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ICYMI: Ann Curry to Brian Williams: ‘Preppin’ Ain’t Easy!’

Last week, the illustrious and snarky broadcaster Brian Williams was not at the desk for his post on NBC Nightly News. Filling in for him at 30 Rock was highly touted, sorely missed, dusky-hued Ann Curry. (S’up!)

Once of ‘TODAY’ and a fabled overnight NBC News shift she held forever, Ann has been on a journalistic sabbatical. She calls her shot, takes her crew, tapes a story, and she’s good for a couple of weeks — or so it seems. And then from the ether, she tweets a “You go girl” thought to her cohort and social media went ballistic. In a so very good way.

MEMO to Brian Williams: Work on your eyebrows brother or you’re a goner.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Needs Some PR Assistance

Vladimir Putin‘s recent New York Times op-ed on Syria may have prompted some serious ethical debates, but it also led to a chorus of “Me too! Me too!” among other politicians looking to distribute their own foreign policy statements. Unfortunately for these followers, they now serve as case studies demonstrating why Putin pays top dollar for Ketchum‘s PR services.

The new, supposedly moderate Iranian president Hassan Rouhani placed an op-ed in The Washington Post urging the United States to pursue “constructive engagement” with his country while condemning the chemical weapons attacks that Iran supposedly helped happen—and he did it without PR assistance. His foreign minister also posted a Rosh Hashanah message earlier this month with the apparent goal of appeasing the Jewish community that predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad worked so hard to alienate by denying that the Holocaust ever happened.

This is progress, right? Not really.

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Journalist Matt Lauer Doesn’t Like Journalists

Well, that might be a bit of an oversimplification, but based on the comments on some of our hack vs. flack posts, we have a feeling that some PR vets will sympathize with Matt Lauer‘s general antipathy toward reporters and “the media” in general (ignoring the fact that he is one of the media’s most visible faces).

The biggest complaint Lauer mentions in his new Esquire interview is an inability to manage the message surrounding the sad departure of one Ann Curry from The Today Show. This makes sense, because his likability ratings took a nose dive after that incident. Here are some of his most interesting quotes.

On working in media:

I had five jobs in a row where I was either fired or canceled…After the fifth time, if you don’t look in the mirror and ask yourself some really serious questions about whether you’re cut out to be in this business, you’re an idiot.

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‘Today’ Show Producer: Leave Matt Lauer Alone!

NBC’s perennial ratings champion “Today” recently made some fairly big changes by pushing old hand Ann Curry out in favor of fresh-faced Savannah Guthrie. Amazingly, the world continued to turn.

But there’s a bit of tension over at 30 Rock these days, because “Good Morning America” has finally started to beat “Today” in the ratings after a nearly unbroken 16-year streak playing runner-up.

Right after the switch, media gossips began to wonder whether “Today’s” biggest star (apologies to mid-day drinking aficionados Kathy and Hoda) was behind the change. Even Al Roker came down on Ann’s side by accusing Matt of “throw[ing] one of us under the bus.” Leave it to the New York Post to come up with a fitting nickname for “Anchor Animal” Lauer and accuse him of being too demanding on set. Juicy!

Well, in an apparent attempt to control the rumors and counter the negative press, executive producer Jim Bell gave interviews to both The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times “Media Decoder” blog this week.

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Revolving Door: Anderson Cooper; CNN; NBC News head talks Ann Curry, and more

Anderson Cooper revealed in an email to The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan that he’s gay. “I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” he adds. Perhaps more importantly, he said that he felt he needed to say something on this topic because people may have mistaken his reticence for feelings of shame. Moreover, instances of bullying and discrimination make speaking out a necessity.

“I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy,” Cooper writes at the end of his comments.

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‘Today’ Mishandles Ann Curry’s Departure

Savannah Guthrie was officially named the new Today show co-host, just a day after Ann Curry gave her tearful on-air good-bye. Now the challenge for Today is making the transition to a new host without alienating the fans of the old one. To do that, according to the NY Times, the show is trying to keep the change low-key.

The problem is this change was anything but. There were leaks and speculation for about a week. And on the day of her departure, there was this big story in USA Today.

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Ann Curry Bids a Tearful Farewell to ‘Today’

There were rumors yesterday evening that this news would be coming today, but it didn’t make watching it any easier.

Ann Curry bid a tearful farewell to the Today show this morning, expressing her love for the viewers, her colleagues, and the behind-the-scenes players on the show.

There had been speculation over the past week or so that she would be leaving the show, possibly with a big payday. During her announcement, Curry said she’d be working on big stories, “the work that most of us got into journalism to do,” which will be broadcast across NBC’s news programs. NBC News president Steve Capus went into further detail about the types of stories Curry would be covering: “humanitarian” stories both here and abroad.

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Revolving Door: ‘The Newsroom’ debuts, More on Ann Curry

The media has been very busy weighing in with their reviews of the new Aaron Sorkin HBO program The Newsroom. HBO, in line with its promotions for Girls and other programming this season, has made the debut episode available to all on YouTube. The show has already debuted with 2.1 million viewers.

Word on the street is Ann Curry is set to receive $10 million to vacate her post at Today. ICYMI, The New York Times published a professional profile of Curry and her time with the show. And over on TVSpy, they’ve conducted an informal poll and determined that Natalie Morales is the preferred replacement (among TVSpy readers).

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Mike Tyson Stopped By the ‘Today’ Show and, As Expected, It Was Kind of Crazy

It was only yesterday that boxing’s former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson and the filmmaker Spike Lee were announcing the one-man show “Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth.” Just like that, they managed to snag an “exclusive” spot with Ann Curry this morning to talk it up on the Today show.

Soooo. Wow. Let’s start by saying that Ann Curry, a fantastic reporter, was probably not the best person to handle what Tyson was inevitably bringing to the set.

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Unlike Everyone Else, WH Has Only a Few Words To Say About Weiner

While both Democrats and Republicans are called for Rep. Anthony Weiner to vacate his Congressional seat, the White House is saying little about Weinergate.

USA Today reports that a House ethics committee has already begun deliberating the issue with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) saying he’d like to dump Weiner from his committee assignments.

However, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One, “The president is focused on his job,” without commenting at all on whether Weiner should stay or go, simply calling the pictures “a distraction” and “inappropriate.”  Although Time.com reports that the President did tell Today’s Ann Curry, “I would resign.” In a tweet from The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza (who has written a post here), he says that the single line “seems to me to seal the deal.”

Separately, we reported last week that Spirit Air was leveraging the scandal for its marketing purposes. These days, the airline isn’t the only brand using Anthony Weiner’s Twitter escapades for their own advantage.

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