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Katie may have leg up, but itís not on news
Boston Herald ^ | 9/06/06 | Mark Perigard

Posted on 09/06/2006 12:23:48 AM PDT by raccoonradio

CBS is spending $15 million a year on Katie Couric. That comes to $7.5 million per shapely leg.

The new CBS anchor flashed her gams just a few minutes into her debut on the “CBS Evening News” last night.

Couric opened strong.

After a taped voiceover introduction from Walter Cronkite, Couric segued to stories on the Taliban’s growth in Afghanistan from correspondent Lara Logan and President Bush’s warning about complacency in the war on terror.

Then it hurtled downhill.

Couric interviewed New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, asking him to essentially translate what Bush had just said. Just a little chit-chat about the war on terror over a coffee table.

The camera framed Couric, chic in a white jacket and dark skirt, in a sultry position as she listened to her guest.

“Are we safer now?” she asked. Viewers across America were probably thinking her legs should be registered as weapons of mass destruction.

Is it sexist to be talking about an anchor woman’s appearance? TV is a visual medium, and a lot is riding on Couric’s new role. She is the first solo female news anchor for a weeknight network news programand CBS is expecting she will bring younger viewers to the third-place news program. Too bad somebody made the decision it was necessary to play up Couric’s assets over her intellect.

You never saw Dan Rather’s biceps.

After rushing through some headlines, Couric introduced two new features. In “freeSpeech,” “30 Days” star, filmmaker and grump Morgan Spurlock warned viewers not to fall for media hype about the state of the union’s divisiveness. In “Snapshots,” Couric reached back to 1949 to show pictures of Prince Charles as a baby.

That wasn’t the only baby onboard. In what passed for an exclusive, she unveiled Vanity Fair’s cover portrait of Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom and Katie Holmes.

“This is proof positive, yessiree, that she does exist,” Couric said.

Sounding like a third-grade teacher, Couric asked for viewers to suggest her signoff. For $15 million the 49-year-old managing editor can’t write her own? A montage of signoffs from across the years included Dan Rather, Ted Baxter and Ron Burgundy. Two of those characters are fictional. Here’s hoping CBS knew which ones.

Couric debuted on a new set with spiffy translucent desk, new credits and theme music from “Titanic” composer James Horner.

As last night’s broadcast demonstrated, CBS is spending a lot of money.

Too bad the network couldn’t dig up some spare change for actual news.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cbsnews; fluff; headlineoftheweek; katiecouric; liberalmedia
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1 posted on 09/06/2006 12:23:50 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

She is a light weight actress kind of reading news.

She isn't by any stretch of the imagination a journalist IMO.


2 posted on 09/06/2006 12:25:36 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: raccoonradio; Lijahsbubbe
Katie may have leg up, but it’s not on news


3 posted on 09/06/2006 12:27:07 AM PDT by Thinkin' Gal (As it was in the days of NO...)
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To: A CA Guy

I didn't see the SeeBS news, but heard some reaction to it on talk radio, including the bit where they talked about Cruise's baby, etc. Should retitle it CBS Evening Gossip, maybe.


4 posted on 09/06/2006 12:27:37 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

ping


5 posted on 09/06/2006 12:27:44 AM PDT by SR 50 (Larry)
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To: A CA Guy

light = lite

I'm tired and off for bed, that was it...


6 posted on 09/06/2006 12:27:53 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: raccoonradio
They are going after the old soccer moms who want to hear gossip and less real news probably.
7 posted on 09/06/2006 12:29:12 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: raccoonradio
She kind of ended in a bang.


8 posted on 09/06/2006 12:30:52 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: raccoonradio
The camera framed Couric, chic in a white jacket and dark skirt, in a sultry position as she listened to her guest. “Are we safer now?” she asked. Viewers across America were probably thinking her legs should be registered as weapons of mass destruction.

She does have good legs. I was surprised SeeBS didn't give her a glass desk ala Mary Hart.

