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Katie Claims Carroll Captors "Not as Vicious"
http://newsbusters.org/node/3980 | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/10/2006 5:04:06 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

February 10, 2006 - 07:55

Perhaps inspired by the discovery of new species in New Guinea, Katie Couric has made a discovery of her own: a new breed of terrorists that are "not as vicious."

She interviewed NBC reporter Richard Engel on this morning's Today show in the wake of the release of a new videotape of Jill Carroll, the US journalist kidnapped in Iraq last month. The tape showed a composed Carroll speaking with a floral backdrop behind her. Katie, ever the fashion maven, declared "it's actually kind of a pretty setting." Engel explained that the captors appear to be sending the message that they are looking to negotiate.

It could well be that for tactical reasons, the kidnappers might want to talk rather than kill at this time. But Couric took things a giant step further, interpreting their actions as reflecting that, deep down inside, these are killers with a warm 'n fuzzy side. She suggested to Engel:

"As far as you know, this particular splinter group is not as vicious as some of the others we've seen in the past."

Engel let Couric down easy. "Yes," he responded at first, but then let reality creep in:

"I don't think you can take too much comfort in that. Because she's still under their complete control and this group can change their opinions very quickly. Right now there's something of a vote going on on extremist websites where they're asking people, asking the followers whether they think Jill Carroll should be killed or whether she should be kept alive and unfortunately the majority of the people who are writing into these web sites said that they think she should be killed."

We'll cut Katie slack for wanting to hope for the best in this anguishing situation. But can Couric really believe that these terrorists, reportedly former members of Saddam's barbarous security services, wouldn't kill Carroll in a heartbeat if it suited their purposes?

Couric displayed the kind of naivete that can be lethal when dealing with terrorism.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: couric; douche; jillcaroll; mooseturdpie; wot
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1 posted on 02/10/2006 5:04:09 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show/NewsBusters ping.


2 posted on 02/10/2006 5:04:47 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie Claims Carroll Captors "Not as Vicious"

I'm sure Ms. Carroll's family will sleep easier knowing that.
3 posted on 02/10/2006 5:05:53 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The Perky One should volunteer to join the hostages so she can see first hand what a nice group of guys those terrorists are.


4 posted on 02/10/2006 5:06:33 AM PST by joonbug
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To: DustyMoment

"Not as Vicious"

Yet!


5 posted on 02/10/2006 5:06:39 AM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Maybe she would be willing to take part in a prisoner exchange.


6 posted on 02/10/2006 5:06:55 AM PST by airborne
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Couric displayed the kind of naivete that can be lethal when dealing with terrorism.

Great qualification for replacing Dan Rather ! Go for it, SeeBS.

7 posted on 02/10/2006 5:08:18 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"But Couric took things a giant step further, interpreting their actions as reflecting that, deep down inside, these are killers with a warm 'n fuzzy side."

Oh, I get it, they're becoming liberals. All the hate but without the guts to actually do anything.


8 posted on 02/10/2006 5:08:32 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

She's as dumb as dirt and just as filthy. What a colossal dolt.


9 posted on 02/10/2006 5:08:45 AM PST by onyx
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It's a travesty that Katie is paid millions to voice these sentiments. 'Perky' and 'cutesy' does not apply to someone like her speaking about terrorists who hold the life of their prisoner in the balance. Would SHE think this way if it were HER daughter? I can only imagine how the parents of their innocent daughter must feel on hearing this twit.


10 posted on 02/10/2006 5:12:55 AM PST by Carolinamom (I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. ---Ronald Reagan)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hmmmmm....might they not be as vicious because the kidnapping is fake and the 'journalist' is a dupe for Islam?


11 posted on 02/10/2006 5:13:01 AM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Here's the "pretty setting" ...
12 posted on 02/10/2006 5:13:25 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
In a thread yesterday, New Video of Kidnapped Reporter Surfaces, there was much speculation of the smell of fish.

I heard Carroll's statement via ABC Radio News. She did not sound unduly stressed or under duress. Others in the thread had similar reactions.

After that female German captive got home with a stash of marked ransom cash a few months ago, we have become more skeptical of some of these 'capture' reports.

