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COURIC FACES PAY CUT; DEEP LAYOFFS HIT CBSNEWS
Drudge Report ^ | Feb. 3, 2010

Posted on 02/03/2010 7:07:58 AM PST by COUNTrecount

CBSNEWS anchorwoman and 60 MINUTES contributor Katie Couric faces a dramatic pay cut at the network, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

CBS boss Les Moonves is determined to save money and trim expenses -- from top to bottom -- at the former crown jewel of broadcasting.

Couric, the highest paid TV news personality in history, commands over $14 million a year, plus bumps for non-EVENING NEWS appearances.

But her salary is now in the direct line of fire, network insiders explain, and a populist backlash against Couric's cash is said to be forming inside the newsroom.

"She makes enough to pay 200 news reporters $75,000 a year!" demands a veteran producer. "It's complete insanity."

The angry source continues: "We report with great enthusiasm how much bankers are making, how it is out of step with reality during a recession. We'll, look at Katie!"

MORE

Couric's $300,000 a week paycheck has become the obsession of disgruntled CBS staff, just as deep layoffs rock the fishbowl.

Dozens of employees -- including staff members in D.C., San Francisco, Miami, London, Los Angeles and Moscow -- are being let go, the NEW YORK OBSERVER reports.

Couric's current CBS contract expires next year.

Developing...

EDITOR'S NOTE: Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press. Tears welled in the lifelong reporter’s eyes as he discussed the dwindling number of war correspondents.


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1 posted on 02/03/2010 7:07:59 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount
"She makes enough to pay 200 news reporters $75,000 a year!" demands a veteran producer. "It's complete insanity."

Ya think?

2 posted on 02/03/2010 7:10:20 AM PST by bcsco (Obama is the navel of his own universe.)
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To: COUNTrecount
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3 posted on 02/03/2010 7:11:46 AM PST by Jackknife (Chuck Norris grinds his coffee with his teeth, and boils his water with his rage)
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To: COUNTrecount

Another story on Drudge is that the giving to colleges has dropped the most since 1969. It is good to see the propagandists for the left are getting it in the neck with the failure of the system as well. Of course, those of us that aren’t overpaid celebrities or tenured professors are much more vulnerable . . . but . . .

still . . .

shadenfreude.


4 posted on 02/03/2010 7:13:41 AM PST by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: COUNTrecount

5 posted on 02/03/2010 7:13:50 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: COUNTrecount

If they axed her they’d get more viewers.


6 posted on 02/03/2010 7:14:12 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: COUNTrecount

:-D. Just can’t feel bad in the least about this article. Makes my day. In the meantime Fox has the top 13 out of the 15 top programs. Ho hum. People prefer Fair and Balanced news. Only the most lib like the elitist, hate America and her fundamental values trash we see these days from these manufactured ‘journalists.’ Be gone nastiness. Be gone.


7 posted on 02/03/2010 7:14:19 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: COUNTrecount
$14 million a year or $75,000 a year.... all CBS "reporters" are exactly the same:


8 posted on 02/03/2010 7:14:52 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: Woebama
yes . . .

shadenfreude!

:-D

9 posted on 02/03/2010 7:16:30 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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10 posted on 02/03/2010 7:17:20 AM PST by kanawa
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To: COUNTrecount

11 posted on 02/03/2010 7:19:39 AM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: COUNTrecount

So when will they shut down their news department?

I’m tired of these sob stories, give them all pink slips and end it!


12 posted on 02/03/2010 7:20:17 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: GOP Poet

This is poetic justice. CBS was so in the tank for Obama for two years, hiding all pertinent info that we still don’t know, from where he was born to how he got to Pakistan in 1981 when US citizens were not permitted to fly there. His college records, everything about his associations were not investigated because CBS wanted “the one” elected. They got their king and now their ruler is destroying the fabric of our economic base by taxing everything that works. This depression is Obama’s and CBS can thank their own lack of journalistic professionalism for their own demise. Couldn’t come soon enough for me. Payback time!