;-)

9 posted on 09/06/2006 12:35:05 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Face piles of trials with smiles, It riles them to believe that you percieve the web that they weave)
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To: Thinkin' Gal

LOL


10 posted on 09/06/2006 12:36:14 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Face piles of trials with smiles, It riles them to believe that you percieve the web that they weave)
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To: raccoonradio

They forgot to mention the artsy fartsy segment, where a guy expressed his hopes that drawings of orphans from around the world would increase peace and love by just this much... yawn.

He provides photos to high school students who then make a drawing of the subject. "They look into those faces until they know them. They look into those eyes. They gain understanding and compassion..."

This is the hard news you just can't find anywhere but on CBS. Honestly, I was amazed when the Coombayaaa moment wasn't followed up with a musical rendition.

You knew you were seeing the wave of the future when a New York Times "operative" (just keeping it real) was allowed to provide his commentary in the midst of the program. "What does it all mean? Please tell us..."

Oh well. What did I expect?

Katie, I think you mean well, but honestly, isn't there a cheerleading squad somewhere that needs your services? Oh that's right, the liberal socialist team needs her. And it's got her...

Give us a "P", give us an "R", give us and "O", give us a "P", give us an "A", give us a "G", give us an "A", give us an "N", give us a "D", give us another "A"... and what have we got? "PROPAGANDA" Katie is full of cheer...

Welcome to the same ole same ole folks. Three networks spinning their little wheels as hard as they can for the lefty socialists and their global apparatchik.


11 posted on 09/06/2006 12:43:45 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Katie, I think you mean well, but honestly, isn't there a cheerleading squad somewhere that needs your services? Oh that's right, the liberal socialist team needs her. And it's got her...
Give us a "P", give us an "R", give us and "O", give us a "P", give us an "A", give us a "G", give us an "A", give us an "N", give us a "D", give us another "A"... and what have we got? "PROPAGANDA" Katie is full of cheer...


12 posted on 09/06/2006 12:55:56 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: raccoonradio
...Couric asked for viewers to suggest her signoff.

Does she see her audience as children?

In one of her promos, Couric says something about wanting to help the viewers to "understand the news better". But aren't competent adults able to understand the news for themselves?

There's just something patronizing about her approach. Not that that's particularly surprising. Journalists have ditched being messengers and instead have promoted themselves into the role of teachers.

13 posted on 09/06/2006 1:00:15 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Thanks Leroy. I should have include that shouldn't I.

It's kindof wierd to watch a grown woman her age acting like she's just been jetesoned from the senior graduation exercise after being told it's her generation that will solve the world's problems.

And what do you wish for most Ms. Couric? "Oh, world peace... yeah, world peace."


14 posted on 09/06/2006 1:02:21 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: raccoonradio
I didn't see the SeeBS news, but heard some reaction to it on talk radio, including the bit where they talked about Cruise's baby, etc. Should retitle it CBS Evening Gossip, maybe.

The whole thing was a trainwreck. At the beginning was a long indepth report about the failure of Afghanistan and Iraq, later followed by a one-on-one interview with NYT columnist Tom Friedman. (I tuned out at that point)

At the end she said she couldn't come up with some witty little attention grabbing slogan to end the program, so she played famous ones from Edward R. Murrow, Huntley & Brinkley, Cronkite and then Rather's famous and idiotic "courage". Then she invited viewers to e-mail her some suggestions and she promised that the best one would be used. I frankly didn't care to see pictures of Suri Cruise. Who coincidently looked like she was wearing a wig in the style of Tom's hairdo.

So, in summary, she's neither an anchor or creative genius.

15 posted on 09/06/2006 1:02:47 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Was perkie on TV tonite? I was at a Republican primary victory dinner, and might have missed nothing.

Yeah, I feel the same about you, beatch................FRegards

16 posted on 09/06/2006 1:09:32 AM PDT by gonzo (.........Good grief!...I'm as confused as a baby in a topless club!.........)
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To: raccoonradio
"Katie may have leg up, but it’s not on news

Is that how she got the job???
17 posted on 09/06/2006 1:10:19 AM PDT by Dallas59 (ISLAMOFASCISM!!!!)
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To: DoughtyOne

I knew something was missing and then it struck me - Where was Regis Philbin?


