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Couric on Better Behavior in Interview with Dep. Sec. State Armitage (Impact of FR Outcry?)
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Posted on 12/16/2003 4:37:23 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

In a just-completed interview with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, the Katie Couric on display was a far cry from the bitter, clenched-jawed woman of yesterday.

Couric's interview of Gen. Ricardo Sanchez yesterday was a festival of attempts to downplay the significance of Saddam's capture and to highlight perceived shortcomings in US policy and accomplishments.

No one would confuse the Couric of today with a cheerleader for US policy. But while she turned no handstands on behalf of Pres. Bush, neither did she second-guess or undermine in the same way she attempted yesterday.

It could be that Katie was reacting to the tone and the physical presence of the guest himself. The shaved, bullet-headed Armitage is an imposing figure.

And from the beginning of the interview, he set a very brisk, no-nonsense tone with Katie, pointedly addressing her as "Miss Couric."

She was most solicitous in inquiring after the health of Sec. of State Colin Powell, following his surgery yesterday for prostate cancer. That would be expected since the moderate Powell has always been on the liberals' "good" list.

But in her questions on other issues, from the information gleaned in interrogations of Saddam, the possible capture of Ibrahim Al-Duri, James Baker's diplomatic mission with the French and others, the carping and second-guessing was largely gone, and the questions were essentially straightforward.

Even on the most controversial issue, a leaked memo by Dep. Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz in which he set forth in stark terms opposition to the awarding of rebuilding contracts to countries who hadn't helped us in Iraq, Couric kept her venom in check.

As is well known, there is a rift between the warm and fuzzy types at State and the harder-liners at Defense. To Armitage's credit, he defended Wolfowitz strongly and expressed support for the views expressed in the memo.

So striking was the change in Couric's demeanor, that I could only conclude that the outpouring of criticism in the wake of her contemptible performance of yesterday had an impact. Neither she nor her NBC bosses could have ignored the avalanche of messages from FReepers and no doubt many others across the country condemning Couric's negative, carping interview of Gen. Sanchez.

It was a chastened Katie Couric on display today. To my fellow FReepers, I say "bravo." I sincerely feel you have made a difference.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armitage; colinpowell; katiecouric; liberalmediabias; richardarmitage; saddamhussein; todayshow
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1 posted on 12/16/2003 4:37:23 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 12/16/2003 4:38:02 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I wrote this a while back. Still applies of course.

Katie

My TV set is seldom on,
The place called NBC.
I seldom stop to listen to,
The lies they fling at me.
But every now and sometimes then,
I have to cruise on by.
To watch the little evil snit,
And laugh right in her eye.
She wrinkles up her face so tight,
It looks just like a fist.
If something good she must report,
You'll see that she is pissed.
She hates Bush and Arnold too,
America she loathes.
If I was network president,
She couldn’t buy her clothes.
So this I say for all to hear,
I think that she's a slob.
Ms Couric’s insignificant,
I’d love to take her job.

Flurry 10/8/3
3 posted on 12/16/2003 4:40:13 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Christmas. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Mrs Mayor and I wrote a nasty email to them telling them she should step down..

The words weren't so kind.
4 posted on 12/16/2003 4:40:32 AM PST by The Mayor (If God could Vote, he would vote with the Right wing conspiracy)
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To: The Mayor
Looks like your words, and no doubt hundreds if not thousands of fellow Americans, made an impact.
5 posted on 12/16/2003 4:41:20 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: All
Some might consider this post a story about a dog that didn't bite. But given Couric's disgraceful display of yesterday, I found her very different demeanor of today noteworthy.
6 posted on 12/16/2003 4:42:33 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Good job and, thanks, I can't watch Katie Couric. While she was doing her thing yesterday, Don Imus was doing a live interview with the 4th ID's 1st Bde commander, COL Hickey. It was a beautiful thing. Col Hickey, BTW, is an Imus fan and listens to him when he is home.
7 posted on 12/16/2003 4:44:25 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I'm glad I don't have a TV at work. I forced myself to watch her arrogant behavior yesterday, and couldn't stand to watch another minute of her $#!++y behavior.

Is she wearing black again today? Bet she is still in mourning.

Her famous quote at the start of the war, "I hope Saddam got out alive" still outrages me.

8 posted on 12/16/2003 4:45:22 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter are living proof that not all blonds are dumb.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
O'Reilly was denying that Couric was being a nay saying jerk yesterday to someone who was remarking on her performance(I didn't get the name) last night.O'Reilly can be such a pompous know it all....Glad to see she got the message.
9 posted on 12/16/2003 4:46:38 AM PST by MEG33
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To: Arrowhead1952
She's wearing black pants and a black sweater, but topped with a camel hair jacket. Slowly emerging from mourning?
10 posted on 12/16/2003 4:47:23 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I have mixed feelings about Al-Qaetie Couric's improved behavior. On one hand, it's better that Al-Qaetie Couric does not hurt the troops morale and that of their families. On the other hand, it's better to see what really goes on in the heart or Al-Qaetie Couric.

