One of television's longest-running programs, NBC's Today, has recently gone from venerable to vulnerable within the span of about a year. Thanks to more missteps than a line of drunken novice cloggers attempting the Riverdance, the morning show now finds itself routinely rated behind its main competitor, ABC's Good Morning America.
The man who is destroying The Today Show?
There's plenty of blame for all involved to share. The most blatant offense was Today's producers giving and then almost immediately taking away Ann Curry's co-hosting duties. There's nothing more American than a person who pays his or her dues and earns his or her reward. We collectively love a success story in this country, and there's nothing Americans dislike more than someone having those spoils ripped away moments after they've finally been attained.
In the process, Matt Lauer morphed into Matt Schaub -- the balding, beleaguered quarterback of his team who, fairly or not, gets singled out when the group is on a losing streak.More »