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Couric Rewarded for Political Result of Palin Interview

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:38 pm - April 8, 2009.
Filed under: Media Bias,PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome)

[Please note that I revised this piece after first publishing.  I added no new information, merely improved the flow.  I had first written it in haste before rushing off to my Seder, then upon returning from that festive meal, read it through and found it choppy, so did my best to correct that.]

Last October, commenting on the media bias against the then-Republican Vice Presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered that “to the best of [his] knowledge there has been a single question by an elite television journalist about [the Governor’s] actual career in Alaska.”

The media spent more time investigating her daughter’s indiscretions than her actual record in office.  Indeed, when she interviewed the Alaska Governor, CBS News Anchor Katie Couric did not ask Palin about her accomplishments.  Not about what the policies she had promoted or enacted, the budget she had administered or the corruption she had rooted out.

You’d think a woman might want to know how another woman brought down three corrupt male politicians, all in her own party.  But, Couric showed no interest in how this hockey mom had faced down and brought down some of the most powerful men in her state.

Instead of faulting Couric for this oversight, a journalism school is honoring her.  A week from today, the University of Southern California’s “Annenberg School for Communication will be presenting CBS ‘Evening News’ anchor Katie Couric with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Journalism:

. . .  what makes this situation so particularly galling is the specific reason why Couric is being honored for her “excellence in journalism.”  Couric is being presented with the award for “Special Achievement for National Impact on the 2008 Campaign.”

What was it that Couric did that was so “special”? The judges singled her out solely for “her extraordinary, persistent and detailed multi-part interviews with Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.”

Singled out for posing numerous gotcha questions and editing the tape to the candidate’s disadvantage?  Singled out for one series of interviews with one particular candidate?!?! The judges failed to mention Couric’s interview with Joe Biden when that hapless Democrat showed he was clueless about the Great Depression.  But, no one paid any attention to Biden’s embarrassing answer.

I guess this panel determined excellence in journalism involved reporting in a manner which embarrasses a Republican.  It goes unnoticed when you embarrass a Democrat.

John Ziegler, who, in reporting the story of this award, provides numerous links which put Palin’s statements in the Couric interview in context.  So dissecting Couric’s “agenda-driven” reporting, he concluded:

It is obvious that Couric is being rewarded for the political result of her interview “the shooting down of a conservative superstar just in time to save the Obama campaign. It’s not about the “journalism’ at all. But even that truth is not the most outrageous aspect of this absurdity. What’s even more absurd is that not only shouldn’t Couric be getting rewarded for her Palin interview, if we lived in a world where journalistic standards still mattered at all, she would have been roundly condemned for it.

Indeed, she would. Instead of condemnation, she has earned praise.  Not a happy sign for the state of journalism today, but at least we have one more piece of evidence to prove our point about the bias of mainstream journalism.

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  1. Hey Gay Westie,
    Really good insightful article you have here. For some strange reason Couric’s ratings have been going up, I can’t believe or explain it. Adieu, Robert

    [Robert, we must be looking at a different set of numbers. Couric remains in the basement of the “Big Three” network news anchors. Here’s the “March sweep (March 5-April 1, 2009)“:

    NBC – Total Viewers: 8,940,000 / A25-54 2,750,000
    ABC – Total Viewers: 7,940,000 / A25-54 2,380,000
    CBS – Total Viewers: 6,220,000 / A25-54 1,890,000

    –Dan]

    Comment by robert — April 8, 2009 @ 11:30 pm - April 8, 2009

  2. “just in time to save the Obama campaign”
    Save? Save? Is this the latest GOP revisionist history? Is the perennial convention bump the GOP ticket, like all tickets, was experiencing around the time the interview aired now irrefutable proof that the McCain/Palin ticket was going to sail to victory, and that Couric was the single overriding element which sank the ticket? Despite the fact that Obama led in the polls at every other time in the election cycle, before and after? Also, are the Republicans ready to concede that much power to one reporter? To the media? Is their message, and what they have to offer, so weak that one series of questions, and one multi-part interview, no matter how “edited”, can do so much damage to one of their “rising stars”? And questions such as, “Specific examples?” are now considered “gotcha” questions and are off limits to journalists?

    Comment by torrentprime — April 8, 2009 @ 11:32 pm - April 8, 2009

  3. yes, it’s true. Palin was a force to be reckoned with and Obama lowered himself, well, showed his lowlife self when he classlessly attacked her with his “you can put lipstick on a pig…” comment.
    It wasn’t just the Couric interview, but the malevolence from the media coupled with the Couric and Gibson interviews. We were robbed of Sarah Palin a fine woman of high standards and basic human decency, when we needed a straight talking reformer in D.C. most. Instead we’ve got another lying lawyer. Thanks, Katie!

    Comment by Jayne — April 9, 2009 @ 12:03 am - April 9, 2009

  4. No, torrent, gotcha questions aren’t off-limits to journalists, but the point is that this is hardly journalism worth emulating and honoring.

    But, you do always seem to miss the points of our points and seize on some minor details where you direct your wrath.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — April 9, 2009 @ 1:51 am - April 9, 2009

  5. T.P.

    Save? Save? Is this the latest GOP revisionist history? Is the perennial convention bump the GOP ticket, like all tickets

    The fact is that John McCain and Sarah Palin got a HUGE bump from the Republican convention, much larger than Obama got from his. And for very good reason — the Republican convention is really the first time Americans get to see the Republicans present themselves withoutthe biased liberal media “filtering” it (aka cherry picking anything they can use to make Republicans look bad, and intentionally ignoring anything that might make republicans look good). Democrats don’t get that kind of bump because the liberal media pretty much reports the Democrat talking points as gospel truth. Americans who watch the conventions see something very different from what the media has been telling them about Republicans and see exactly what the media has been telling them about Democrats.

