It has been said that the most important characteristic of a TV star is likability. It's the old, "who would you rather have a beer with" argument.
From the time I came across a certain old film, I've steered a course different from most television reporters. While the journalism world speeds up on Twitter and aims for quick ratings hits, I've slowed down and trusted in viewers' inherent goodness.
The Today show's biggest problem could have simply been that Good Morning America (GMA) lusted more fiercely after victory. That GMA was hungrier.
In the coming weeks, this blog will explore the causes (and effects) of the slow, but steady death of Today's domination of morning television. Spoiler alert: It's not Matt Lauer.
It's not surprising that everyone's looking for a scapegoat. Today even lost out to local morning show Good Day New York in local ratings. Ouch. But pointing fingers won't solve the problem.
I was on the show to promote National Wildlife Week, the main goal of which is to connect kids to nature and teach them about wildlife, so the fact that Molly knew about wildlife from her kids was just too perfect.
The far right cannot all of a sudden genuinely like, respect, and advocate for minorities after the policies they have put forth over the last decade. This is not a case where the far right is trying to repackage a tough talking cowboy from Texas.
Now that the Hathaway Effect has been widely acknowledged, how could it be manipulated? Now I'm not suggesting any nefarious motives or a full-scale Elizabeth Warren-inspired NYSE investigation into vaginagate, but...
As ASF's founder and executive director, and being Adrienne's widower, I am personally very grateful for the many loyal celebrity friends and supporters who believe in our mission while helping to keep Adrienne's memory and spirit alive.
Lori Leibovich appeared on NBC's The Today Show to discuss her "digital diet." The HuffPost Executive Lifestyle Editor noticed that she was using gad...
Romney has offered few specifics about what he would do to jump start the U.S. economy, and where he would cut the deficit. It's a secret, just like his taxes, his offshore accounts, his Olympic work, his term as governor and his time at Bain Capital.
I'm a flip-flopper. Maybe I'd make a better politician than a parent.
Ann Curry's half-Japanese background probably doesn't even register with most Today viewers. What a vast majority see is a talented journalist; a class act who doesn't have an easy, breezy morning show co-host personality.
While the Today Show's ratings declined during Curry's tenure, and Guthrie should be fine, it's still sad to see Curry go. It also strikes a blow against minority journalists, particularly Asians.
Savannah Guthrie is likeable, spunky and intelligent. She's a goofy kid sister but with an edge. She must be disappointed to start this coveted, high profile job under uncomfortable circumstances, but she never cracked under the scrutiny.
Curry tearfully told her viewers: "I'm sorry I didn't make it across the finish line." That's not true, she got to the anchor chair and here's where the mystery gets interesting. Ann Curry cannot be blamed for the current Today Show ratings problem.