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Grim-Faced Katie Couric, Wearing Black, Downplays Success, Highlights Problems
The Today Show

Posted on 12/15/2003 4:42:43 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Katie Couric didn't disappoint. As soon as the news of Saddam's capture broke yesterday, a number of FReepers began speculating as to how Couric would react to the "bad" news this morning.

I for one hypothesized that Katie would be wearing black, and sure enough, she was!

Couric interviewed Gen. Ricardo Sanchez. His troops captured Saddam, and Sanchez spoke with him personally on two occasions.

Throughout the interview, Katie maintained that grim, lock-jawed expression reserved for bad news and unpleasant interactions. Unless I'm mistaken, she never congratulated the general.

She quickly threw in Sanchez's face the response from Saddam when asked if he had WMD: "No of course not, the US dreamed them up to have a reason to go to war with us. We didn't allow inspections only because we didn't want them to go into presidential areas and intrude on our privacy."

Next, Katie wanted to paint a gloomy picture as to how Saddam's capture wouldn't improve the situation on the ground:

"Clearly, Saddam was in no position to orchestrate anything. Militarily, how much of the enemies' capabilities have really been degraded by this capture?"

"Isn't Saddam's capture basically just symbolic?"

Sanchez said that it was more than symbolic, and that although there would still be violence, this was a major step.

Couric wouldn't give up on her notion that Saddam's capture, if anything, makes things WORSE in Iraq.

"Soem are worried that this will actually incite more violence from members of the insurgency - Al Qaida, Islamic Jihadists. Couldn't it create a climate of more violence against US troops?"

Next, Katie sought to emphasize that the US has still failed to capture a more important fugitive.

Q: "Ibrahim Al-Duri is considered the real mastermind. How critical is his capture?"

Sanchez said that they would aggressively be seeking him and other HVTs (high value targets). The general concluded by very politely thanking Katie for her support!

Matt Lauer was much more balanced. He began by congratulating Gen. Odierno. and when Gen. Odierno concluded by saying "God Bless America," Lauer smiled pleasantly and said "nice way to end the interview."

Katie then interviewed Tim Russert. Russert observed that in his comments yesterday, Pres. Bush was quite measured. He wanted to avoid a repeat of the "Mission Accomplished" triumphalism.

Asked a worried Couric, "In political terms for Pres. Bush, is this a big boost, is it long-lasting?"

Russert: in the short term it is. If the economy is strong and Iraq is secure, he coasts to victory. Otherwise it could be tight.

Katie: "Everything seems to be so unpredictable [at least she hopes it is]. But when it comes to candidates particularly Dean, how does this affect him?

Russert: "Lieberman's statement about Dean, that if Dean were president Saddam would still be in power, was very aggressive. The issue will now really be engaged. Lieberman will carry the argument."

Finally, Katie wanted to portray the US as something of an international pariah, and to echo the official Dem line that the Saddam capture creates the opportunity for more internationlization:

Couric: "I think it's fair to say that the world view of the US not particularly favorable. Will the US use the capture of Saddam as an opportunity for more internationalization of the effort in Iraq?"

Russert: "This is a rare opportunity for a new beginning. Pres. Bush needs to be magnanimous."


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Though it was all so predictable, it was still shocking to see it played out by the book. A black-garbed, clenched-jaw Couric, desperately trying to put the worst possible spin on every aspect of the capture of Saddam Hussein.
1 posted on 12/15/2003 4:42:44 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...
Today Show ping.
2 posted on 12/15/2003 4:45:04 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Tim Russert parrots all the Dems talking points.Outrageous!
3 posted on 12/15/2003 4:45:19 AM PST by MEG33
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I forgot.Thank you for performing this service for us so we don't have to watch!
4 posted on 12/15/2003 4:46:24 AM PST by MEG33
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Seeing the Perkster this upset is almost as much fun as catching Saddam. Let's just enjoy her misery.
5 posted on 12/15/2003 4:47:17 AM PST by speedy
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To: speedy
The Today Show - AKA The Black Widow Spider's Hole!
6 posted on 12/15/2003 4:48:17 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie's teleprompter apparently has been short-circuited. FoxNews has been reporting for 30 minutes new captures (numerous/multiple) of insurgents and insurgent leaders in Bagdad.

