In 2006, she showed her hippie-friendly stripes by promoting a concert with activist Trudie Styler, the wife of the rock star Sting. Styler said global warming was coming home to roost on a "karmic level" and said her concert's after-party would have a "Woodstock theme," singing '60s songs in '60s clothes, and Curry begged, "Oh, please give me an invitation to that one!"
In 2002, Curry interviewed Jane Goodall, the "legendary" chimpanzee-wrangler and sympathetically underlined Goodall's radical cant: "You had once written, quote, 'I feel deep shame when I look into the eyes of my grandchildren and think how much damage has been done to the planet Earth since I was their age. Each of us must work as hard as we can now to heal the hurts and save what is left.' Why do you think each one of us can make a difference given the enormity of the damage?"
Curry meshes perfectly with the way NBC has promoted "green" initiatives such as Al Gore's 2007 "Live Earth" concerts. In the midst of oodles of live coverage on NBC, Curry urged Gore to run for president: "After fueling this grassroots movement, if you become convinced that without you, there will not be the political will in the White House to fight global warming to the level that is required because the clock is ticking, would you answer the call?"
Curry does not bow and scrape before Republican officials. Back in early 2008, she scolded President Bush that the high cost of the Iraq War was bringing "suffering" to the American people. But when she chatted with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama weeks later, after insisting he might want to pick Hillary Clinton as vice president, she tossed softball questions like: "Coffee or tea? ... Beatles or the Rolling Stones? ... Cubs or White Sox? ... Basketball or bowling?" There was also "Best thing your mom ever taught you?"
In short, it's worrisome -- and predictable -- that NBC is now placing its high-profit "Today" franchise in the hands of a woman whose soft-news hero was Katie Couric and whose hard-news hero is Helen Thomas. Old TV habits die hard, but I predict "Today" watchers will find Curry's daily output is just too much syrupy bias to tolerate. They need fewer Twinkies and more fiber in their media diet.