27, 2011 file photo released by NBC shows co-host Ann Curry on the “Today” show in New York.
Ann Curry did what many female journalists try their hardest not to ever do–she cried in front of a public audience.
In today’s society, women are unfortunately still not perceived as quite equal to their male counterparts. Crying often signifies weakness instead of humanity.
Her exit from The Today Show on Thursday was uncomfortable to watch, but not because of the tears. Shortly before her live announcement, Curry spoke candidly with USA TODAY and admitted during her first year as Today co-host “there have been kinks to be worked out.”
That’s to be expected with any transition. Does she believe she was given a fair amount of time to smooth out those kinks?
“No, I do not,” she said flatly.
Journalism is a cut-throat industry. We all know this going in.
It’s not just about getting the story first–and correctly. Ratings, page views and circulation numbers determine success even when the job itself is well done.
Curry didn’t take the entire blame for Today’s sporadic ratings slip and ignored those who criticized her chemistry with the cast, referring to her as “the stepsister Cinderella without a prince.” (I’ll save my opinion about gag-inducing statements like that for another article.)
NBC botched this whole ordeal.
I’m unconvinced that a company with countless resources at its disposal couldn’t keep the lid on Curry’s departure if they truly wanted to. Curry said she and her family were hounded for days by the press, who camped outside her home and incessantly called her husband.
I don’t blame her for being hurt over the leak. The fact that she sat on that oversized tan couch, looked straight into the camera and announced what the world already knew was extremely admirable.
NBC News president Steve Capus called Curry’s new position as “Today show anchor-at-large and NBC News national/international correspondent” a better fit.
During their private meeting to discuss her removal as co-host, Curry said he also offered to create a team that would do the type of reporting she likes best. It’s unknown if Capus patted her on the head as he said that.
Curry’s enthusiasm for the stories she hopes to pursue is infectious and I look forward to watching her tackle issues not usually on the mind of the average American.
“I would be trying to give voice to the citizens of Syria,” she said. “I would be trying to understand and report what the women in Egypt are thinking and worrying about after the elections there. I would be spending time with the new poor in America, trying to understand how families will be making that shift with the economy we’re facing.”
Curry’s passion, poise and persistence for telling stories leads me to disagree with her statement that she “couldn’t carry the ball.”
Please don’t apologize Ms. Curry. Young female journalists like myself are watching.
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