A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Who cares about Katie Couric?

I hate the Today Show. I don't like Katie Couric. I hate her liberal opinions.

And I don't care that she is going from a fun-time morning program to a "serious" evening news program, where she will continue to spew said Lib opinions as though they are facts.

But, I love Jonah Goldberg, from National Review.

He has a new column up about Katie's little move: Get Over Your Squared Selves.

Here's an excerpt (but go read the rest):

It looks like Katie Couric, that apple of America's eye, will be the next anchor of CBS Evening News, arguably the most prestigious job in television journalism. Not only will Couric be following in the footsteps of Murrow, Cronkite, and Dan "Fake But Accurate" Rather, she'll also be joining the bullpen of 60 Minutes, the best TV-news magazine in the history of television.

There is nothing the press likes to talk about more than the press, so we can be sure we will be hearing about Couric's career move ad nauseam. Much will be made about Couric the Female Pioneer who has finally broken the glass ceiling for female news anchors (though Connie Chung did briefly co-host CBS Evening News). Others will find even more evidence that it pays to be a conventional knee-jerk liberal in the mainstream media. Most media critics, however, will focus on the inside-baseball stuff like ratings and staff musical chairs at the various networks. You can be sure that TV writers will form something of a Manhattan Project to discuss her hair, clothes and level of perkiness once she starts reading a TelePrompTer every night.

But one thing few people invested in the glamour and seriousness of big-league television news will say is what a sham the whole enterprise is. Broadcast journalism is one of the only fields in American life where the job gets demonstrably easier the higher you go. Or, to be more fair, the parts of the job that have to do with what everyone thinks of as "journalism" get easier and easier, and in some cases the journalism simply vanishes altogether.
Really, it isn't like Couric was doing anything important on the Today Show---she wasn't saving the world. And when she moves to CBS, she'll just be reading the TelePrompTer, as Jonah says. Ooh, so difficult! I still won't watch.

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