As more captures occur and information is released, it may be another grim day for the liberals. [snicker]
7 posted on 12/15/2003 4:48:45 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Last night, there was a lady in the checkout lane with her wig on backwards who was talking about how much she adored that "delightful Katie Couric."

I found this troubling.

8 posted on 12/15/2003 4:49:11 AM PST by battlegearboat
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Howard Dean will hold a news conference today in which he will suggest the US should now surrender.
9 posted on 12/15/2003 4:50:44 AM PST by aardvark1
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I'm watching it. Ugh, she's unbelieveable. Is there ANYONE at NBC who has the cojones to confront her and tell her to maybe cool it, just a little???

Ask tough questions, sure, but the obvious gloom and misery and sheer slanted-ness of her demeanor... mind-boggling. The left have truly lost their minds.
10 posted on 12/15/2003 4:50:53 AM PST by Jhensy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Good catch. See my GMA post.
11 posted on 12/15/2003 4:51:08 AM PST by MindBender26 (For more news as it happens, stay tuned to your local FReeper Network station)
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To: All
I forgot to mention a very interesting fact that Russert mentioned.

As people know, Dean had been long scheduled to give a foreign policy speech today, and is reportedly scrambling to adjust his remarks in light of the Saddam capture.

Well, Russert announced that guess-who-else has suddenly announced that she too will be giving a foreign policy address today? You got it: Hillary!

In other words, Hillary can't stand to see Dean or anyone else grab the spotlight at this crucial time. She wants to steal Dean's headline and suck the oxygen out of the campaign. As we know, for the Clintons, it's always about them.
12 posted on 12/15/2003 4:51:27 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: battlegearboat
LOL!



Maybe it was Cuoric in disguise.
13 posted on 12/15/2003 4:51:45 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
We had the Today completely by accident....heard the opening, and we were not disappointed. I think pokerfaced & mourning Katie said that capturing Saddam was a "political victory" for President Bush....that was enough for us, we turned to FOX. There is a reason why their ratings have slipped.
14 posted on 12/15/2003 4:52:47 AM PST by Ragirl
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Russert: "Lieberman's statement about Dean, that if Dean were president Saddam would still be in power, was very aggressive...."

Hey Joe! If your 2000 running mate were president, Saddam would still be in power.

15 posted on 12/15/2003 4:53:54 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Ladies and Gentlemen....WE GOT HIM!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I for one hypothesized that Katie would be wearing black, and sure enough, she was!

And the good news just keeps on 'a comin'.

(It must truly chap Couric's hide that she will be forever associated in the public mind with her colon and bodily waste).

16 posted on 12/15/2003 4:54:05 AM PST by Johnny_Cipher (Dimension Zero)
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To: MindBender26
Good catch. See my GMA post.

A cross-link would be helpful. FYI
17 posted on 12/15/2003 4:54:14 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Thanks for the ping. I cannot believe she wore black and could not bring herself to congratulate the General. Even the "Bent One" (X42) was magnanimous enought to not only congratulate the military but the President as well.

Oh well, we will get the last laugh the morning after the elections ;-)

18 posted on 12/15/2003 4:54:24 AM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
GOD BLESS AMERICA!

It may just be me, but I thought she looked more disappointed about Saddam's capture than she looked when Gore lost.

My hat's off to you!
19 posted on 12/15/2003 4:54:44 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Your joy is your sorrow unmasked." --- GIBRAN)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I had to catch perky Katie's reaction today and she certainly is in mourning. I noticed she was wearing black also. Her talking point is to try and minimize the "military" importance of this great event.

Interesting that Bill O’Reilly was just on promoting his book and when asked about today’s events he said "This is a great day for all of us and those who don't think so need to look at yourselves". I don’t know who he was referring to though.

20 posted on 12/15/2003 4:55:18 AM PST by McGruff (Remember, No Gloating !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Oh goody! She is about to come on here, and I can laugh at her with glee!
21 posted on 12/15/2003 4:56:03 AM PST by Maigrey (Second question: Where is Scott Speicher?)
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To: battlegearboat
Sounds like someone who would have trouble with chad style voting.
22 posted on 12/15/2003 4:56:08 AM PST by xp38
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie was no different when she interviewed General Schwartzkoph. Oh where has her perkiness gone?

Even after the General explained how Saddam's capture affected him and other Gulf War vets, Katie asked questions that made it seem as if she hadn't even been listening 30 seconds earlier, as if she simply had to get in her nasty editorial soundbites.