This capture is smelling of fish. The floral background and Katie's keen sense of fashion regarding Carroll only adds fuel to the speculation that Carroll might be a willing accomplice.
13 posted on 02/10/2006 5:17:31 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Carolinamom
No Truer words, me 'earty.

Like an "old proverb" goes:

"A Conservative ain't nuthin' but a Liberal that's been mugged, abused or betrayed."

14 posted on 02/10/2006 5:19:09 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"The affable Eva Braun of morning television"* strikes again, speaking of something she knows nothing about.

* - Thank YOU Ann Coulter!


15 posted on 02/10/2006 5:19:09 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The tape showed a composed Carroll speaking with a floral backdrop behind her. Katie, ever the fashion maven, declared "it's actually kind of a pretty setting."

Good God - why does the MSM parade such blazing stupidity and cluelessness in public like that? Does Katie really draw in that much viewership that the Today honchos let this stuff pass?
16 posted on 02/10/2006 5:19:10 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: maggief

Here blood will certainly add some color to that background.

After that, I wonder if Katie will revisit her comments?


17 posted on 02/10/2006 5:21:21 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Right now there's something of a vote going on on extremist websites where they're asking people, asking the followers whether they think Jill Carroll should be killed or whether she should be kept alive and unfortunately the majority of the people who are writing into these web sites said that they think she should be killed."

The terrorists are taking a poll ???

And Katie as usual is Stuck on Stupid

18 posted on 02/10/2006 5:21:23 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Yeah right Katie-and to demonstrate the fact that they are not as vicious they will start using a sharp knife to behead hostages, instead of the dull ones like the one used on Nick Berg.
19 posted on 02/10/2006 5:23:44 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Stupid B****


20 posted on 02/10/2006 5:23:47 AM PST by Charlespg (Civilization and freedom are only worthy of those who defend or support defending It)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

In Katie's world, there are nice terrorists and bad terrorists.


21 posted on 02/10/2006 5:25:31 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

bump


22 posted on 02/10/2006 5:27:38 AM PST by Velveeta (<------says: Buy Danish Havarti...........)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...as Jill Carroll's severed-head bounces onto the Today set in front of her.
23 posted on 02/10/2006 5:28:55 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie, ever the fashion maven, declared "it's actually kind of a pretty setting."

This statement is so absolutely unbelievable, it's almost surreal. How anybody at all, even the crazies at DU, can possibly not see how despicable Katie Couric is, is beyond my comprehension.

If the NBC studios are ever hit by a terrorist attack, I certainly hope the suicide bombers are wearing coordinated outfits to satisy Katie's fashion sense before they blow her to smithereens.

24 posted on 02/10/2006 5:29:18 AM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: SJSAMPLE
Here blood will certainly add some color to that background.

"Does this machete make me look fat?"
25 posted on 02/10/2006 5:31:06 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Cool! Move em all to Katie's house!

Mark


26 posted on 02/10/2006 5:31:48 AM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie, ever the fashion maven, declared "it's actually kind of a pretty setting."

Perhaps Katie can pick up some matching shoes while in 'Torino.'

27 posted on 02/10/2006 5:33:03 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Couric displayed the kind of naivete that can be lethal when dealing with terrorism.

Change "naivete" to stupidity, and you're on the right track. She's the sort of person who in an earlier time, would have said, "Oooohhh... Look at the pretty, fuzzy lion! I think I'll go pet him."

At least back then, those people were removed from the gene pool.

Mark

28 posted on 02/10/2006 5:34:28 AM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: maggief


OMG! Hilarious.


29 posted on 02/10/2006 5:35:04 AM PST by onyx
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To: peyton randolph

I've been having the same thoughts. Something just doesn't ring true about this.....


30 posted on 02/10/2006 5:35:58 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org • Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I can understand, to a degree, Ms. Carroll undergoing the Patty Hearst type identification with her captors (Stockholm Syndrome?), but Katie has no excuse for it. She's a disgrace. Thank you for reporting.


31 posted on 02/10/2006 5:36:29 AM PST by twigs
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Sigh..I love the Olympics..but with Katie intervewing..it will be painful.


32 posted on 02/10/2006 5:39:07 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie...declared "it's actually kind of a pretty setting."

The stupidity of this woman never fails to astound me.