13 posted on 02/03/2010 7:20:30 AM PST by rtbwood
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To: COUNTrecount

... and Sarah Palin continues to ascend with the Couric interview a minor pause along the way.


14 posted on 02/03/2010 7:20:54 AM PST by maxter (Ignorance is not bliss, it is devastating, and we are witnessing some of the fruits of it.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Okay, trying here to muster up a little sympathy for poor little Katie.

1...2....3....

hang on.......

nothing yet.....

wait a minute, just give me a few more seconds.

.....just a bit more.....

still trying.....nope......

I give up. I’ll just give her a copy of Sarah’s book to cheer her up.


15 posted on 02/03/2010 7:24:43 AM PST by conservativegramma
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To: COUNTrecount

Spreading the wealth in the house that Liberals built. I love it.


16 posted on 02/03/2010 7:24:50 AM PST by Wee-Weed Up
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To: COUNTrecount
The angry source continues: "We report with great enthusiasm how much bankers are making, how it is out of step with reality during a recession. We'll, look at Katie!"

This sentence is unreadable:

"We will look at Katie!", or "Well, look at Katie!"

The decline of mastery of the English language continues apace.

17 posted on 02/03/2010 7:24:52 AM PST by Lazamataz (Hey Obama, Can You Hear Me Now....? GOOOOoood......)
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To: tiki

“If they axed her they’d get more viewers.”

You mean if the axed her to keep working, but for a pay cut? 8^)


18 posted on 02/03/2010 7:25:16 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "tea bagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: COUNTrecount

ROFL

The irony.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


19 posted on 02/03/2010 7:25:54 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (November is coming.)
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To: COUNTrecount

This cut in pay will hurt nothing but her ego. She has been over paid for so long that she should work for free. She has enough stashed to keep her living high on the hog for the rest of her life.


20 posted on 02/03/2010 7:26:56 AM PST by Ditter
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To: COUNTrecount

You know, the network brass apparently never thought to ask 1) will people really watch our newscast just to see her, despite the lame, biased content and 2) what kind of audience would watch just to see her, the dim-bulb, marginally literate demographic perhaps? Chickens...coming home...roost.


21 posted on 02/03/2010 7:27:07 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: COUNTrecount
Couric faces pay cut?..... Maybe she can make more doing lap dances?.....
22 posted on 02/03/2010 7:29:55 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: COUNTrecount

I love it. I wouldn’t normally care; but, in this case, I’ll make an exception and cheer SeeBS’ economic decline(it’s deserved) and Couric’s expected cut. I hope all the MSM goes belly-up; but, Obuma will bail them out.


23 posted on 02/03/2010 7:30:01 AM PST by izzatzo
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To: tiki

If they axed Couric and made Brit Hume their anchor, they’d get many more viewers.


25 posted on 02/03/2010 7:32:33 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Brett66

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWuSi00CcNk

When Costanza Double dipped the chip - just end it!!!! LOL


26 posted on 02/03/2010 7:36:14 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Years ago, the CBS affiliate used to be the mainstay default position on our channel dial. Nowadays I have the whole network blocked from my television. Between their news department’s Obama cheerleading and scumbag Letterman’s rape jokes about Palin’s underage daughter, the whole rancid, hate-America network can go burn in Hell.


27 posted on 02/03/2010 7:39:27 AM PST by greene66
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28 posted on 02/03/2010 7:40:08 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (O)
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"She makes enough to pay 200 news reporters $75,000 a year!" demands a veteran producer. "It's complete insanity."

In that case, double her salary.

29 posted on 02/03/2010 7:41:07 AM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

LOL! L love that fist coming in from the right!


30 posted on 02/03/2010 7:42:20 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (happily replying to threads without reading the articles since 2002)
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31 posted on 02/03/2010 7:45:10 AM PST by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: COUNTrecount

What about those obscene salaries paid to execs whose companies are in trouble?

Oh, but that criticism doesn’t apply to liberal media corporations.


