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How Much Abuse Can Katie Couric Take?
Fox News ^ | Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Susan Estrich

Posted on 04/27/2007 8:50:45 AM PDT by COUNTrecount

And why is so much of it coming from other women journalists?

It's been another tough week for Katie Couric. It's never easy to be the first woman anything. The good news is that you get a lot of attention. The bad news is that a lot of this attention is likely to turn into criticism, because it comes before you're really ready for it.

So it has been with Katie. As the newscast improves, the attacks have escalated, not dissipated. CBS does a perfectly respectable evening news show, tougher and sharper since producer Rick Kaplan came on board, but you'd never know it from reading the clips.

There's Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times, reporting that Katie intentionally glammed herself down when anchoring from Blacksburg, substituting light-colored slacks and little makeup for her usual costume. So what? Does that make her a less effective anchor or reporter? Does anyone know what Brian Williams has been wearing? Would it even occur to anyone to notice?

But Stanley's piece on how everyone shined but Katie was a wet kiss compared to the hatchet job Gail Shister did on the first woman solo anchor in the Philadelphia Inquirer this week. Relying on "inside sources," Shister reported that CBS now viewed the hiring of Katie Couric to anchor the news as a major mistake, which cannot be fixed, and that they were trying to figure out when and how to get her off the anchor desk.

Shister's story got huge play, notwithstanding CBS' denial of its accuracy, and within a day, Roger Friedman, here on foxnews.com, revealed that he had information suggesting that the main sources for the Shister article were Bob Schieffer, the man Katie replaced, and Lesley Stahl, a very old friend of mine who is now with 60 Minutes.

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1 posted on 04/27/2007 8:50:47 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

How much abuse can Katie Couric dish out?


2 posted on 04/27/2007 8:51:26 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: COUNTrecount

Digital imaging has made plastic surgery obsolete. Susan doesn’t look like that any day of the week.


3 posted on 04/27/2007 8:53:01 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: COUNTrecount

That’s a better photo of her. I swear that one time I tuned into Hannity & Colmes and she was guest hosting for Alan. And she looked smokin’ hot. And I wasn’t drinking either. I’m not sure what was going on there.


4 posted on 04/27/2007 8:53:18 AM PDT by jdm
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To: COUNTrecount

All liberal, all white, all night.


5 posted on 04/27/2007 8:53:21 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: COUNTrecount

I would actually prefer Susan to Katie. Susan does have brains.................


6 posted on 04/27/2007 8:53:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: COUNTrecount

WAH!WAH!WAH!

give the twit some cheese already!


7 posted on 04/27/2007 8:53:41 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: COUNTrecount

Who the heck is the pic? That can’t be Susan Estrich....or maybe 20 years ago? Is botox THAT good?


8 posted on 04/27/2007 8:53:58 AM PDT by blu (All grammar and punctuation rules are *OFF* for the "24" thread.)
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To: Brilliant

(chuckle)


9 posted on 04/27/2007 8:54:01 AM PDT by RabidBartender (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kerMm0HG1mk)
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To: COUNTrecount
Katie is,and always has been,best suited for interviewing this country’s latest “victim of the day”.
10 posted on 04/27/2007 8:54:43 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: COUNTrecount
There's Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times, reporting that Katie intentionally glammed herself down when anchoring from Blacksburg, substituting light-colored slacks and little makeup for her usual costume.

That's actually a point in Couric's favor.

If that's a photo of Susan Estrich, her face has been sanded down and botoxed to a frightening degree.

11 posted on 04/27/2007 8:54:52 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: COUNTrecount

She lost a husband and sister. I am sure she can take this. What the heck she has been through hell and back. She has had a hard life. A widow and seeing your sister die is not fun I am sure.


12 posted on 04/27/2007 8:54:55 AM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: COUNTrecount

It’s never easy to be the first woman anything

Oh please, what a stupid EXCUSE. Connie Chung anchored for years.


13 posted on 04/27/2007 8:54:58 AM PDT by keepitreal
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To: Brilliant

We’ll never know for sure until we hand her over to a Taliban stronghold for ‘proper’ training.


14 posted on 04/27/2007 8:55:01 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: jdm

I can recommend an optician if you are interested....


