Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Couric Sent To Iraq. Why?

Last year when Katie Couric took over as anchor of the CBS Evening News, she probably never imagined that she would be marking the first anniversary of that event from Iraq. Sinking ratings and the upcoming Patreaus report have conspired to take her out of the safety of her New York studio and place her smack dab in the middle of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

This appears to be an attempt to shore up her ratings against the more successful ABC and NBC news programs, and to lend her some credibility as a hard news journalist. CBS denies this, insisting instead that Katie’s mere presence in the most violent country on earth has persuaded a few previously camera shy [for survival] Iraqi politicians to come forward and sit down with Katie for a chit-chat.

Never mind the obvious absurdity of that contention… this is a fools-errand, exposing this single mother of two young children to horrific dangers simply to add another voice to an already endless stream of journalists reporting from the region. It may also place these publicity-averse politicians and their families directly in the cross hairs of vengeance seeking insurgents.

All in the name of ratings…shame on you CBS.

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