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CNN Guests Howard Kurtz And Lauren Ashburn: Sexism At Play In Today Decision To Replace Ann Curry

On Friday’s edition of The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer spoke with Howard Kurtz about whether anchor Ann Curry is “taking the fall” for Today‘s “messy breakup.”

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Kurtz told Blitzer that, in a recent discussion with Curry, she’d shared that she is a “hard news reporter at her core,” an assessment with which he agreed, adding that it takes a much different skill set to cover hard news than it does to act as, as he phrased it, “breakfast company” for morning show viewers.

Fellow panelist Lauren Ashburn noted that TV has a history of making women into “the fall guy” when things aren’t going so well — which, in this case, would be Today coming in second in ratings to rival morning show Good Morning America. “You can look back as far as Deborah Norville coming in to replace Jane Pauley and being considered a homewrecker on NBC’s Today Show,” she said.

Kurtz agreed that it’s uncommon to see a male news personality being “eased out” out of a male/female pairing.

“In the end,” Blitzer concluded, “it’s a business, they want to make money. And that’s what they do.

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