32 posted on 02/03/2010 7:45:17 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: COUNTrecount

Yeah, but if they cut her wages, tax revenues to the fed and state go WAAAY down! No-win situation!

< /sarc >


33 posted on 02/03/2010 7:46:11 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: COUNTrecount

ask not for whom the Class Warfare bell tolls....


34 posted on 02/03/2010 7:47:30 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: COUNTrecount

300K a week. Wow. I’m sure her rating warrant it.


35 posted on 02/03/2010 7:47:40 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: COUNTrecount

It’s insanity that they ever thought she was worth anything. Their rating started in the toilet and have regressed into the sewer. They’re laghing it up at Fox!!!!!


36 posted on 02/03/2010 7:50:55 AM PST by ontap
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To: eCSMaster
If they axed Couric and made Brit Hume their anchor, they’d get many more viewers.

If they fired her and made PeeWee Herman their anchor, they'd double their viewers.

37 posted on 02/03/2010 7:51:01 AM PST by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal. Stop Global Whining Now.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Take away KTs makeup and hair people. Don’t subsidize her clothing fund...Leave her with only one cameraman. She can pay for them all out of her own pocket.


38 posted on 02/03/2010 7:51:11 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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Do you think Katie will be unhappy about a salary cut if it saves other people's jobs at CBS?

Yeah, me too. I guess that share the wealth thing isn't that great when it's your wealth your sharing not somebody else’s.

39 posted on 02/03/2010 8:01:52 AM PST by Barb4Bush (God bless Glenn Beck!)
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To: COUNTrecount

Does anyone really watch this clown?


40 posted on 02/03/2010 8:27:17 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: abb

Every year, the “Friends of the Library” group celebrates Banned Books Week with public readings of excerpts from some of these banned books. I chose to read from “Final Exit”, which I described as the ultimate Do-It-Yourself manual - because once you have chosen one of the projects it describes, and executed it properly, you never will need to do it yourself again!


41 posted on 02/03/2010 8:29:22 AM PST by MainFrame65 (The US Senate: World's greatest PREVARICATIVE body!.)
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To: Blue Collar Christian

I didn’t axe for that reply, lol.


42 posted on 02/03/2010 8:29:25 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: maxter

And refuses to do another one. Poor little Katie.


43 posted on 02/03/2010 8:38:51 AM PST by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: COUNTrecount
PAY CUT; DEEP LAYOFFS HIT CBSNEWS

CBS isn't taking my money....

When does this happen to the Federal Government?

44 posted on 02/03/2010 8:40:26 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: bcsco

How about 400 teachers $38,000 a year?


45 posted on 02/03/2010 8:41:29 AM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: COUNTrecount
My world's tiniest violin is playing "My Heart Pumps Piss for Ms. Couric".
46 posted on 02/03/2010 8:41:33 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

great graphic!


47 posted on 02/03/2010 8:42:45 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: COUNTrecount

That amount of money to watch a paperclip? I don’t think so but...we only watch FOX anyway.


48 posted on 02/03/2010 8:48:24 AM PST by cubreporter (Scott Brown turned it all around. The people CAN and DID make a difference!!!)
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To: Barb4Bush

I’ve thought about the salaries of high-priced talent when other significantly lower-paid employees with the company were facing layoffs. Last year, I read an article about how the Phoenix Suns were laying off employees and I thought about how much money Shaq and others got paid. I thought it would have been magnanimous to see Shaq agree to a pay cut to keep those employees in their jobs. It didn’t happen.

Let’s see what happens to Katie and her salary as CBS employees are laid off. Let’s also watch star salaries as movie studios start laying off.


49 posted on 02/03/2010 9:13:33 AM PST by JeffChrz (Dr. Atlas will shrug.)
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Do you think Katie will be unhappy about a salary cut if it saves other people's jobs at CBS?

Nah, she'll be elated she can help the little people... do I really need a sarc tag?

50 posted on 02/03/2010 10:27:20 AM PST by bcsco (Obama is the navel of his own universe.)
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