By Dave Andrusko
Is this tacky, or what? Pro-abortion Katie Couric confirmed today that she’s jumping the sinking “CBS Evening News” ship. Where? In a profile posted on the website of People magazine!
In a shot across the bow of CBS News, she told People, “I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling.” As you may remember when Couric replaced interim anchor Bob Schieffer less than five years ago, she experimented with some non-traditional approaches to the evening news that were painfully embarrassing.
So how did today’s announcement come about? “The interview is appearing in our upcoming issue this week,” a spokesperson for the magazine told The Wrap [which covers Hollywood]. “We often release news from our interviews online before the magazine hits stands. Aside from that, we don’t comment on our editorial process.”
For its part, in a statement CBS said only, “There’s a lot to be proud of during Katie Couric’s time at Evening News. CBS News, like Katie herself, is looking forward to the next chapter.”
A few weeks ago, when it became obvious Couric was leaving, AP’s David Bauder led with the truth. After enormous publicity, Couric’s ratings sank like the Titanic. Then Bauder began looking for 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.
There’s been speculation galore where she’s headed next, including new rumors that Couric might work for ABC. “ABC would have the advantage of having owned the local-station home of Oprah Winfrey during her long run in syndication,” the New York Times reported today. “ Ms. Winfrey’s coming departure has seemingly opened the way for Ms. Couric and other hosts to mount talk shows.
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.
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