Skip to comments.Found Objects: Katie's Big Night in New Hampshire (Must See)
Posted on 01/15/2008 6:24:44 PM PST by torchthemummy
Drudge had this linked so I want to give him credit but the link is directly to the site with the clip. Must See TV!
I thought it showed Katie as quite personable. I expected her to be a total witch with a capital B, but she was actually somewhat likeable. And completely ignorant!
And I'll wager that Dan Rather isn't one bit smarter
agree. the video was tame. not much to see there.
Page holder for tomorrow.
I recall couric going into an extreme hissy fit during the florida voting debacle.
I thought it was stupid and illuminated nothing. I clicked away after a minute or two. I’m thinking they release this stuff on purpose to show people she’s real and not actually a total bitch. But who f-in cares??
I agree. In fact I think the headline on Drudge was unfair. Other than a light bitch about the mic she was relatively likeable.
Katie is not a complete lightweight in regards to HOW she appears - she did Today for years so she has more broadcast time than others combined. But if you ever saw the movie "Broadcast News" she comes across as the William Hurt character - attractive and on-camera savy but lacking the most basic knowledge of the subjects they are reporting on.
Well, when you are perky, ignorance is ok. ;-)
What a waste of time. There’s nothing interesting there. She’s just working.
Very unprofessional and lacking of decent comportment. Self-absorbed and second-rate...on display.
The only fun thing was hearing Katie Couric swear.
"And Rudy's DEAD [throat-slitting hand motion.]"
If you had seen the whole thing you would have seen the complete feeding of basic facts she should already know. She confers with presumably her producers on how to make the coverage more dramatic, in essence showing an editorial instinct that happens to push the view to the left somewhat.
Anyhow - you didn't see the whole thing so why am I even trying to respond to your "stupid and illuminated nothing" viewpoint. I guess since you didn't see the whole thing - and in the parlance of your own post - "who f-in cares" about your opinion on the clip?
It sounded like, at first, she was pronouncing PentagOn as PentagEen. Could have been the “cold” I suppose.
Sorry. I thought the clip showed clearly that a big-time player in the left-leaning MSM, with 24/7 to learn about the biggest story of the year in progress, showed an amazing lack of knowledge on a subject she reports on daily. The News Anchor Empress Wears No Clothes.
Thanks for this insight.
News anchors are not journalists but actors—chosen for their looks, broadcast voice and “personality”—who read a script someone else has written in front of a camera.
i don’t think that it’s a requirement for anchors to carry a mensa membership card. just the ability to read text and apply foundation. :)
Would that we could all be paid a ton of money for being a damned Buffoon. I am actually embarrassed for the Twit!
beat me by 10 secs.
I watched this this morning and think the picture they had of her on Drudge was not representative of the clip. Katie came across as amusing and got along well with her staff- that said... she still give me a migraine. The clip also goes to show how “talking heads” are really just that “talking heads.”
“Well, when you are perky, ignorance is ok. ;-)”
And another thing in her favor: Back in her glory days on the TODAY Show, she was really slick at putting a condom on a cucumber. What a lady!
Why does she always act like a perpetual pre-teen, stuck in that stage of emotional development?
She and it are tiresome.
I remember that. I specifically remember her slamming something down on the desk and saying “I thought Gore already won, this isn’t right!!!”
I know it's easy sport to harp on Couric. I'm no fan. But this is just silly.
On September 8, 2004, Rather reported on 60 Minutes Wednesday that a series of memos critical of President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service record had been discovered in the personal files of Lt. Bush’s former commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian. The authenticity of these documents, initially based on their being proportionally printed, was quickly called into question by a small group of conservative bloggers, leading to claims that the memos were forgeries. The accusations then spread over the following days into mainstream media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Rather and CBS initially defended the story, insisting that the documents had been authenticated by experts. CBS was contradicted by some of the experts it originally cited, of the four experts they claimed, they all retracted later. CBS later reported that their source for the documents, former Texas Army National Guard officer Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, had misled the network about how he had obtained them.
On September 20, CBS retracted the story. Rather stated, “if I knew then what I know now, I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.”The controversy has been referred to by some as “Memogate” and “Rathergate.”