18 posted on 09/06/2006 1:13:08 AM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: gonzo

Might? No, you unquestionably missed nothing. It's a certainty.

I'm monitoring the show. I may write some articles on the vapidity of it all.


19 posted on 09/06/2006 1:13:13 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: raccoonradio
Too bad somebody made the decision it was necessary to play up Couric’s assets over her intellect.

The jokes just write themselves here...

The Perkster is 49 years old...even Spielberg couldn't make those legs look sexy enough for the "younger" market they allegedly want. It's all too obvious it's the chick market they are really after. They want SuperMom delivering the news - but only the news the Oprah viewers can get their heads around.

20 posted on 09/06/2006 1:13:29 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: Socratic

He was probably out with Matt Lauer celebrating Katie's departure from NBC.


21 posted on 09/06/2006 1:14:37 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: raccoonradio

Katie is just a joke!

Now we can all go on ignoring CeeBS news and continue with our lives in the real world.


22 posted on 09/06/2006 1:14:40 AM PDT by Bullish ( The pig headed monkeys of Islam can kiss my grits!)
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To: Thinkin' Gal

23 posted on 09/06/2006 1:17:55 AM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Yardstick

"Journalists have ditched being messengers and instead have promoted themselves into the role of teachers."

That's the best description of how many of them apparently see and conduct themselves that I've ever heard. Inherent in feeling justified to self-promote oneself into the role of teacher is the belief that you know more than those you're teaching. It's a position lacking appropriate humility.


24 posted on 09/06/2006 1:21:04 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: raccoonradio

She wants a tagline? Okay...

"All The News That Fits Our Views"
"Unfair and Unbalanced"
"And That's The Way It Isn't"
"Kisses From The Apple"
"Fake but ACCCKKKK!"
"Give Us A Half-Hour And We'll Give You 30 Seconds"
"Bush Sucks"


25 posted on 09/06/2006 1:24:26 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
>>Rather's famous and idiotic "courage"


26 posted on 09/06/2006 1:25:51 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

edited version of Entertainment Tonight--er, the CBS Eve.
News with Couric, via hotair.com

http://hotair.com/archives/2006/09/05/video-katie-couric-debuts-on-the-cbs-evening-news/


27 posted on 09/06/2006 1:34:24 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

For the first time in I don't know how many years I tuned into a nightly network news program. In the first few minutes it felt like I was getting a case of vertigo. I actually felt disoriented. Heaven help us if Americans are tuning into crap like that to get their news.

At least I can still watch Imus, The Daily Show or the Colbert Report if I want to be entertained.




Good analysis by this fellow, Mark Perigard, btw.


28 posted on 09/06/2006 1:57:56 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: A CA Guy

"Too bad somebody made the decision it was necessary to play up Couric's assets over her intellect."

I don't think they had a choice. What intellect???


29 posted on 09/06/2006 2:21:14 AM PDT by GoodWithBarbarians JustForKaos (LIBS = Lewd Insane Babbling Scum)
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To: raccoonradio

LMAO


30 posted on 09/06/2006 2:44:13 AM PDT by Arpege92 (If you don't stand behind our troops...please feel free to stand in front of them!)
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To: GoodWithBarbarians JustForKaos
I watched as I am a student of Broadcasting (5o+ yrs old...)
She lost me at the first comment - "Is it back to square one in the War on Terror?"
Went back to sorting through the mail and, honestly, only watched a couple of more minutes. Typical Katie, she has traded her perkometer for a snideometer. On that she scored a 100 last night.
31 posted on 09/06/2006 2:47:59 AM PDT by Shady
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To: Leroy S. Mort

... a healthy little sucker.


32 posted on 09/06/2006 2:52:13 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Face piles of trials with smiles, It riles them to believe that you percieve the web that they weave)
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To: Tall_Texan

"......... I'm Katie Couric on your nerves, and goodnight for now."


