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A reader responds to “Women Take Over at Last!” published June 6, 2006, which looked at Katie Couric’s appointment as sole anchor of the “CBS Evening News.”
“Couric, with her street smarts, compassion and courage, is poised to change the face of network news and reignite the flame of Murrow’s torch, making it burn brighter than ever.”
You must be kidding! Murrow made it his business to learn, study, question & directly experience world events … and he had hundreds of private world wide sources to find out what was going on.
Today’s TV “news” organizations are known for doing things on the cheap, only doing stories if they have “pictures” and videos, skipping stories that aren’t dramatic, showing blood & guts, and basically posturing just for show. Half of the “fast breaking” news turns out to have been factually wrong, but little attempt is made to correct errors later … so Katie’s program joins the other bits of news trivia, easily missed. Virtually worthless. With very small investigative reporting staffs, minimal researchers, and a general fear of displeasing the D.C. crowd, mainstream news groups have made themselves toothless hacks. Repeating sound bites, then looking for an opposing sound bite to “balance” the story. Murrow? He ignored bullshitters, and did not give them his public forum. Katie is perfect for show. She will be reading Bush administration press releases, reporting other news organizations’ (newspaper) stories, and interviewing people who have nothing to say and will say it beautifully.
There is a reason that many of us subscribe online to world wide news groups we can trust, and we privately circulate the writings of reporters whose work is of higher quality. When you want a clear vision of our world you have to hunt for it yourself. I would love for someone with money and power to start to do investigative reporting again. NPR tries, Frontline, NOW, Charlie Rose, but to stay independent they need some more massive endowments and many more hard working interns to get the job done. News people with integrity, contacts, experience and investigative reporting skills are probably the most valuable members of our society right now. Katie doesn’t have that pedigree. Do you think she has hidden these skills all these years, or what?