PINKERTON: Well, I am old enough to remember when this whole fight about media bias began, and that was a woman named Edith Efron, back in 1971, wrote a book called "The News Twisters," and she couldn't get it published anywhere. Some obscure little publisher put it out. And then of course it was an attack on CBS News, and then she followed up a year later with a book called "How CBS Tried to Kill a Book," about that. This was -- she was a brave figure. She passed away in 2001. She deserves to be remembered for beginning this whole debate, and now the data speak for themselves.
SCOTT: So, is television news getting that much less reliable, Judy, or are people just taking out, I don't know, their frustrations or something?
MILLER: I think it's getting that much more partisan. And I think that's what people in part are reacting to. They yearn for this supposedly golden era of Walter Cronkite, which we now know, according to new books, is not quite so golden as it seemed. But people want something that no longer exists. They're not happy with what they're getting. They don't quite know why, so they lose confidence in the institutions.
SCOTT: There was a poll out from George Washington University. They took a survey of congressional staff members, and found that 95 percent of those staff members believe political bias in the media influences or shapes decision making in Congress. 75 percent of Republicans think -- think news bias influences Congress a lot. Democrats, 53 percent. Why the disparity in numbers there, Richard?
GRENELL: Honestly, I'm not sure. And no, I think the simple fact is that it's the truth. There's no question. I worked on the Hill, and when you see something, whether it's in your local paper or in a national paper, it has an effect, and it has an effect because Congress has to raise money every two years. They're pushing for these issues, and it's a fast paced environment.
SCOTT: Up next, we'll talk about Ann Curry, who takes on a new role at NBC.
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CURRY: This is not easy to say, but today is going to be my last morning as the regular co-host of "Today." I'll still be a part of the "Today Show" family, but I'm going to have a new title and a new role. And this is not how I expected to ever leave this couch after 15 years, but I am so grateful.
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SCOTT: That's Ann Curry saying goodbye to her gig on NBC's "Today," getting choked up over her departure. They say she'll still be at the network covering the world's biggest stories and producing network specials. All that may be tough, though, considering the very public manner in which she was pushed out of the co-anchor chair, the same chair held by the likes of Jane Pauley and Katie Couric. The move by peacock execs seemed akin to the abrupt cut of Keith Olbermann rather than a trusted member of the NBC family, something noted by others in the media. From New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter, "Ann Curry's name is trending, and so is Matt Lauer's. Many of the tweets blame Matt for her ouster."
CBS White House correspondent Mark Miller (ph). "Best wishes to Ann Curry. Don't feel bad. You're in good company. Ousted morning TV people could fill Yankee Stadium with CBS people alone."
And from the Huffington Post, "Ann Curry's "Today" tenure comes to an end. Meredith Vieira got a two-hour farewell. Curry was given five minutes after 15 years on the show."
That's a wrap on "News Watch" for this week. Thanks to Judy Miller, Jim Pinkerton, Richard Grenell and Kirsten Powers. I'm Jon Scott. We'll see you again next week.
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