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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
I told myself I wasn't going to go here -- I wasn't going to weigh in on the pasting Matt Lauer was taking on Twitter Thursday and Friday for his less-than-stellar performance as TV host for NBC's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. But where there is vitriol like this, there is definitely something deeper happening -- something worth thinking about. Actually, I think there are several things going on. I wouldn't call it a perfect storm, but there are some ill cultural winds blowing Lauer's way -- and it could mean some rough weather ahead for him and the "Today" show in the battle with ABC's "Good Morning America.
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December 7, 2012
By now, many have seen the horrific photograph from the front page of the New York Post ("Police question man in N.Y. subway train death," Dec. 5). A man clings helplessly to the platform of a New York subway seconds before he is struck and killed by an oncoming car. The man who took the photograph was lambasted and humiliated on the Today Show by the supreme judges, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. They questioned, grilled and toasted the photographer. Their assumption was that the photographer should have been attempting to rescue the man who was shoved onto the path of the oncoming subway car. His reasoning was that he took multiple photographs with the flash to try to call attention to the car engineer to get him to stop.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 24, 1996
NBC News yesterday named Matt Lauer to succeed Bryant Gumbel as co-host with Katie Couric of "Today" starting Jan. 6."From the day I first saw Matt Lauer substitute for Bryant Gumbel, I knew he had the skills and knowledge to one day ascend to the anchor chair," Jeff Zucker, executive producer of "Today," said in making the announcement.After stops in Philadelphia and Boston, the 38-year-old Lauer joined "Today" three years ago as its news anchor. He has regularly substituted for Gumbel, and yesterday's announcement of his promotion confirmed what everyone expected.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
I told myself I wasn't going to go here -- I wasn't going to weigh in on the pasting Matt Lauer was taking on Twitter Thursday and Friday for his less-than-stellar performance as TV host for NBC's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. But where there is vitriol like this, there is definitely something deeper happening -- something worth thinking about. Actually, I think there are several things going on. I wouldn't call it a perfect storm, but there are some ill cultural winds blowing Lauer's way -- and it could mean some rough weather ahead for him and the "Today" show in the battle with ABC's "Good Morning America.
NEWS
December 7, 2012
By now, many have seen the horrific photograph from the front page of the New York Post ("Police question man in N.Y. subway train death," Dec. 5). A man clings helplessly to the platform of a New York subway seconds before he is struck and killed by an oncoming car. The man who took the photograph was lambasted and humiliated on the Today Show by the supreme judges, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. They questioned, grilled and toasted the photographer. Their assumption was that the photographer should have been attempting to rescue the man who was shoved onto the path of the oncoming subway car. His reasoning was that he took multiple photographs with the flash to try to call attention to the car engineer to get him to stop.
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By From Sun news services | March 14, 2009
Splitsville again for Aniston and Mayer On-again, off-again couple John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston are apparently off for good. "They had some disagreements and decided to not continue to see each other," a source told People magazine, which reported an end to the high-profile relationship - for the second time - on its Web site Thursday. Another source told the magazine that Mayer cooled off the romance after Aniston returned from Europe, where she'd been promoting Marley & Me. Reps for the duo declined to comment.
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Susan Reimer | June 28, 2012
The "Today" show is taking on water in the morning news ratings battle, and it is Ann Curry who's being thrown over the side. "Today" held the top spot for a remarkable 16 years before stumbling to second place behind "Good Morning America" for a week in April, and it is the woman - always the bridesmaid and never the bride on "Today" - who must take the blame. Ms. Curry's critics (always quoted anonymously) say that she is cloying and hyper-empathetic when she is interviewing the victim du jour . That she is not engaged when doing the fluffy fashion and food segments.
SPORTS
November 24, 2004
The Indiana Pacers' Ron Artest was interviewed on NBC's Today show yesterday by Matt Lauer. Some highlights: Lauer: What would have been an appropriate punishment? Artest: Before I answer that question, this is the third time I've been hit with something out of the crowd. You go to these arenas, and it's a lot of fun playing. I love to be competitive, I love the players, I like the fans when they're getting on your back. But it's got to be a point where they say they should hold off. Lauer: No one is defending the fans.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun Reporter | December 31, 2006
From the embarrassing to the sophisticated, here's how fashion shaped our world this year There was a war and a pivotal election. Gas prices soared. Confidence in our president plummeted. It's not surprising then, that, amid all that, not a whole lot happened in the world of fashion in 2006. No major fashion figure emerged -- or died. No completely new thing caught fashion insiders by surprise. It was a year for eyelets and tunics, bubble skirts and leggings. Red lips made a comeback, and baring all (except when it came to a certain exhibitionist pop singer)
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 1, 2004
NEW YORK -- President Bush tried yesterday to protect his image as a resolute leader, reassuring Americans that the United States and its allies can win the war on terrorism a day after a television interview aired in which he said: "I don't think you can win it." At an American Legion convention in Nashville on his way to the Republican convention here, Bush promised victory in the war at various points throughout a 25-minute speech, using the word "win" six times. "We meet today at a time of war for our country, a war we did not start, yet one that we will win," Bush said.
