Savannah Guthrie Replacing Ann Curry on TODAY, What Can We Expect?

Media watchers are announcing that Savannah Guthrie has been tapped to replace the departed Ann Curry on NBC’s long-running morning show, Today. So, what can we say of Guthrie? What has she done before to prepare us for her role at Today?

Will Guthrie be that long-awaited “unbiased” denizen of NBC, the one that will bring credibility to Today? My Magic 8 Ball reads Don’t count on it.

In fact, Guthrie has already been called out over the years by media watchers for biased interviews and comments. Here are just a few of them.

Only just this week, Guthrie was heard to gush over Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to Okay Obamacare by happily noting that he cares more about the Court’s “credibility” than he does questions of the Constitution. She also ascribed the wisdom of Solomon to him calling his opinion a “Solomonic decision.”

But, let’s harken back to the early GOP primary campaign when leading figure Jon “1%” Huntsman was continually pushed by the media as the perfect GOP candidate despite that he could never actually get any GOP votes. Last Sept., in an interview with Mr. Moderate, Guthrie decided to help him tip in his mushy middle bona fides by asking Hunstsman this leading and assuredly unbiased question:

“Do you think that Governor Perry or Michele Bachmann are too far right to win and beat President Obama?”

For more slaps at GOP candidates, in March Guthrie scoffed at Rick Santorum’s criticism of Obama’s constant reliance on tele prompters calling Santorum’s jab, “a cheap shot” and “an easy laugh.”

Guthrie also slammed Santorum in February for trying to “reignite culture wars in America” after Santorum noted that Obama’s ideology was a “phony theology of liberalism.”

In fact, slamming Rick Santorum became a favorite theme of Guthrie’s as she did so multiple times during his run for the GOP nomination.

Speaking of trying to play “gotcha” journalism with a GOP presidential candidate, in April, the NBC journalist tried to “get” Donald Trump on the abortion issue. Her attempt was clumsy and misinformed.

Last year, Guthrie even hosted a Today show panel pondering the important question on whether Governor Chris Christie was too fat to be a successful president?

Now, remember, Guthrie was the reporter that insisted that there was no “organized bias” in the media.

In a 2010 Guthrie did an interview about being a White House correspondent. In that interview she admitted there is bias in the Old Media, but still assured us all that it wasn’t pervasive.

“I know that I and most of my colleagues work pretty hard to just play it straight and, we may not always succeed but, in terms of some organized bias, that I don’t buy,” she said.

In May of 2011 she seemed to reverse that claim, though, by admitting that, at least on the issue of gay marriage, the Old Media are hopelessly biased to the left on the issue.

Apparently Guthrie is also no fan of Christianity. In April of 2012, Guthrie presided over a one-sided report that attacked the Catholic Church over an employee’s fertility issue, a report during which no representative of the church was asked to participate.

Guthrie doesn’t just slam Christians and Republicans, though. She also plays flack for Democrats. In November, Guthrie gave Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank a complete pass on his role in the financial crisis by somehow forgetting to mention he was one of the architects of the rules that caused the whole thing.

There are, of course, dozens of other examples of Guthrie’s less than balanced coverage of current events, but this will serve to get a flavor of her “pretty hard” attempt “to just play it straight.”

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  • GarandFan

    Does anyone still watch NBC?

  • Today is an always has been an entertainment program, not a news program. In fact, it’s rather obvious that the main reason Ann Curry was canned was because the didn’t like doing the endless fluff pieces that shows like Today do all the time.

    So I really wouldn’t worry to much about the future of the Republic because of who the new co-host of the show is.

    • Brucehenry

      Oh, but Warner DOES worry….about the silliest things.

  • Commander_Chico

    Another piece by Warner complaining about how everyone in media is not a hard-core right-winger. What’s that, five this week?

    Stop watching the Today show and get a real job. That’s for SAHMs and unemployed dudes who don’t have cable, at best.

    Yeah, nothing like watching Hoda and Kathie Lee.

    • warnertoddhuston

      Uh, you need to pay attention. Media bias is and always has been about 3/4 of what I write about. It has been my beat, so to speak, since 2001!

      • Commander_Chico

        It’s a dumb beat – media has the right to be biased.

        • And called out when the bias is blatant.

  • scallywag

    Perhaps then this is what it has come down to. Ratings and making advertising dollars is the catch phrase these days in the current media paradigm and despite how qualified a journalist, if it is assessed that they may not have enough star power behind them they may end up finding themselves being asked to move along, something that Ms Curry found out brutally and to her amazement.

    Such are the bitter affairs of watching yesterday’s heroes go up in flames…

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/07/ann-curry-fired-nbc-executive-comes-out-to-say-she-wasnt-right-for-the-job/

  • fustian24

    The really funny thing is that NBC thinks it’s really got a real ratings dynamo in Matt Lauer. If they can just find a woman with chemistry, that show is really going to take off.

    Idiots.

    • Vagabond661

      If they took away the pretense of being a news source in the morning and just formatted it like a Regis and Kelly, the ratings would improve. They are more people who worship celebrities than follow the news.

      • jim_m

        Their ratings would improve?

        Yeah, because America just can’t get enough of Matt Lauer, a pudgy, balding, middle-aged man with little personality (and the little he has is bland). Trying to find a female co-anchor that creates chemistry with him is like trying to find an element that has chemistry with a Noble Gas. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/416955/noble-gas

  • King Choom

    She be my new bitch. Dey all be ma bitches.

  • Chelsea Green

    I think we can all agree that Today is not going to see the
    heightened viewer ratings they are hoping for. In fact, I predict quite the
    opposite. I used to consider myself a fan of Today. While getting ready for
    work at Dish each morning, I would turn on Today for a hybrid of news and
    entertainment. I would find myself defending the show during an ongoing debate with
    my husband, since he’s always preferred Good Morning America. Since we could
    never come to an agreement, one of us would inevitably be forced to utilize our
    Hopper DVR’s capability to watch or record up to six things at once, so we
    could watch our respective shows in different parts of the house. My main
    argument in favor of Today was it’s professionalism in comparison to Good
    Morning America, but that has all gone out the window with the Ann Curry stunt.
    I’m sure regardless of Gurthrie’s political stance, she will see some success
    on the show. However, I will be amongst the many viewers that will not be
    tuning in to find out.