Katie is so over...and remember, doubly depressed today because Diane Sawyer got the big interview with President Bush, which I think will be televised tonight? (Not for sure if it's tonight or later.)

Back to Katie: Did she or Matt comment on the patriotic, biased, emotional outburst of the Iraqi reporters?

23 posted on 12/15/2003 4:56:32 AM PST by YaYa123 (@Katie Is So Over.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
NPR was just about as good yesterday evening. They were talking to the NPR news women on the scene in Iraq. She was spewing the liberal line of the day that although the capture of Saddam was good, it didn't really mean anything in the long run, we needed an international coalition... blah... blah... blah... The studio announcer then caught her off guard by asking if she thought Saddams capture would help president Bush politically. She sputtered for a second then she managed to force out that it could "possibly" help him in the short term. She spent the rest of the broadcast trying to repent for her blasphemy, by reminding everyone that election was a long way away and Saddams capture would probably be long forgotten by then and there were still alot of things that could go wrong.

Then they segwayed into a "fair and balanced" segment with an "average" army seargent who was chosen at "random" as the voice of the troops. This fellow was oppossed to the occupation, didn't understand why we are there and didn't think the capture of Saddam really mattered.
24 posted on 12/15/2003 4:56:49 AM PST by apillar
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie's interview this morning was so biased that I thought that NBC was an affilite of Al-Jazeera.Silly me, it is.
Gen. Sanchez even thanked Qu'aty for her support without gagging. Now THERE is a warrior.
25 posted on 12/15/2003 4:57:20 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Between her black dress and stringy, unwashed, bad-hair-day look, Katie was just this side of sack cloth and ashes!
26 posted on 12/15/2003 4:57:28 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
A PERKY GOLDEN OLDIE FROM THE INVASION OF BAGHDAD

Couric, representing NBC (and French interests):
"We (at NBC) all hope and pray that Saddam escaped harm, and hopefully fled to Syria."

27 posted on 12/15/2003 4:57:41 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I for one hypothesized that Katie would be wearing black, and sure enough, she was!

She did the same thing the morning after Gore lost.

Katie Couric in Mourning. Wearing Funeral Clothes This Morning

28 posted on 12/15/2003 4:57:45 AM PST by Dane
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Q: "Ibrahim Al-Duri is considered the real mastermind. How critical is his capture?"

LOL! Not 1 in 1000 people here knows who Al-Duri is but just about every schoolkid has heard of Saddam. This is like saying that Hitler was unimportant because Baldur Von Schirach was the real mastermind of the Third Reich.

29 posted on 12/15/2003 4:57:45 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Ladies and Gentlemen....WE GOT HIM!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Thanks for the briefing. All in all it's just another brick in the wall...of propaganda from domestic enemies. Thanks for helping us TEAR DOWN THAT WALL.
30 posted on 12/15/2003 4:58:27 AM PST by PGalt
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To: MEG33; governsleastgovernsbest
Tim Russert parrots all the Dems talking points.Outrageous!

Yes, and did you get a load of Russert's lame interview, fawning of Hillary last Sunday? I thought he was going to ask to be her VP!

Timmy is going down (on) hill (Hill) fast, or maybe he was there all the time!

31 posted on 12/15/2003 4:59:37 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: COUNTrecount
"Qu'aty" Couric. Good one! LOL!
32 posted on 12/15/2003 4:59:55 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Clearly, Saddam was in no position to orchestrate anything. Militarily, how much of the enemies' capabilities have really been degraded by this capture?"

Here's my personal take on this.

Saddam operated as the God-subject of a cult of personality. This really is a case where if you "cut off the head, the snake will die". Without the subject of the cult's reverence to rally behind, there's really nothing left for the dead-enders to do but try to escape to Syria, stand down and try to blend in to the population (and the population knows who they are), or to join forces with the foreign fighters allied with Al Qeada.

I think we can expect a quick end to the "resistance", except for the foreigners. And I have great hopes that the liberated Iraquis will now deal with them.

Ths is a beginning of the new day for Iraq.

33 posted on 12/15/2003 5:00:03 AM PST by Kenton (This space for rent)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie colic looks like a cheerleader that lost her pom poms.
34 posted on 12/15/2003 5:00:18 AM PST by solo gringo (Always Ranting Always Rite)
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Please let me know by post or private message if you'd like on or off the Today Show ping list for semi-regular reports of liberal media bias at The Today Show and other morning news shows.
35 posted on 12/15/2003 5:00:55 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: apillar
Then they segwayed into a "fair and balanced" segment with an "average" army seargent who was chosen at "random" as the voice of the troops.

