NEW YORK (AP) - CBS said Thursday it is sending incoming evening-news anchor Katie Couric on a tour of several cities to meet informally with viewers this summer and hear what they're interested in seeing on the news.
What is this, The Variety Hour Starring Katie Couric? The news is what ever happened in the world that day...not what people are interested in.
How about a fair and balanced, unbiased account of events, instead of the leftist spin she's been putting on it for the last 20 years...for starters?
Let me guess, Berkeley, San Francisco, and the upper East side of Manhattan will qualify as representative of American cities.
What the people don't understand is that Katie Couric doesn't have any creative control over the news as CBS. She's a perky news reader with stiletto heels and short skirts...just like all female news readers on all the networks. There's nothing wrong with that if that's what gets people to tune in but don't act like she's running for office or doing something serious and will be responsive to viewers. She simply reads whatever left-slanted tripe the producer puts up on the teleprompter, just like he did for Rather. This is just a publicity stunt thinly veiled as a listening tour, nothing more.
The meetings will not be filmed and reporters won't be allowed in to cover them.
See, this serves two purposes: first, like Hillary's phony listening tour, it makes Katie appear genuinely interested in hearing what people want and not interested in publicity. Second, the absence of reporters or cameras gives CBS plausible deniability when tour attendees come out telling about how they demanded from Katie, an end to politically biased news coverage. All CBS has to do is say "prove it", and go about slanting the news as usual.
All this ado over Katie Couric is pure celebrity obsession. She's a news reader...a highly paid one...but still just a news reader.