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Grab bag – Traveling

Currently I am out of town. Therefore, there’ll not be a whole lot of time for blogging. Something about going away on vacation and blogging… my wife doesn’t think that’s the best use of my/her time. Go figure!

  • Katy Couric is proving less of a pushover than I thought. In her interview with Fox’s (it’s really hard to categorize him) emotional, opinionated, uninformed commentator Glenn Beck, Couric asked, “Can you explain what you mean by white culture?” Of course, Glenn Beck was unable to answer the question and danced around it. He also was unable to answer the question about whether he stood by his assertion that President Obama is a racist. No surprises there.
  • Democrat Senator Kent Conrad continues to remain confused over the public option.
  • White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says that we will probably have a public option in a viable bill by Thanksgiving.
  • Welcome to Paul Kirk! That’s Senator Paul Kirk. GOP has filed one of those lawsuits that they hate to stop the appointment.
  • Finally, I literally got sick when I read Mackenzie Phillips’ account of drug induced sex.
By |2009-09-24T16:37:17-04:00September 24th, 2009|Domestic Issues, Entertainment|Comments Off on Grab bag – Traveling

Couric does a terrible job interviewing Valerie Plame

Katie Couric tried to portray the Wilsons are wreckless and bitter. What new information did Couric give us? Nothing. This was nothing more than at most a poor summary of what we already know. At least, it was a waste of time for the Wilson’s and the viewers. Where’s Mike Wallace, retired, Steve Kroft where is he? What about Bob Simon who was stationed overseas who had been captured during the first Gulf War? Instead we get Ms. Superficial asking questions like What happened when your name was leaked? Was the leak serious? The only stupid superficial question was wasn’t asked as what kind of handbag did you have with you? Maybe she did ask that question and it was edited out of the final version.

The only thing that was clear from this interview was that Valerie Wilson was an undercover CIA operative at the time she was outed by Robert Novak.

By |2007-10-22T22:48:30-04:00October 22nd, 2007|Valerie Plame|Comments Off on Couric does a terrible job interviewing Valerie Plame

Katie Couric: Should we feel sorry for her?

I thought it was pretty cool when CBS announced last year that Katie Couric would become the first ever solo female to anchor an evening newscast. I rolled my eyes at the endless speculation over the length of her skirt and the seriousness of her haircut. “You go Katie!” I thought. Show them just how successful a woman can be as a figure of objective authority. America is ready for it. Don’t apologize for it. All those years of dressing up as Sesame Street characters and laughing at Al Roker’s jokers disguised the genuinely serious reporter you are.

Fast forward a year: CBS is languishing in third place and the question has become, is it a woman thing or a Katie thing, or perhaps a Les Moonves thing? An interview with Ms. Couric in New York Magazine this week reveals the answer likely lies in all three. While Couric has been subject to continued undue attention to skirt choices, the article reveals a shared vision between Couric and Moonves to produce news casts with “fewer headlines and more news features.” Read: Less hard news, “more fireman saves puppy from tree.” Couric also personally spearheaded the “freespeach” segment, which allows celebrities to voice their opinions on current events. Sweet! I’m sure Lindsay Lohan has some truely provocative commentary on foreign policy. Sigh.

Dan Rather caught a lot of flack for accusing Couric of “tarting up” the evening news. While an ill-advised word choice, I think Rather spoke from a place of profound weariness, disappointment and frustration over the pop-culturization of the news media, and less from some boys club stodginess. In other words: it ain’t a woman thing

By |2007-07-25T21:21:13-04:00July 25th, 2007|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Katie Couric: Should we feel sorry for her?
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