June 29, 2012, - 2:58 am
It has to be said: liberal NBC is getting away with what few employers could–with what NBC News constantly attacks other businesses for doing.
I’m not among those crying over now-former NBC “Today Show” host Ann Curry’s axing after barely a year on the job as “co-anchor.” She made $10 million her first year and stands to make another $10 to $20 million in her exit package. After her tearful exit Thursday Morning, she’s laughing all the way to the bank. She’ll collect most of the dough owed her, without having to wake up at three in the morning. Plus, she has a new deal that allows her to sleep in and cover puff stories on a whim. Nice work if you can get it. But, still, it bears saying that NBC liberals are getting away with something that would never fly in conservative circles: apparent sexism of sorts. As readers know, I’m no feminist. But I gotta call a spade a spade. And you won’t hear a peep about this from the feminist militants who typically whine loudly about this stuff.
NBC is blaming Curry for a slight drop in the ratings and the first loss in the ratings to ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a long time. But she was only there for a year, and Matt Lauer is a snide, arrogant, balding, ever-less-watchable bore and uber-liberal harangue artist, who certainly bears a good deal of the blame in the ratings slide. And yet, he was rewarded with a new, long-term $25 million per year contract and given no criticism or blame. Instead of putting this on him, they blamed it on the woman, when, in fact, Curry did a workmanlike job as far as hosting “Today” goes. She was a newsreader on the show for 20 years, having been passed over to co-host the show at least once. And when she finally gets it, she’s dumped after a year, not Lauer. And since “Today’s” audience is dominated by women, it would help to have a younger, hotter guy than aging, stale liberal bloviator Lauer. They probably should have kept Curry, and definitely should’ve dumped him. (His only decent interview ever was handed to him by a nutty Tom Cruise, who basically did a monologue while Lauer sat there and took credit.) Yes, she is an unabashed liberal, but a lot more bearable and significantly less smug than Lauer.
And, in what is usually used by trial lawyers as a clear sign of sexism and ageism, instead of replacing Lauer with a younger, more handsome male replacement, NBC is apparently replacing Curry with a woman nearly two decades younger: the always sullen, usually awkward, duller-than-wet-Q-tips, crappy former lawyer Savannah Guthrie. If this happened in the regular workplace, the newly-fired and replaced employee would have excellent evidence of gender and age discrimination. And that’s not to mention that Curry is part Asian while Guthrie is just a plain ‘ole White chick (as is Lauer, minus the chick part, or maybe not minus it). Hey, where’s the minority affirmative action at NBC that they constantly whine about when it looks like it’s missing at other companies?
But regular employers and non-liberals have to face a different set of rules–hypocritical rules and double standards which NBC News and the “Today Show” regularly join in imposing on them. NBC will never face the discrimination complaints and lawsuits filed every day by lawyers against innocent small business owners making legitimate business decisions and struggling to survive, even though–as in this case–there is a much clearer case that mega-media conglomerate NBC discriminates far more openly and deliberately.
Maybe NBC should change its name to the National Hypocrites’ Network. Do as we say at the Peacock Network. Not as we do.
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