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Susan Reimer | June 28, 2012
The "Today" show is taking on water in the morning news ratings battle, and it is Ann Curry who's being thrown over the side. "Today" held the top spot for a remarkable 16 years before stumbling to second place behind "Good Morning America" for a week in April, and it is the woman - always the bridesmaid and never the bride on "Today" - who must take the blame. Ms. Curry's critics (always quoted anonymously) say that she is cloying and hyper-empathetic when she is interviewing the victim du jour . That she is not engaged when doing the fluffy fashion and food segments.
NEWS
By From Sun news services | March 14, 2009
Splitsville again for Aniston and Mayer On-again, off-again couple John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston are apparently off for good. "They had some disagreements and decided to not continue to see each other," a source told People magazine, which reported an end to the high-profile relationship - for the second time - on its Web site Thursday. Another source told the magazine that Mayer cooled off the romance after Aniston returned from Europe, where she'd been promoting Marley & Me. Reps for the duo declined to comment.
SPORTS
By RAY FRAGER | August 8, 2008
Spilling out sports media notes while making sure I have enough coasters so that I don't leave five rings on the coffee table during the Olympics: *Here is perhaps the best way to appreciate just how many hours of the Beijing Olympics NBC is televising: The 3,600 hours carried on its six networks and Web site nbcolympics.com are 1,000 more than the number of hours televised in the United States in all previous Summer Games combined. NBC said 2,900 hours will be live, even with the 12-hour time difference between Beijing and the eastern U.S. That means some prime events have been scheduled for the benefit of Americans.
NEWS
By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun Reporter | December 31, 2006
From the embarrassing to the sophisticated, here's how fashion shaped our world this year There was a war and a pivotal election. Gas prices soared. Confidence in our president plummeted. It's not surprising then, that, amid all that, not a whole lot happened in the world of fashion in 2006. No major fashion figure emerged -- or died. No completely new thing caught fashion insiders by surprise. It was a year for eyelets and tunics, bubble skirts and leggings. Red lips made a comeback, and baring all (except when it came to a certain exhibitionist pop singer)
SPORTS
November 24, 2004
The Indiana Pacers' Ron Artest was interviewed on NBC's Today show yesterday by Matt Lauer. Some highlights: Lauer: What would have been an appropriate punishment? Artest: Before I answer that question, this is the third time I've been hit with something out of the crowd. You go to these arenas, and it's a lot of fun playing. I love to be competitive, I love the players, I like the fans when they're getting on your back. But it's got to be a point where they say they should hold off. Lauer: No one is defending the fans.
NEWS
By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 1, 2004
NEW YORK -- President Bush tried yesterday to protect his image as a resolute leader, reassuring Americans that the United States and its allies can win the war on terrorism a day after a television interview aired in which he said: "I don't think you can win it." At an American Legion convention in Nashville on his way to the Republican convention here, Bush promised victory in the war at various points throughout a 25-minute speech, using the word "win" six times. "We meet today at a time of war for our country, a war we did not start, yet one that we will win," Bush said.
SPORTS
By RAY FRAGER | August 8, 2008
Spilling out sports media notes while making sure I have enough coasters so that I don't leave five rings on the coffee table during the Olympics: *Here is perhaps the best way to appreciate just how many hours of the Beijing Olympics NBC is televising: The 3,600 hours carried on its six networks and Web site nbcolympics.com are 1,000 more than the number of hours televised in the United States in all previous Summer Games combined. NBC said 2,900 hours will be live, even with the 12-hour time difference between Beijing and the eastern U.S. That means some prime events have been scheduled for the benefit of Americans.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff | December 21, 1997
NEW YORK -- Of modern American society, there is one immutable truth: With a TV camera trained on them, people are capable of astonishingly goofy behavior.Some will windmill their arms and scream "Hi, Mom!" and hold up their index fingers to indicate they're No. 1. Some will elbow for position like a fat man in a buffet line and preen. Some will giggle uncontrollably. Sometimes you wonder if the camera isn't emitting some low-level radiation that causes people to lose their minds.All this occurs to me as I jump from a taxi into the pre-dawn darkness outside NBC's famous glass-cornered "Today" show studio at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2004
Pete's Grille in Waverly is one of those places you think only exists in Barry Levinson movies. At its faded wood counter, doctors squeeze in next to cops. Young teachers sit next to congregants from the local Baptist church. Black and white, young and old, downtown lawyers and Johns Hopkins athletes. An Olympic champion fits in nicely. For the restaurant's owners Lou and Char Sharkey, Michael Phelps is not an Olympic gold medalist. He is not a worldwide swimming sensation, a millionaire or a Speedo pitchman.
NEWS
January 28, 1998
Here are excerpts from the NBC "Today" interview with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton conducted by Matt Lauer.Lauer: There has been one question on the minds of a lot of people in this country, Mrs. Clinton, lately. And that is, what is the exact nature of the relationship between your husband and Monica Lewinsky? Has he described that relationship in detail to you?Clinton: Well, we've talked at great length. And I think as this matter unfolds, the entire country will have more information.
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