Katie Couric

An Index for Palin's Book? You Betcha!
November 18, 2009

Sarah Palin’s autobiography Going Rogue doesn’t have an index. Why? Well, I’m not exactly sure. But it sure makes finding gems in the text--such as the defense of that $150,000 clothing bill, the petty attacks on Katie Couric, and Palin-isms like “maverick” and “dang!”--a pretty tough slog. So, here’s an index. A really, really long and thorough one. Want to know where Palin celebrated one of her baby showers with her gal pals? It’s in here. Want to know how she feels about the ACLU, or Ashley Judd, or Steve Schmidt? In here, too.

The 'Going Rogue' Index
November 17, 2009

Sarah Palin’s autobiography Going Rogue doesn’t have an index. Why? Well, I’m not exactly sure. But it sure makes finding gems in the text--such as the defense of that $150,000 clothing bill, the petty attacks on Katie Couric, and Palin-isms like “maverick” and “dang!”—a pretty tough slog. So, here’s an index. A really, really long and thorough one. Want to know where Palin celebrated one of her baby showers with her gal pals? It’s in here. Want to know how she feels about the ACLU, or Ashley Judd, or Steve Schmidt? In here, too.

Palin and the Attacks on Carnivores
November 17, 2009

I'm about three-fourths of the way through Sarah Palin's new book, and it's clear that the woman is convinced numerous conspiracies were launched against her--by the national media, by the McCain campaign, by disgruntled Alaskan loudmouths, by Katie Couric and Nicolle Wallace. But one conspiracy theory in particular sticks out to me for its, well, bizarreness: the plot to undermine meat-eaters. Palin extols the virtues of meat a lot, whether it's caribou, moose, or more common fare. We're talking dozens of mentions throughout the book.

Palin Came off Looking … Pretty Good
November 16, 2009

Well, it wasn’t exactly must-see TV--which was probably good news for both of the women involved as they work to rebuild (a public image in one case, ratings in the other). There was no Tom Cruise-esque couch-jumping moment. No one wept or cursed or called anyone an ignorant slut. Both gals were unfailingly polite. Oprah was gentle with her poking and prodding. Palin neither embarrassed herself nor went after Oprah with a Bowie Knife, exceeding the extremely low expectations that only somewhat justifiably plague her. Overall, I thought the in-studio bits weren’t particularly compelling.

Anchors Away!
September 02, 2009

Good for Diane Sawyer. And good for Katie Couric for blazing this trail and taking all the abuse that the first solo female anchor was destined to take. Odds are, Sawyer won't face anywhere near the same scrunity--or abuse. Next step: Finding a woman to follow in Hillary's footsteps and finish cracking that glass ceiling.

Everybody Loves Arne
May 08, 2009

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a bona fide celebrity--at least as far as Cabinet members go. He made Rolling Stone's "100 People Who Are Changing America" list, and he's Katie Couric's date to the White House Correspondents' Dinner this Saturday. He recently introduced Neko Case at D.C.'s popular 9:30 Club, and he's appeared on almost every major TV network promoting education reform. People can't seem to get enough of the former pro-basketball player and CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

Best Of Tnr 2008: The Resentments Of Sarah 'barracuda' Palin
January 01, 2009

Noam Scheiber went to Alaska and reports on the almost-veep's long list of grievances: These days, Palin is engaged in this same fight against elites, though on a considerably larger stage. "I'm not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel the world," she recently told Katie Couric. "No, I've worked all my life." That hardly makes her the first politician to run on class resentments--nearly every conservative from George W.

Barracuda
October 22, 2008

The resentments of Sarah Palin.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
October 01, 2008

Actually, contrary to early reports, Sarah Palin's answer when Katie Couric asked her what Supreme Court cases she disagreed with other than Roe v. Wade was not "silence." Whether it was better or worse, I'll leave to readers. (Might want to work on that "right to privacy" response, too.) Her comments begin around the two-minute mark.   --Christopher Orr

Hype And Fear In The News
September 30, 2008

David Cay Johnston, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his innovative coverage of our tax system, retired this year as a investigative reporter for The New York Times.

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