By Dave Andrusko
As most of our readers know, Katie Couric is exiting Stage Left from her anchor post at CBS Evening News.” Exactly when is unclear, but her contract is up in July. According to the Associated Press, Couric, who gained fame as a co-host of NBC’s “The Today Show,” is expected to go back to her strength: a syndicated talk show in 2012.
AP’s David Bauder leads with the truth—after enormous publicity, Couric’s ratings sank like the Titanic—before attempting to find some bright spots. For Bauder that includes Couric’s “memorable” interview with then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2008.”
In fact, for her hatchet job on Gov. Palin, Couric received an award for Special Achievement for National Impact on the 2008 Campaign from Reliable Resources, “a group run out of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California,” Newsbusters explained at the time. The judges called her interview a “defining moment in the 2008 presidential campaign.”
It was “defining” alright. Couric practically rubbed elbows in her warm and fuzzy interview with the pro-abortion Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Biden. Biden, who had already demonstrated an astonishing capacity for making remarkably inaccurate statements, was given a pass by Couric when, for example, he said Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President when the depression began. (It was, of course, President Hoover.) And, needless to say, Biden’s boilerplate—and therefore inaccurate–explanation of Roe went without comment.
None of that chumminess in the interview with pro-life Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Couric not only attempted to demean Palin, but asked the most difficult questions about abortions–in cases of rape and incest–not once, but twice.
Could you imagine the uproar had Couric asked Biden about Barack Obama’s support for partial-birth abortion? Or how as a member of the Illinois State Senate Obama opposed the proposed “Born-Alive Infants Protection Act”?
This was a “defining moment”—defining Couric’s agenda.
We can only hope by the time she is of doing her Oprah-lite talk show, CBS News has installed someone in the anchor’s desk comfortable with being impartial.