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A New Low Point for the Media: Couric Wins Award for Outrageously Biased Palin Interview (Video) ^ | 4/9/09

Posted on 04/09/2009 12:01:51 PM PDT by DrGop0821

From John Ziegler, creator of the documentary Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted.

On April 15th, the once upon a time prestigious (and apparently now openly a political leftist propaganda tool, akin to the Nobel Prize given to Paul Krugmann -not elevating leftist quacks, but rather tarnishing once noble institutions) USC Annenberg School for Communication will be presenting CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Journalism.

Now, for there to even be such a thing as an prize for Excellence in Television Journalism, in an age where a desperate thirst for ratings has ca More..used most TV news to become little more than glorified infotainment, is a bit like passing out awards for fiscal responsibility to members of Congress. But for Katie Couric, the poster child of news as infotainment, to be the recipient of such an honor is like giving John Murtha or Barney Frank a trophy for frugal spending in Congress.

But what makes this situation so particularly galling is the specific reason why Couric is being honored for her excellence in journalism. Couric is being presented with the award for Special Achievement for National Impact on the 2008 Campaign.

What was it that Couric did that was so special? The judges singled her out solely for her extraordinary, persistent and detailed multi-part interviews with Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Of course, there is no disputing the fact that the perception created by Courics interview and the ensuing media and entertainment coverage of it clearly had an enormous impact on the 2008 presidential election. But is this the kind of achievement that journalism is supposed to be honoring? (If it is, shouldnt the award really go to Tina Fey?) And is there any doubt that if Couric asked Palin the exact same questions and she had been viewed as performing well (or if one of her softball interviews with Barack Obama had brought down his candidacy) that there would be no awards for her from USC or anyone else of note?

It is obvious that Couric is being rewarded for the political result of her interview the shooting down of a conservative superstar just in time to save the Obama campaign. Its not about the journalism at all. But even that truth is not the most outrageous aspect of this absurdity. Whats even more absurd is that not only shouldnt Couric be getting rewarded for her Palin interview, if we lived in a world where journalistic standards still mattered at all, she would have been roundly condemned for it.

How do I know this? Because I have devoted most of the last eight months of my life to telling the real story behind the media coverage of the 2008 election with my documentary Media MalpracticeHow Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted. ( The focal point of my film is the exclusive interview I did with Governor Palin from her home in Wasilla where she reveals more than enough evidence to completely discredit Courics USC award.

Even though my Palin interview has gotten a ridiculous amount of media coverage, nearly every TV journalist has somehow missed the most important revelation regarding the Couric-Palin showdown. That dealt with how Courics agenda -driven obsession with trapping the governor on the abortion issue convinced Palin that she was in enemy territory and that nothing Couric asked was to be trusted or taken on face value.

TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2008electionbias; catfight; collusion; couric; dnctalkingpoints; doublestandard; howtostealanelection; katiecolonic; katiecouric; katietheclown; palin; palinbashing; partisanpress; pds; pravdamedia; sarahpalin; zogbyism

1 posted on 04/09/2009 12:01:51 PM PDT by DrGop0821
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To: DrGop0821

They’ll look around to see who’s watching and nobody is ...

2 posted on 04/09/2009 12:04:14 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: DrGop0821

Congress should pass a tax increase on CBS Evening News anchors. Set a tax rate of 92.5% on their income. Don’t worry, bills of attainder are OK, now! Besides, its for the children.

3 posted on 04/09/2009 12:06:52 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: DrGop0821

Couric who? Never watch the person.

4 posted on 04/09/2009 12:08:21 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: DrGop0821

Ziegler is awesome when he goes on those shows. They all try to make him look like an idiot but he fights back, unlike most Republicans that go on those shows.

5 posted on 04/09/2009 12:10:20 PM PDT by exist
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To: DrGop0821

It’s hard to find a “new” low point for the media.

They’ve been shilling for Liberalism for so long now...

Look at this list of “spoken word”Grammy winners for the past 15 years:

Grammy Awards of 2009
Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood
for An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore

Grammy Awards of 2008
Barack Obama
for The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Grammy Awards of 2007
Jimmy Carter
for Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis;
Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee
for With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together (Tie)

Grammy Awards of 2006
Barack Obama
for Dreams from My Father

Grammy Awards of 2005
Bill Clinton
for My Life

Grammy Awards of 2004
Paul Ruben (producer) & Al Franken
for Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

Grammy Awards of 2003
Charles B. Potter (producer) & Maya Angelou
for A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Grammy Awards of 2002
Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) & Elisa Shokoff (producer) & Quincy Jones
for Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones

Grammy Awards of 2001
Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) & Sidney Poitier
for The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

Grammy Awards of 2000
LeVar Burton for The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grammy Awards of 1999
Christopher Reeve
for Still Me

Grammy Awards of 1998
Charles Kuralt
for Charles Kuralt’s Spring
Grammy Awards of 1997

Hillary Rodham Clinton
for It Takes a Village

Grammy Awards of 1996
Maya Angelou
for Phenomenal Woman

Grammy Awards of 1995
Henry Rollins
for Get in the Van

Grammy Awards of 1994
Maya Angelou
for On the Pulse of Morning

6 posted on 04/09/2009 12:17:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: a fool in paradise

What is wrong with Myra Angelu??? I don’t like her but don’t see her spouting off anti-American crap like the others...Ok the Clintons love America too but they are way liberal.

7 posted on 04/09/2009 12:43:55 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

She was considered a nobody until the Clintons made her our national poet. Then she wins 3 Grammies.

8 posted on 04/09/2009 12:45:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: DrGop0821

This is just another reason to completely ignore the so-called MSM in America. I no longer watch the national news programs or read the major newspapers since November, when it became clear they were nothing more than a propaganda arm for the Obama campaign. I can feel my IQ steadily rising as a result.

9 posted on 04/09/2009 1:19:11 PM PDT by kamikaze2000
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To: DrGop0821; P-Marlowe

The campaign’s over, so we don’t have to bust a gut maintaing the positive message about our candidates.

Here’s what we have to live with, like it or not.

Sarah Palin was by far my favorite candidate, but she blew a couple of interviews. It hurt.

That’s not to say that others didn’t have their errors, too. It’s not to say that the media is balanced, which it is not. It should have highlighted everyone’s mistakes with equal vigor. But, that’s not the game.

In the same way as I’d Obama to admit that he bowed before the Saudi King, I’d find it refreshing for Sarah to just say that she blew some things on those interviews.

We can move on now.

10 posted on 04/09/2009 2:04:13 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain, Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: DrGop0821

Couric Studied With Anti-Palin Advisers Before Palin Interview

Katie Couric: I Got Help Before My Sarah Palin Interviews

Palin Couric Interview Rigged

11 posted on 04/09/2009 2:47:10 PM PDT by lowbridge (It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's that they know so much that isn't so - Ronald Reagan)
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To: lilylangtree

She’s about wear out another set of knee pads.

12 posted on 04/09/2009 4:03:19 PM PDT by chiefqc
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