15 posted on 04/27/2007 8:55:37 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: COUNTrecount

Isn’t there a rule AGAINST posting fag-breath Susan Got-My-Head-In-The-Sand Ostrich?


16 posted on 04/27/2007 8:56:37 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: Brilliant
Heh.


17 posted on 04/27/2007 8:57:48 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: jdm

Considering she was in Alan Colmes chair anything sitting there is a vast improvement. Maybe even smokin hot...8>)


18 posted on 04/27/2007 8:58:08 AM PDT by Horatio Gates (Oleoresin capsicum: WOT Protestor tested. Cop approved.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
WTF?

19 posted on 04/27/2007 8:58:28 AM PDT by beeber (stuned)
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To: COUNTrecount
It's amazing how doctors can hide the effects of a life traumatized by liberalism.


20 posted on 04/27/2007 8:58:29 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Vision

Her eyes don’t match.


21 posted on 04/27/2007 8:59:31 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

How can Susan advise others to give time for Katie to find her voice? Look at the one Susan found - Carol Channing’s!!!


22 posted on 04/27/2007 8:59:45 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The arrogance of ignorance is astounding" NVA 4/22/07)
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To: COUNTrecount
substituting light-colored slacks and little makeup for her usual costume.

COSTUME?!! Ha! Katie wears a costume alright! I thought a "costume" was something a clown wears and that "news anchors" wear "outfits."

23 posted on 04/27/2007 8:59:51 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: keepitreal
It’s never easy to be the first woman anything

Unless it's being the first REPUBLICAN woman Secretary of STate. That goes pretty much unnoticed by the entire left of the world, thanks to their buds in the media.

24 posted on 04/27/2007 9:02:28 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: COUNTrecount
When you reconstruct an entire face, there’s probably going to be imperfections.
25 posted on 04/27/2007 9:06:31 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Vision
I say again...

TOSBALOK!
26 posted on 04/27/2007 9:07:34 AM PDT by beeber (stuned)
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To: COUNTrecount

Katie’s ratings stink and it has nothing to do with what “journalists” say or don’t say.


27 posted on 04/27/2007 9:07:42 AM PDT by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!)
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To: COUNTrecount
It's been another tough week for Katie Couric. It's never easy to be the first woman anything.

Yeah, especially when you're terribly ill-suited for it, and incredibly bad at it!

Hey Susan, it has nothing to do with her GENDER, it has everything to do with her character, personality, intelligence, etc.

28 posted on 04/27/2007 9:08:22 AM PDT by Sicon
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To: beeber

I think I’d rather talk to the alien than her.


29 posted on 04/27/2007 9:10:53 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: COUNTrecount
Does anyone know what Brian Williams has been wearing? Would it even occur to anyone to notice?

Actually, my wife notices that nearly every night Williams wears too much eye shadow. It makes him look like a freak.

30 posted on 04/27/2007 9:11:28 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Vision

That’s just bad Genes.


31 posted on 04/27/2007 9:12:28 AM PDT by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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And she looked smokin’ hot. And I wasn’t drinking either. I’m not sure what was going on there.

HOW DARE YOU NOTICE YOU CHAUVINIST PIG!

32 posted on 04/27/2007 9:13:11 AM PDT by montag813
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To: angcat

I disagree. She didn’t always look like that.


33 posted on 04/27/2007 9:13:37 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Vision

34 posted on 04/27/2007 9:14:21 AM PDT by Hatteras (I'm a sweetheart, genius, a reckless jerk. Lord have mercy, I'm a piece of work...)
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To: COUNTrecount

The evening news is what it is. We always watched CBS at my house as a kid, so I sometimes check out the 6:30 news if I get off work on time. To tell you the truth, I think she’s doing an ok job. She keeps a serious attitude and doesn’t goof around, and some of the segments are pretty good.


35 posted on 04/27/2007 9:14:36 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: COUNTrecount
How Much Abuse Can Katie Couric Take?

That's a darn good question. I don't suppose she'd volunteer for a controlled-conditions experiment where we ratchet up the abuse level until she breaks, would she?

36 posted on 04/27/2007 9:16:01 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: COUNTrecount

Don’t you love it how women want to compete in a man’s world and when they fail they hide behind their skirts. There are plenty of women who would bring viewers but they belong to the wrong Party. Talk about lack of diversity.