How she got to the position she is in, is well beyond my comprehension.

I am convinced many, many people tune in and raise the ratings, simply because they want to see what dumbass thing or remark this mentally challenged cheerleader bimbo will come up with next.

Both times I have watched her, she made me nauseous.

33 posted on 02/10/2006 5:39:16 AM PST by OldSmaj (Hey Islam...I flushed a koran today and I let my dog pp on it first. Come get me, moon bats!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

With Joycelyn Elders we had "safer guns and safer bullets". Katie continues the liberal tradition with "safer terrorists". What a dolt.


34 posted on 02/10/2006 5:39:28 AM PST by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: TomGuy

Maybe. But until there's proof, I just can't believe that anyone, even someone predisposed to sympathy with them, would cooperate with allowing themselves to be captured. That just doesn't pass the smell test for me. Anything is possible, of course, but I would have to see proof to take that position. But couldn't the Stockholm Syndrome be having an effect here? Especially for someone who is reportedly sympathetic anyway?


35 posted on 02/10/2006 5:39:53 AM PST by twigs
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And not a word on the cartoon riots - wouldn't want to upset the NBC agenda.


36 posted on 02/10/2006 5:40:45 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If you ask me looking at her picture in the paper this morning shes either working with her captors or a victim of Stockholms syndrome at this point.


37 posted on 02/10/2006 5:40:54 AM PST by funkywbr
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Only Couric could do a "puff piece" on terrorists.


38 posted on 02/10/2006 5:41:49 AM PST by sportutegrl (People who say, "All I know is . . ." really mean, "All I want you to focus on is . . .")
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To: TomGuy

You said some of what has been in the back of my mind. If this was for Allah - her head would already be off. It's starting to feel like this is for the other god - dollah.


39 posted on 02/10/2006 5:42:06 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I'm not sure I agree with Couric, but I saw pictures on TV of this woman Carroll smiling while wearing Islamic clothing. Can one be forced to smile, and look like they really are smiling?


40 posted on 02/10/2006 5:44:40 AM PST by marvlus
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I wonder if she would think it's a pretty setting if she was the one sitting there. Unbelievably shallow.


41 posted on 02/10/2006 5:46:13 AM PST by FlyVet (Our corrupt politicians are better than their corrupt politicians.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Perhaps inspired by the discovery of new species in New Guinea, Katie Couric has made a discovery of her own: a new breed of terrorists that are "not as vicious."

Not as "vicious" what is this supposed to mean? That they will shoot you first before they cut your head off with a chainsaw.
Katie you are such a naive idiot. Amen.
42 posted on 02/10/2006 5:46:48 AM PST by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Bleh... Im on the front lines - Katie is full of it.

Where do these American talking heads come up with this crap - or do they simply make it up?

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

43 posted on 02/10/2006 5:47:03 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Katie 'Hopefully Saddam Made it to Syria' Couric" is an appeasing moron.


She should stick to colonoscopies, they might find her brains next time.


44 posted on 02/10/2006 5:48:14 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Right now there's something of a vote going on.."

See? They do too have democracy over there!

Kind of lends a new twist to "being voted off".

45 posted on 02/10/2006 5:48:53 AM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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To: expatguy

Thanks for your post, and nice web site: it would be great to visit Danny's All-American Gourmet Hot Dogs in Malaysia one day!


46 posted on 02/10/2006 5:50:04 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

47 posted on 02/10/2006 5:51:51 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: peyton randolph
Hmmmmm....might they not be as vicious because the kidnapping is fake and the 'journalist' is a dupe for Islam?

Bingo! ... that's been my thought all along, although didn't her translator get killed in the initial kidnapping?

48 posted on 02/10/2006 5:52:03 AM PST by nfldgirl ("I love a good rant every now-n-then!")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

We get a real diverse mix of visitors. Iraqis, Iranians, Russians, ++++++


49 posted on 02/10/2006 5:54:22 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: reagan_fanatic
"..why does the MSM parade such blazing stupidity and cluelessness in public like that?"

Why, it's very simple; One merely has to assume that the reason NBC pays her the big bucks is not for what she knows, but rather BECAUSE SHE IS STUPID!

Then everything falls neatly into place.

50 posted on 02/10/2006 5:54:29 AM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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