Al-Qaetie Couric.

11 posted on 12/16/2003 4:48:03 AM PST by Lazamataz (A poem, by Lazamataz: "What do we do with Saddam, Now that we gottim?")
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Terrific!
12 posted on 12/16/2003 4:48:17 AM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33
I saw that too. O'Reilly can truly be clueless at times. I think he throws in comments like this from time to time to burnish his self-styled "independent" image.
13 posted on 12/16/2003 4:48:36 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I loved Armitage's "Ms Curok".

It was almost dismissive, wasn't it? I think Armitage surprised her. He sure took away Katie's main weapon, her schtick...that happy face, cutesy pie familiarity, which she uses to disarm her guests and sweeten her venom.

14 posted on 12/16/2003 4:49:03 AM PST by YaYa123 (@Katie Needed To Look At Her Notes Today.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Probably "that time of the month" or, better yet, Rich warned her in the Green Room he'd bitch slap her if she tried that with him. One can only hope.
15 posted on 12/16/2003 4:53:29 AM PST by Feckless
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To: YaYa123
I thought the same thing - Armitage was letting Katie know from the git-go that he was well aware of the stunt she had pulled yesterday, and that he was having none of the palsy-walsy banter that is a thin veil for her vituperation. It really did seem to set her back.
16 posted on 12/16/2003 4:55:30 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...but topped with a camel hair jacket...

Showing solidarity with Saddam's women.
17 posted on 12/16/2003 4:55:37 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (It's not a blanket amnesty, it's amnistia del serape!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
She's wearing black pants and a black sweater, but topped with a camel hair jacket. Slowly emerging from mourning?

Wearing black again???? Give it up Miss perky. Any good news for America is bad for the RATs. Wonder how many cyanide pills she has in her pocket??

18 posted on 12/16/2003 4:55:48 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter are living proof that not all blonds are dumb.)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
Showing solidarity with Saddam's women.

Or perhaps with Saddam's . . . camels.

19 posted on 12/16/2003 4:56:39 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Same thing.
20 posted on 12/16/2003 5:00:56 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (It's not a blanket amnesty, it's amnistia del serape!)
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To: MEG33
Thanks
21 posted on 12/16/2003 5:02:22 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Christmas. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Some might consider this post a story about a dog that didn't bite. But given Couric's disgraceful display of yesterday, I found her very different demeanor of today noteworthy.

She was a snotty little piece of work yesterday, for sure.

22 posted on 12/16/2003 5:02:48 AM PST by an amused spectator (got Rush hate? ;-))
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I never watch NBC, CBS or ABC. Ever.
23 posted on 12/16/2003 5:02:53 AM PST by samtheman
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To: samtheman
I certainly respect that decision. I watch out of a combination of masochism and the conviction that it's useful to keep an eye on what the liberal media are up to.
24 posted on 12/16/2003 5:06:53 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: MEG33
O'Reilly was denying that Couric was being a nay saying jerk yesterday

I caught that, too.

In that moment O'Reilly completely lost almost any claim to being "realistic."

"Prankin' Al" Franken should cut some slack for O'Reilly's lying, since the biggest whoppers are told to defend liberals.

25 posted on 12/16/2003 5:07:33 AM PST by syriacus (Schumer's unhappy federal judges have lifetime positions, so he should work to amend that.)
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To: syriacus; MEG33
In contrast, Brit Hume on Special Report read highlights of the negative coverage of Saddam's capture by a variety of liberal media types. Brit is the man!
26 posted on 12/16/2003 5:09:49 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: samtheman
I NEVER watch abc, cbs, nbc, cnn, or msnbc.........only FOXNews here and the internet. I do not suffer fools... It's enough to read about the alphabet networks here.
27 posted on 12/16/2003 5:10:13 AM PST by tioga
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Brit is the man!

He is great.

28 posted on 12/16/2003 5:13:04 AM PST by syriacus (Schumer's unhappy federal judges have lifetime positions, so he should work to amend that.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
>>It could be that Katie was reacting to the tone and the physical presence of the guest himself. The shaved, bullet-headed Armitage is an imposing figure.

Armitage is a serious avocational weightlifter. He probably has a 54" chest. Between that and the deadly-serious demeanor he can assume, he is darn sure "imposing".

I'm glad Perkie Katie got the full dose.
29 posted on 12/16/2003 5:15:17 AM PST by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Thanks for the briefing. Saddam was willing to negotiate also.
30 posted on 12/16/2003 5:15:19 AM PST by PGalt
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I sincerely feel you have made a difference.

Ah, baloney. A few dozen moaning and groaning letters do nothing. And Uncle Fester Armitage is a loon anyway.

