Skip to comments.Katie may have leg up, but itís not on news
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 Talibans growth in Afghanistan from correspondent Lara Logan and President Bushs 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 womans appearance? TV is a visual medium, and a lot is riding on Courics 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 Courics assets over her intellect.
You never saw Dan Rathers 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 unions divisiveness. In Snapshots, Couric reached back to 1949 to show pictures of Prince Charles as a baby.
That wasnt the only baby onboard. In what passed for an exclusive, she unveiled Vanity Fairs 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 cant 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. Heres 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 nights broadcast demonstrated, CBS is spending a lot of money.
Too bad the network couldnt dig up some spare change for actual news.
He was probably out with Matt Lauer celebrating Katie's departure from NBC.
Katie is just a joke!
Now we can all go on ignoring CeeBS news and continue with our lives in the real world.
"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.
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"
edited version of Entertainment Tonight--er, the CBS Eve.
News with Couric, via hotair.com
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.
"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???
... a healthy little sucker.
"......... I'm Katie Couric on your nerves, and goodnight for now."
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.
Imus just called Katie fat.
There's something about Mary Hart's voice that gives me seizures.
"What's the frequency, Dan?"