The other day I posted this article about NBC's plan to remove Ann Curry from the anchors desk of The Today Show. 99% of the comments it received were from upset fans of Ann, which makes what I have to report today not that suprising.
Iraq veteran Sgt. Stephen Crowley has created and posted a petition on the website Change.org that implores NBC to re-consider their decision to oust Curry from Today. An excerpt from the About This Petition section explains Sgt. Crowley's reasoning:
"First, I have to say that I love Ann Curry. I am an Iraq Veteran and Aspiring writer with PTSD and a 60% service connected disability. Life is not always so easy for me. I tend to struggle.
One of the things that gives me a sense of calm and certainty in life is Ann Curry’s compassionate style of journalism. I was in Iraq for ten months in 2005. That experience changed me forever. I am now very sensitive to the hurt, pain and troubles on this planet, even though I feel that I only received a very small portion of that experience.
Ann Curry’s sensitivity to the human experience telegraphs through her journalism, to me and many other fans and viewers."
When asked why he started the petition. Sgt. Crowley says that it all leads back to an article about Curry's removal posted on Gawker.com - "I thought, ‘What?’ [Because I couldn’t believe it]. I was really mad, and I thought someone needed to start a petition [saying people liked Curry]. No one had, so I started one. Another big point [that inspired me to write this petition] is the theme of Bullying. I felt like Ann Curry was a victim of bullying, from NBC and her critics. It upset me that they hurt her feelings. And that is also a unifying theme with all the fans on the petition."
The petition has gathered over 19,000 signatures since it was posted last week, and to that Crowley added - "I hope I don’t start an Occupy NBC, because I like the other people [on the show]. I don’t want to get anyone fired. I just think maybe they should add more people. Hire someone else too [but keep Ann]." Neither NBC or Curry herself has commented on the petition publicly as of yet.
Do you support Sgt. Stephen Crowley's efforts to help Ann Curry keep her job?