J

31 posted on 12/16/2003 5:16:25 AM PST by J. L. Chamberlain
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To: FreedomPoster
Thanks for the interesting information on Armitage. He certainly looks like a weightlifter, and the "subliminable" message he was sending to Katie was unmistakeable: "don't tread on me!"
32 posted on 12/16/2003 5:16:39 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: PGalt
Saddam was willing to negotiate also.

LOL. "I am Katie Couric. I am the co-host of The Today Show. I am willing to negotiate."

33 posted on 12/16/2003 5:17:25 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: J. L. Chamberlain
I understand your skepticism, but there's no questioning that Katie had markedly changed her tone today. I wouldn't be surprised if in light of all the messages received after yesterday's despicable performance an NBC honcho didn't take her aside and advise her to cool her anti-American act.
34 posted on 12/16/2003 5:21:01 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Arrowhead1952
Is she wearing black again today? Bet she is still in mourning.

She is wearing a black turtleneck with a tan jacket

35 posted on 12/16/2003 5:23:49 AM PST by Mo1 (House Work, If you do it right , will kill you!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Neither she nor her NBC bosses could have ignored the avalanche of messages from FReepers and no doubt many others across the country

You folks really do need to get out more.

36 posted on 12/16/2003 5:24:48 AM PST by Taliesan
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I know that she is difficult to work with in "real life." She needs to be put in her place. Regards,
37 posted on 12/16/2003 5:24:51 AM PST by MacArthur
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I think I read that in the Vanity Fair issue that had the great Annie Leibovitz Bush Team picture on the cover.
38 posted on 12/16/2003 5:24:53 AM PST by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It has improved my whole outlook on watching TV news to watch Brit.
39 posted on 12/16/2003 5:30:55 AM PST by MEG33
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To: Taliesan
You folks really do need to get out more.

There is no doubt that Couric displayed a much more diffident tone today.

Something must explain it. Since you are obviously much more wordly and astute than us shut-ins, perhaps you would be kind enough to enlighten us.

40 posted on 12/16/2003 5:31:41 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
All Socialists are Thugs - and Cowards.

They are either at your feet, or at your throat.

My recommendation:

AT YOUR FEET. Especially little Katie, and think how pretty she could be by not talking i.e. something shoved down her throat.
41 posted on 12/16/2003 5:31:44 AM PST by Stallone (Warrior Freepers Rule The Earth)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie is a New Yorker now. She's been there long enough to qualify. Isn't it some kind of law that all NYC women wear black?


42 posted on 12/16/2003 5:33:55 AM PST by Hatteras (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Maybe somebody over there realized her performance
yesterday was out of touch with the american people.

Or maybe not.

43 posted on 12/16/2003 5:37:37 AM PST by McGruff (President Bush sends his regards.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Talent, your chock full of it, lol.
44 posted on 12/16/2003 5:38:05 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: J. L. Chamberlain; governsleastgovernsbest
Ah, baloney. A few dozen moaning and groaning letters do nothing.

Yeah, a few dozen moaning and groaning letters sure didn't change CBS's plans to air the anti-Reagan hit piece on broadcast television, did it?

Oh, wait, it did.

Never mind.

45 posted on 12/16/2003 5:38:41 AM PST by Lazamataz (A poem, by Lazamataz: "What do we do with Saddam, Now that we gottim?")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
So striking was the change in Couric's demeanor, that I could only conclude that the outpouring of criticism in the wake of her contemptible performance of yesterday had an impact. Neither she nor her NBC bosses could have ignored the avalanche of messages from FReepers and no doubt many others across the country condemning Couric's negative, carping interview of Gen. Sanchez.

YUP! Congrats on monitoring the Today Show and keeping us updated with these threads. Thanx to the Internet and folks like you, Al-Qaetie Couric and her ilk can no longer get away with their extreme bias without hearing IMMEDIATE protest. And kudos to all the Freepers for keeping the heat on them!

46 posted on 12/16/2003 5:39:25 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Ladies and Gentlemen....WE GOT HIM!!!)
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To: McGruff
Some on this thread are expressing skepticism that the reaction from FReepers and others to her disgraceful performance of yesterday had any impact.

I'm not so sure. Particularly when contrasted with the much more supportive coverage from her counterparts on the ABC and CBS morning show, I believe that the NBC chiefs could have been concerned about the impact on ratings, and had a word with Katie.
47 posted on 12/16/2003 5:40:24 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Taliesan
You folks really do need to get out more.

Join us.

Freep people.

JOIN US.

48 posted on 12/16/2003 5:40:26 AM PST by Lazamataz (A poem, by Lazamataz: "What do we do with Saddam, Now that we gottim?")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...but topped with a camel hair jacket...

Yes, a gentleman's camel hair jacket, you know buttons on the right.

49 posted on 12/16/2003 5:41:19 AM PST by Major_Risktaker
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To: PJ-Comix
Ladies and gentlemen . . . WE GOT HER!
50 posted on 12/16/2003 5:41:43 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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