Ann Curry forced by Matt Lauer to interact with crazy people cradling what appear to be dead babies

Generally speaking, I’d rather watch the elderly practice ballroom dancing at the gym than turn my attention to the overhead television, which is invariably tuned to the Today Show. I made an exception this morning, though, as the happy gang of falsely-laughing, purveyors of faux-news were “reporting” on their network’s most recent stunt-casting coup. (Apparently, Sarah Palin will be joining them tomorrow as a co-host!) I sat there, in a pool of sweat, wondering how it is exactly that we, the American people, allow such stupid, lowest-common-demoninator, ad-driven crap to masquerade as meaningful news on our public airwaves, when I was shocked out of my reverie by the chilling image of two clearly insane women, sitting on the Today Show couch, cooing over what appeared to be dead infants…. And, thanks to the internet, you can watch the highly troubling segment for yourself.

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This made very little sense to me until I read, just now, that Matt Lauer is actively working to destroy his co-host, Ann Curry. Apparently, he hates her, and wants her off the show… I can think of no better way to see this happen.

I hesitate to share this, but I have one more thing to share about Curry. About 12 years ago, when I was working in D.C., I knew a woman who had an Ann Curry story involving her husband, who was an airline pilot. I’ll leave it at that.

And, yes, I chose to write about this tonight instead of Paul Krugman’s brilliant piece on the new Republican budget. I cannot express to you the shame that I feel… Those babies are totally fucking gross, though.

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  1. Liv
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    They are dolls. I thought for a second it was another something about abortion.

  2. Edward
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    If, every time a clot of cells was aborted, it was replaced in earth by one of these monstrosities, I’d be Pro-Life.

  3. K2
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Real babies do not look like Steve Buscemi.

  4. Jules
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Ann Curry is one weird, awkward woman. I wasn’t surprised to see that she was a local reporter out in California, during the time of the infamous McMartin preschool debacle and she “reported” on that case, in her weird, overly dramatic fashion, which I’m sure, helped create a hostile atmosphere for the McMartins, who were later exonerated. Ugh. Ick. Did I mention how weird she is? The creepy, faux intimacy she tries to get away with when she’s with celebrities? Can’t stand Matt Lauer, either, but I can sympathize with anyone who wouldn’t want to work with her. And YES, I hate those damn telly’s at the gym.

  5. Posted April 3, 2012 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    I’m ignoring the dead babies.

    I liked Krugman’s piece, too.

  6. anonymous
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    If you’re right about Lauer wanting to force her out, I wonder what her next assignments might be. A trip into the sewers of Bogotá, wearing goggles and swim fins? An evening at Andy Dick’s home? An expose on bed sores and the elderly? An interview with the cast of Dreamland Tonight?

  7. Knox
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Funny you should choose to mash-up the Ryan budget, crazy people, lazy journalism, and dead babies in the same post. With time, I think that I could make something of that.

    I don’t have time right now, though. I just wanted to pass along this quote from Obama on the Ryan budget.

    “It’s a Trojan Horse…… Nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism.’

  8. Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I thought it was about abortion too…if every pregnant woman knew she had that crawling up inside her, I think abortion would be more common.

    On another note, has anyone ever happened upon one those miscarriage doll sites? Basically, some women who have had miscarriages create dolls based on what they think their babies would have looked like and then…well, sort of mother them or at least have them around. It was absolutely heartbreaking and creepy. I’ve never wanted kids, and I can’t imagine the pain of a miscarriage, but I’m not sure how this is helpful.

  9. roots
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Mark, for constantly reminding me how effed up pockets of our society can be.

  10. Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

  11. Elf
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I saw Palin on Today this morning. I still can’t believe that MCCain felt as though she would have made a passable president, had he died in office. That fact erases every good thought that I’ve ever had about McCain. He put the election ahead of the country with that one decision, and he negated his legacy in that instant. Let that be a lesson to us all.

    As for Palin, when I saw her today, she was talking about Oprah’s struggling OWN network. Palin said that she could make it successful if she added more “patriots”. That pissed me off. Since when did their side own the “patriot” label? God, that made me furious.

  12. Steve Swan
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I hope this doesn’t offend anyone, but it is legal to have sex with these things, right?

  13. Alice Krum
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    We should chip in and buy one of these. We could have a lot of fun with it. For instance, I think it would be great to lay one on the ground, with it’s ugly head peaking out from underneath a filthy rag, in the window of Dreamland. Or, better yet, that little storefront next to Deja Vu, where they sell the sex costumes. Can you imagine the uproar?

    Also, I’ve never been a vocal proponent of late-stage abortion, but if I ever saw something like this crawling out of my, I’d beat it with a shoe.

  14. Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link, Pete! I was going to Google it myself but I just couldn’t make my fingers type the words.

  15. Tanya Stevens
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Oddly, Sanford, Florida, the same town where Trayvon Martin was recently killed, figures prominently in the world of Reborning.

  16. Meta
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Speaking of the Ryan budget, as Ezra Klein points out, in some ways it’s very much like Obama’s:

    You would never know from the rhetoric in President Obama’s budget speech that there are broad swaths of government policy on which he and Paul Ryan mostly agree. But if you look at their budgets, there’s actually a surprising amount of convergence: Neither man’s budget makes any changes to Social Security. Both budgets are content to find their savings elsewhere. Another: Both men have proposed capping Medicare’s rate of growth at GDP+.5% (that is to say, Medicare’s budget could grow by however fast the economy grew, plus half a percentage point. So if the economy grew by 3%, Medicare’s budget could increase by 3.5%). They would hold Medicare to that growth rate in different ways, but, over the past year, they have actually converged on how much spending is appropriate in Medicare.

    That’s a change from past years. Ryan’s 2010 Roadmap included major reforms to Social Security, including private accounts. His previous budget featured much more dramatic reforms to Medicare, including a much lower growth rate. But Ryan has backed off of his cuts to seniors. It is, after all, an election year.

  17. Elf
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Jon Stewart was also apparently pissed off by Palin’s suggestion on the Today Show that conservativism and patriotism are one in the same.

  18. Meta
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Bryant Gumbel didn’t like seeing Palin on the Today Show either.

    At least one former “Today” alum was not impressed with the show’s decision to bring in Sarah Palin as a co-host last week.

    Bryant Gumbel, who led the show for fifteen years and returned to “Today” for its sixtieth anniversary reunion show, told Howard Kurtz that he was “embarrassed” by the move.

    NBC brought in Palin as a response to Katie Couric’s week-long stint on rival “Good Morning America.” It became the most hyped iteration of the long-running morning show wars for some time. “Today” is pulling out all the stops to fend off a resurgent “GMA” in the ratings. Palin’s one-day gig helped top the ABC show. (“Today” also brought back Meredith Vieira, officially dubbing her a “legend.”

    Palin was both interview subject and host during her Tuesday appearance, shifting from heated denunciations of Barack Obama to light-hearted conversation with Tori Spelling.

    Gumbel had more choice words about the state of the morning shows.

    Hosts “used to be judged not just on their popularity level but the extent to which they were capable of interviewing someone or reporting on a situation, or able to have a degree of gravitas,” he told Kurtz. “Now that is secondary to being popular.”

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  19. Craig Adams MD
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Ann Curry is pretty strange.She is dull and appears in love with her inner drama queen—-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Sorry.

  20. RR
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    And then he had her fired.

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