Following an investigation commissioned by CBS, CBS fired story producer Mary Mapes and asked three other producers connected with the story to resign. Many believe Rather’s retirement was hastened by this incident. (Mapes had been in contact with the Kerry Campaign during preparation of the story and gave them copies of the fabricated documents.)
Conservative blog sites, especially the Free Republic and Little Green Footballs,widely believe and have repeatedly claimed that the documents are forgeries that were created in Microsoft Word and then repeatedly photocopied or faxed to make them look aged. On Thursday, September 20, 2007, Rather was interviewed on Larry King Live commenting “Nobody has proved that they were fraudulent, much less a forgery. ... The truth of this story stands up to this day.”
Yeah, Katie, it's all about you. Right. Think highly of yourself much?
First, the good. Despite a heavy cold, she is relaxed, having fun with the staff, not a prima-donna. If you, the anchor, are having “fun” so are the viewers, and that is good.
The bad. She obviously does not know or understand the most basic elements of the story, the WSTVC (Why Should The Viewers Care) the backstory, the "whatsnext," or even any understanding of the whole process. She does not even know the simple facts, such as dates.
Peter Jennings would have been very briefed before the show started. With a few updates from the results desk, he could have gone on for six hours hours.... without repeating himself.
Want to see how good it can be? Watch the tape of Jim McKay, a sportscaster (!), doing the ONLY live coverage of the Munich Olympic massacre. Watch Jennings on 9/11 or Challenger. Watch any of us on Nov 22, 63. Watch my old Gulf of Tonkin tapes (only guy on air at 2:00 AM, with every other reporter drunk after the close of 64 Republican Convention.) We were good. She is a talking head ditz.
“I remember that. I specifically remember her slamming something down on the desk and saying I thought Gore already won, this isnt right!!!
Well, that’s not what I recall at all. It was more of a lot of sulking, pouting, head shaking, and refusing to even discuss that Bush was winning the state.
Not to mention the ole flashlight up the butt (endoscopy), on national TV, program. Yes, what a lady.
Obviously what you say is true in the clinical sense of her job. It's not that this isn't stating the obvious reality of her job but at the same time someone that reads thew news should KEEP UP with the news. I don't care if it is understood that an anchor doesn't need to - I think it is imperative that the anchor goes in with a basic sense of the story they are going to cover live. I dare say (while throwing-up in my mouth) that Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw and, yes, even Dan Rather would have relatively up to speed on the general story.
Also - whether you believe it or not - many people on this forum have not necessarily seen such an extensive collection of behing-the-scenes moments by a "biggie" anchor. It is illuminating on a variety of levels. So you found it boring and a waste of time - fine. Now could you prove how useless this whole excercise apparently was and ignore the thread, Sport?
Ah well, listen. I saw the drudge link. I watched some of the video. I saw it posted here and commented on it. Nothing personal. Just stating my opinion. It's a slow night. Sorry.
Talk dirty to me, Katie...yeah, baby....
Thanks for your insight. Your post essentially nailed what I was trying to say. I have to admit I had never seen such an extensive behind-the-scenes footage of an anchor or general newscaster. You can't do everything but surely one is going to fail at such a job if there isn't at least a reasonable amount of self-study. The up-to-the-minute data of course she needs to be fed but...well you know what I'm saying.
She should get a job with FOX News. Oh wait, she's not blonde. Interesting post.
It's cool. I 'll admit I need to keep things in perspective and not be quite so thin-skinned.
They need something/anything to get viewers. Any publicity is good publicity.
Amazing how that unfolded in real time. Anyone who has participated in a live thread knows the spontaneity of the comments and the collective acumen of FReepers. Rather didn't stand a chance with his fabrication.
I was here then but it’s great to revisit those days. I remember seeing a post here the morning after the 60 Minutes show. I decided to try the experiment myself so I printed out one of the CBS fabrications then retyped it in Microsoft Word. I don’t have a copier so I went to the Post Office and recopied the thing about six times until it matched the CBS memo. At lunch I passed around the two “documents” at a table with about six guys I know. They were flabbergasted.