I always figured Couric to be more the unicycle type (with colonsocope built into the seat) myself. But if she wants to ride a rich kid's toy around the NBC studios, who am I to say no?

36 posted on 12/15/2003 5:01:16 AM PST by Johnny_Cipher (Dimension Zero)
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To: PJ-Comix
LOL Thats true!

I heard on the radio this am that The Italian Leader said "We have captured the WMD" (saddam). Funny but true in many ways.

37 posted on 12/15/2003 5:01:34 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: speedy
The Perkster is crusty's lover.
38 posted on 12/15/2003 5:03:38 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: TomGuy
Katie's teleprompter apparently has been short-circuited. FoxNews has been reporting for 30 minutes new captures (numerous/multiple) of insurgents and insurgent leaders in Bagdad.

Don't worry. Once we get Al-Duri, Katie will be claiming the Five of Hearts is the real mastermind, and asking why we don't have him in custody.

39 posted on 12/15/2003 5:04:04 AM PST by NittanyLion
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Yesterday, Dan Blather looked like he was about to burst into tears at any moment.
40 posted on 12/15/2003 5:04:31 AM PST by Ed_in_NJ
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To: Johnny_Cipher
Hehehe Well, Matt Lauer wasn't as horrible. And he did deliver a smallish joke.

"According to people at the scene, when Saddam Hussein surrendered, he had this to say:"

My name is Saddam Hussein, and I am the president of Iraq. I am willing to negotiate.
The reply from US Forces:
Regards from President Bush!

41 posted on 12/15/2003 5:04:44 AM PST by Maigrey (Second question: Where is Scott Speicher?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Maybe we Freepers should send Katie a black mourning gown to wear on the mourning after Election Day when she has to report the landslide re-election of Bush. BTW, I maintain that anyone can tell how the election results went merely by turning the sound down completely and just watching the expression on Katie's face. Here is the key:

Extreme Happiness = Dean wins the election.

Sadness = Bush wins the election.

Extreme Gloom = Bush wins election by landslide.

Extreme Anger = Bush wins election by 537 votes again in Florida.

42 posted on 12/15/2003 5:04:48 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Ladies and Gentlemen....WE GOT HIM!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
She's such a shameless waste of skin.
43 posted on 12/15/2003 5:04:58 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Everytime that video clip of Sadaam plays on TV it "bitch slaps" a democrat somewhere.
44 posted on 12/15/2003 5:05:22 AM PST by Holly_P (Everytime that video clip of Sadaam plays on TV it "bitch slaps" a democrat somewhere.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Include me in your list, as always.

Thanks.
45 posted on 12/15/2003 5:05:46 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Your joy is your sorrow unmasked." --- GIBRAN)
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To: Maigrey
The reply from US Forces: Regards from President Bush!

LOL. A witticism right up there with Will Smith's "Welcome to Earth!" in Independence Day.

46 posted on 12/15/2003 5:06:03 AM PST by Johnny_Cipher (Dimension Zero)
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To: NittanyLion
Once we get Al-Duri, Katie will be claiming the Five of Hearts is the real mastermind, and asking why we don't have him in custody.

And then we find out that the Deuce of Clubs is hiding out in his new guise as foreign policy advisor for the DNC.

47 posted on 12/15/2003 5:06:27 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Ladies and Gentlemen....WE GOT HIM!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
That's a crane sticking in my head.
48 posted on 12/15/2003 5:06:53 AM PST by McGruff (Remember, No Gloating !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Man, it also looks like she hasn't slept for a few days, and has mortician's spackle on her to make her look a little more lifelike.

And what is up with that jacket. Does the woman have no taste in clothes. (Women's rant and all...)

49 posted on 12/15/2003 5:06:55 AM PST by Maigrey (Second question: Where is Scott Speicher?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Liberals" (misnomer, of course) are fighting against the tide of history. As truth--and its consequent destiny--unfold, their mendacity and manipulation will become more and more obvious. As pathetic as they are, they are more deserving of scorn than pity.
50 posted on 12/15/2003 5:07:01 AM PST by Savage Beast (My parents, grandparents, and greatgrandparents were Democrats. My children are Republicans.)
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