Katie Couric

Media Training Tips For Palin
September 25, 2008

 Watching Sarah Palin's heart-to-heart with Katie Couric, I have a couple of gentle suggestions for the oh-so-fragile governor: 1. When you're discussing a subject about which you clearly know nothing, such as Rick Davis's relationship with Freddie Mac, try to refrain from repeatedly using the phrase "My understanding is..." in order to avoid underscoring your complete absence of understanding. 2.

Palin's Rocky Turn With Couric
September 25, 2008

It hasn't gotten anything like the attention of her Charlie Gibson interview, but I think Sarah Palin was a lot shakier in this chat with Katie Couric (which the Obama campaign is eagerly sending around this morning). She looks nervous and sounds unsteady, her syntax is an awkward and tangled mess of passive constructive and misused words (she says she's been "rallying" against lobbyist influence when she seems to mean "railing"), and she has nothing but bromides to offer. And her answer at the end about McCain's record is... cringe-inducing.

What's More Is That She Cannot Put Together A Sentence Or, For That Matter, A Thought; Is This A Conspiracy To Make George Bush Seem Literate And Coherent?
September 24, 2008

Well, the first wisdom of the pundits was that the choice of Sarah Palin for vice president was inspired. All over the country Democrats had a sinking feeling that McCain had outfoxed them. Biden seemed to have evaporated. Palin, Palin, Palin was on everybody's lips.The Obama ticket fell in the polls.A few weeks have passed. The American people have had occasions to see her, hear her and read about her.  Apparently, they did not like what they saw or what they heard or what they read. Katie Couric has been with Palin for some time. Here's the first installment.

What Women Want?

The hiring of Katie Couric as anchor of the CBS Evening News stands as one of the most visible testaments to the decline of American journalism (not that her predecessor Dan Rather was great shakes). J.P. Freire has an excellent article in Brainwash explaining why this is so. Couric's recent trip to Iraq, Freire writes, "is a PR stunt aimed to gin up credentials for an anchor who isn't taken seriously as a reporter. Creating a peaceful Iraq seems like cakewalk by comparison." Despite the claims of CBS, Couric's ascension does not represent some great achievement for women in journalism.

Odd Fact For The Day

Reading through New York Magazine's piece on the catastrophe that is Katie Couric, I came across this interesting tidbit: An online producer copied a Wall Street Journal editorial for an online video essay known as Katie Couric's Notebook, which gives the impression of being written by her. Couric correctly points out that Peggy Noonan used to write [Dan] Rather's commentary, but the incident seemed to cement the bias among the Ratherites that Couric symbolized the decline of news values. [Emphasis added.] I always thought Rather got a bum rap for being biased against conservatives.

Al Gore's New Theory
June 11, 2007

Editor's Note: In the current issue, Ryan Lizza speaks with Al Gore about his new book, The Assault on Reason, and the former vice president explains what went wrong with democracy. The following is a transcript of the interview, which was conducted on May 30.   Ryan Lizza: Explain what the book is about. Who did you write the book for? Who is the audience for the book? Al Gore: Principally Americans, although it's selling well in England as well, and there is interest in translations.