33 posted on 09/06/2006 2:55:22 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Face piles of trials with smiles, It riles them to believe that you percieve the web that they weave)
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To: raccoonradio
Couric interviewed New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, asking him to essentially translate what Bush had just said. Just a little chit-chat about the war on terror over a coffee table.

Good grief, I'm so glad I read your post rather than watch.

Isn't Thomas Friedman a raving, forthing, barking moonbat? And she LEADS with the moonbat? *shaking head*

What a spectacular waste of air.

34 posted on 09/06/2006 2:56:08 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: raccoonradio
Is it just me or is Cruises kid wearing a baby wig?


35 posted on 09/06/2006 3:08:45 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't love Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

BREAKING NEWS

Imus just called Katie fat.


36 posted on 09/06/2006 3:10:21 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't love Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: beyond the sea; MotleyGirl70; Larry Lucido; Mr. Brightside
I was surprised SeeBS didn't give her a glass desk ala Mary Hart.

There's something about Mary Hart's voice that gives me seizures.

37 posted on 09/06/2006 3:28:11 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: BigSkyFreeper; Yardstick; DoughtyOne
As much as Meredith Viera is a left wing liberal, she still would have done a much better job than Katie. She has the professionalism about her.
38 posted on 09/06/2006 3:41:24 AM PDT by LauraleeBraswell (Try reading the article before you post)
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To: Cagey
There's something about Mary Hart's voice that gives me seizures.

You're not the only one.

39 posted on 09/06/2006 3:45:07 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: raccoonradio
Couric asked for viewers to suggest her signoff

How about:

"What's the frequency, Dan?"

40 posted on 09/06/2006 3:46:39 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I hate to say it, but that baby is gor-gee-ous!


41 posted on 09/06/2006 3:47:45 AM PDT by brwnsuga
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I have seen this picture a few times and I swear it looks like this baby has on a wig. Look around the hairline.....what do you all think?


42 posted on 09/06/2006 3:50:55 AM PDT by jaycee
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The decision to put the perky one in as a serious anchor will go down in the annals of journalism with the byline: "What were Were we even thinking?"
43 posted on 09/06/2006 3:52:22 AM PDT by Centaur (Never practice moderation to excess.)
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To: A CA Guy

Now, I know Don Henley is a major league liberal, but you gotta hand it to him, he hits the nail on these lyrics...describes Katie Couric perfectly.

Dirty Laundry by Don Henley

I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry

Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I dont have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry

Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em all around

We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
Its interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
Running bet
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry

You dont really need to find out whats going on
You dont really want to know just how far its gone
Just leave well enough alone
Eat your dirty laundry

Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down

Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre stiff
Kick em all around

Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybodys pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry

We can do the innuendo
We can dance and sing
When its said and done we havent told you a thing
We all know that crap is king
Give us dirty laundry!


44 posted on 09/06/2006 3:53:45 AM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Is it just me or is Cruises kid wearing a baby wig?

You weren't the only one who noticed. I thought it looked like a wig of Tom's hair.

45 posted on 09/06/2006 3:57:02 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: raccoonradio

46 posted on 09/06/2006 3:57:27 AM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: humblegunner

LOL! Looter Guy sure gets around, doesn't he?


47 posted on 09/06/2006 3:58:46 AM PDT by Allegra (Home, Sweet Home!)
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Here's the only CBS reporter I like to see, early in the morning (what a face to wake up to!!!) Susan McGinnis
48 posted on 09/06/2006 4:13:32 AM PDT by fredhead (Women want me....Fish fear me....I can dream can't I?)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Is it just me or is Cruises kid wearing a baby wig?

I think Cruise got it from Jim Traficante and darkened it up a little.

49 posted on 09/06/2006 4:14:15 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Face piles of trials with smiles, It riles them to believe that you percieve the web that they weave)
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To: jaycee
Anyone capable of bronzing their baby's first poop is more than capable of putting a wig it.


50 posted on 09/06/2006 4:14:36 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't love Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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