Pray for W and Our Troops


37 posted on 04/27/2007 9:18:19 AM PDT by bray (The Surge is Working against both Enemies of America)
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To: COUNTrecount

What is she the first at anyhow?


38 posted on 04/27/2007 9:24:30 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: COUNTrecount
Three pounds of makeup turns this:

Into this:


39 posted on 04/27/2007 9:26:33 AM PDT by Lazamataz (JOIN THE NRA: https://membership.nrahq.org/forms/signup.asp)
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To: Brilliant
If Katie succeeds, we all win; she will have proven that people are happy to get their news from a smart, pretty woman. And if she fails? How many times will it be said that America just wasn't ready for a woman in such a powerful role? We will all pay that price. You can bet it won't be another woman replacing her.

If Katie succeeeds is will be by a miracle.

These women like Susan Estrogenless want a woman soo badly, even if she's terrible and completely unsuited for the job.

For most of us, if not all, it is not about women in general...it's that woman in particular. They never seem to keep that in mind.

Would you rather watch this?

Or this?


40 posted on 04/27/2007 9:31:41 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Not as much as she deserves!


41 posted on 04/27/2007 9:37:37 AM PDT by Hornet19 (Conservative since birth, Republican no more.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Who is THIS a picture of?

RLTW


42 posted on 04/27/2007 9:38:12 AM PDT by military cop (military cop)
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To: COUNTrecount
CBS does a perfectly respectable evening news show

Really no need to read past this point.

43 posted on 04/27/2007 9:42:01 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("We live in the era of over-reaction." - Sir Alex Ferguson)
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To: montag813
>my wife notices that nearly every night Williams wears too much eye shadow

Maybe that's your wife
telling you she would like you
to glam up a bit!

44 posted on 04/27/2007 9:42:54 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Lazamataz

Plus

Plus

Equals


45 posted on 04/27/2007 9:46:29 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

One thing I will say about Susan Estrich, she took for Rush Limbaugh when the corrupt Palm Beach prosecutor was trying to railroad him into prison.


46 posted on 04/27/2007 9:52:43 AM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: COUNTrecount

The “1st woman anchor” meme is absurd. I could care less if every anchor was a woman. The idea that any of us is making our decision about watching news based on the gender of the person is insulting.


47 posted on 04/27/2007 10:08:52 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: jdm

Susan hot?! with a closed mouth to boot?! A Bridey Murphy moment. That must have been in your prior life.


48 posted on 04/27/2007 10:09:21 AM PDT by rod1 (uake)
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To: Brilliant
But what really gets to me about the treatment of Couric is not the way the CBS suits are dealing with her, but the way her fellow women journalists are. Of all people, you'd think other women in the news business would understand just what Katie is up against and how her future is connected to ours. You'd think women would appreciate the challenge of settling into a role for which there are no role models, sitting in a chair that is usually occupied by older white men and convincing viewers to accept an attractive woman as equally credible.

It's not that women journalists should be giving her a pass because she's a woman, but that they should be the last to pile on because they understand best what she's up against. It hasn't worked that way.

I believe there is a special place in hell for women who do not support each other, particularly in our attacks on the glass ceiling. Too many women fail to understand that when one woman does make it, we all have an interest in her success, and an even bigger interest in her not failing.

This will happen to the Hildabeast as well. Women actually do not like to cheer on other women, at least of the beast variety.

49 posted on 04/27/2007 10:13:32 AM PDT by wouldntbprudent (HONK IF YOU'VE SACKED TROY SMITH.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Look anyone on FR could have told CBS they were fools for hiring Katie Couric and wasteful for paying her anything. and then they followed up that clossal blunder by hiring the Bob Shrum of broadcasting....Rick Kaplan. It is simply hard to image a great succession of stupid moves beginning with Rathergate.

After the Couric disaster, Kaplan was the last person they needed. Les Moonves would have been better off hiring a real pro..maybe a Bimbo-prodigy Mr. Fix-it like Bruce Lindsey.

Better watch your cat Katie.


50 posted on 04/27/2007 10:18:58 AM PDT by rod1 (uake)
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