Skip to comments.Ghoulish Couric Tries to Exploit Brother of Beheaded Hostage to Criticize War, Bush Administration
Posted on 09/22/2004 4:36:28 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
In the wake of her performance this morning, to call Katie Couric a vulture might be an insult to that noble bird.
Her guest was Ty Hensley, brother of the latest American to be beheaded by Islamofascist terrorists in Baghdad.
Couric's M.O. in these situations is well established. She inevitably begins by asking sympathetic questions about how the widow and other family members are "doing," and gives the bereaved a chance to describe the victim's fine qualities.
That out of the way, Couric gets down to her real agenda - exploiting the horror to bash the Bush administration.
Couric: "It's been reported that the weapons scientist nick-named Dr. Germ is being released by Iraqi authorities. The family of the remaining hostage is asking [the terrorists] to release their family member since this indicates an attempt to fulfill the terrorists' demands that women prisoners be released. Are you angry that this wasn't done earlier in time to save your brother?"
Hensley, a dignified, articulate man, did not give a direct answer to the question.
In a final attempt to exploit the situation, Couric tried to lure Hensley into taking a shot at the war and the Bush administration with this question, asked in an emotional, almost choked tone: "How do you feel about the war in Iraq?"
Yes, there's nothing like asking the brother of someone who has just been beheaded how he feels about the war in which his brother died.
To his great credit, Hensley refused to play into Couric's agenda:
"At this point I'm too emotional to answer that. I have to go on what I thought and believed at the time the decision was made to go to war and the intelligence we had then. I want to believe that there is still much good we can do for the Iraqi people."
As Katie ended the interview and threw the show back to Matt Lauer, she seemed on the verge of tears. But were they tears of sympathy for the victims and outrage at the terrorists, or disappointment that she had failed to lure Mr. Hensley into her Bush-bashing game?
Every time you think Katie and her MSM cohorts can't sink any lower, we have a morning like this one.
Someone's gotta point this out to the American People.
HEY, that's what we're here for !!!!!!!!
If you start with the premise that they are already in the gutter, you won't be disappointed. Couric is a Dumb DUM through and through.
Thanks for the report, governs. I have referred to Ms. Couric as the ghoul reporter for years based on the very interview technique you describe, including the fake sympathy.
This is why my sign from two years ago, that I brought yesterday, is relevant.
She should stick to olympic coverage. Put her in a closet now then wind her up and let her out for the next olympics.
Tell us about the sign, please.
We know Katie is a bitch - but releasing the women prisoner gave her, and more importantly the terrorists, some major ammo. Wouldn't blame the Hensleys at all for being horribly disturbed by that.
Isn't it telling that Couric and the terrorists, at least on this issue, have common interests?
It has a pic of the man in a business suit bending so that his head is up his a** (very famous picture) and at the top of the sign it says "Hey Peter, Dan and Tom"
At the bottom below the picture it says "Is this how you do your job? freerepublic.com.
At yesterday's protest outside CBS, it was one of two signs that stopped a lot of passersby cold.
A lady complained to me that she agreed about CBS but not the others. I asked her if we should let NBC off the hook about the exploding gas tank thing.
Kristinn agreed with the lady. I disagreed with them both, stating that CBS just got caught. The MSM has a 30-40 year history of skewing the news and lying.
Your post today shows that, hence my comment.
Ghoul - In Moslem legend,an evil spirit who preys on corpses.
I'd Go with the latter, The next segment or two her and Lauer will be gossiping and giggleing with Cojo about queer fashion senslessness. BARF/GAG!
After Action report is at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223070/posts
They let one of the terrorists go?
I cannot believe this.
Since the murdered man was not in the military and his being in Iraq was totally under his own control, how dare Couric suggest that the death is the fault of President Bush.
I had to stop watching the Today show years ago. Kathie and Matt are purely entertainers, not journalists. They should not have any more respect than Pee Wee Herman.
Again to the credit of the victim's brother, he said that when the family raised concerns about his safety, Hensley said that for financial reasons, to help his family, he was committed to fulfilling his one year contract.
Please let me know by post or private message if you would like to be added to my ping list for posts on liberal bias at The Today Show (and occasionally at other MSM).
Again, thank you for your service. If it weren't for brave souls like you willing to sacrifice time and energy I would never know what goes on with Miss Perky Couric.
Her point was tho totally destroy the family. Trying to get them to say if the Woman had been released earlier, he would be alive. Ghoul Couric is not an anomyly.. All dums are Ghouls. I bet she missed the detail that it was up to the Iraqi's to release them.
Thanks, mrtysmm. On mornings such as this, it's hard to say 'it's my pleasure,' but it's good to know that others find the threads of some use.
She is one of Brent Bozell's favorites over at the Media Research Center. She and her buddy Matt frequently bait their guests into Bush Bashing! They're good at it too! I have seen them get angry when they don't get what they want from their guests so my guess they were tears of frustration not sympathy.
Wonder if Katie sits down and watches the videos of the beheadings of American citizens. My guess she doesn't.
Kouric is an evil bit*h.
I cannot understand why a family member would be going on television just after his loved one whose butchering was captured on video. The whole thing seems surreal and perverse to me.
Al Qaedie Couric, the same one who publically hoped that Saddam had made it safely to Syria during the earlier parts of this war...
I feel the same way, unless there is some very specific goal or cause the bereaved family members want to advance. In this case, the brother had no particular axe to grind and just wanted to remember his brother. That being so, it's hard to understand why he chose to appear.
Big time. But evenually she'll get hers. Never thought I would get to see Dan Rather brought down, but it happened.
Further to my earlier reply, though I don't know why he appeared, Mr. Hensley conducted himself with great dignity. Perhaps some people in that position feel they have some kind of public duty to appear, and view shows like Today almost as some kind of semi-official institution that they don't really have a right to refuse.
You deserve a Brass Figligee with Bronze Oak Leaf Palm and Aluminum Clusters for what you do. ( A V device has not been authorized. )
The woman scientist who worked for Saddam's bioweapons program was in prison as a top regime detainee. A horrible "lady" but not one of the terrorists I don't believe. A news story from Britain claims she might be released by Iraq's Gov., but the story wasn't confirmed(last I heard).
Now the guy that provided the fake docs is going to sue CBS for not keeping his identity confidential. What an a*shole.
But my citation, written in 2004 by General Eisenhower himself, specifically mentions the V!
But Couric wouldn't want to let the facts get in the way of Bush bashing.
This morning I could not beleive what I was seeing being done to this poor man. Katie is one cruel *itch!
I don't know. Dr. Germ, aka Mrs. Anthrax was being held, I believe, on suspicion of genocide in regards to the gassing of the kurds. If they've decided they don't have a solid case and don't think they can get any more intel out of her, it may be better to let her go and tail her and see where she goes and who she talks to.
Not very entertaining. In that regard, I guess PeeWee is a good comparison.
They might be plain old crocodile tears.
I just watched the segment--Katie was ghoulish (no surprise), but Ty Hensley kept his dignity.
Agreed. It is impressive how often people in these situations comport themselves with such dignity and articulateness, despite their grief. Katie was closer to tears than he was. Makes you wonder.
To adopt the left's approach to hyperbole, she might as well have sawed HIS head off with a rusty blade too...
Affable Eva Braun, indeed.
Katie Couric is a twit. Perky airhead pretending to be a serious journalist.