    And the fact is, Sarah Palin floored America. She was phenomenal that night, and Democrats were scared shitless. Republicans got a huge bounce and Democrats went into panic and attack modes.

    Also, are the Republicans ready to concede that much power to one reporter? To the media? Is their message, and what they have to offer, so weak that one series of questions, and one multi-part interview, no matter how “edited”, can do so much damage to one of their “rising stars”?

    It never ceases to amaze me how utterly brainwashed most people are by the media.

    Yes. The media has that much power. Duh!

    Tell me T.P., what information do you get regarding any candidate that doesn’t come from the media? Print, TV, Cable, Radio, even blogs…almost everything we are told about politicians comes through the media filter. What they publish, and what they spike determines what you think.

    And you think it wasn’t important because it was just one reporter? Tell me T.P., what did all the other media outlets talk about after that interview? How “horribly” Palin performed. Did anyone talk about how the interview was deliberately constructed and edited to make Palin look as bad as possible?

    You truly are naive.

    Comment by American Elephant — April 9, 2009 @ 1:58 am - April 9, 2009

  6. Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Journalism:

    Well there you go. A contradiction in terms, but that’s to be expected by liberals.

    “Special Achievement for National Impact on the 2008 Campaign.”

    Oh. I didn’t know that it was up to journalists to make an “impact” on any sort of campaign. Meanwhile, it’s against Campaign Financing to even mention a candidates name in a commercial when it gets close to election time.

    Also, are the Republicans ready to concede that much power to one reporter? To the media?

    ONE reporter made up the “Kill him” quote, it went viral and every liberal believed it to be gospel truth even after it had been debunked. Nobody heard it, but it was used by mindless lemmings as an “example” of alleged Republican hate and racism.

    Never let it be said that liberals aren’t gullible.

    Say, TP, can you explain why your much vaunted “journalists” were NEVER interested in asking the dear Chairman Obama any tough questions back then or even NOW? Shouldn’t they be suspicious and reporting suspicions instead of taking dictation?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — April 9, 2009 @ 2:15 am - April 9, 2009

  7. hahah. sarah palin.

    Comment by bob (aka boob) — April 9, 2009 @ 8:11 am - April 9, 2009

  8. An award named for a pompous newsreader who did everything he could to undermine his country in a time of war, leading to the deaths of thousands of American troops and millions of Vietnamese and C-a-m-b-o-d-i-a-n-s in the Communist genocide that followed while smug American liberals toasted themselves for bringing it on.

    Given to a bubble-headed propagandist for the Neo-Marxist wing of the Democrat party.

    Sounds like a fair match to me.

    Comment by V the K — April 9, 2009 @ 9:15 am - April 9, 2009

  9. No surprise at all when you consider Couric’s audience: “#6: hahah. sarah palin.”

    Comment by Sean A — April 9, 2009 @ 9:45 am - April 9, 2009

  10. Not a happy sign for the state of journalism today, but at least we have one more piece of evidence to prove our point about the bias of mainstream journalism.

    So what, we can have mountains of evidence of about the bias of MSM. Maybe it makes us feel good but it won’t change anything.

    New media will have to go on trying to get the truth out, here and there you’ll change a few minds. But in general, I’d say history is repeating itself very nicely these days – and not in a good way.

    Comment by Leah — April 9, 2009 @ 11:07 am - April 9, 2009

  11. CBS/NBC/ABC=New York Times/Boston Globe/Washington Post/San Francisco Chronicle/Chicago Tribune/et.al.

    Guess why the lib newspapers are failing: advertising in the toilet and a rapidly declining subscriber base.

    What has happened to the “news departments” at ABC/NBC/CBS? Shrinking, shrinking, shrinking. They are revenue swamps. So, they have gone niche market. They poll their shrinking viewers and provide the “news” that will keep their market share. Obama has helped boost those numbers. But…….when you consider their viewership in the context of the electorate or their viewership in the days before cable news, they are in deep, deep trouble.

    To give Couric the Cronkite award is to give d’Obermann the Woodward award. When they have to drag a respected name of the past down to Couric’s level of misfeasance, you know how desperate they have become.

    I suppose that Couric’s hard hitting interviews of Obama were not worthy of mention in her role in the “making” of the President.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 9, 2009 @ 11:21 am - April 9, 2009

  12. When will you Conservatives get it? It’s not Katie Couric’s fault that Sarah Palin is an IDIOT. Her sex has nothing to do with it. She’s totally inarticulate, has an out-of-date point of view that only appeals to her wingnut base and is totally unprepared to even consider being a Senator for God’s sake, not to mention POTUS.
    It’s not the media’s fault that Sarah Palin is an overreaching, reactionary idealogue.

    Comment by NJ Liberal — April 9, 2009 @ 12:03 pm - April 9, 2009

  13. Um, NJ Liberal, now that you’re done venting, will you please address the substance of the post. You could start by reading the title and addressing the merits of Couric’s “journalism.”

    Oh, and, if Sarah Palin is so unqualified, how did she managed (as per the post) to bring down three corrupt Alaska politicians, Republicans all?

    What explains you animus against this accomplished woman? If she were a Democrat and you called yourself NJ Conservative, well, then, some might chalk it up to misogyny.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — April 9, 2009 @ 12:27 pm - April 9, 2009

  14. GPW your theme in this post is how mean and unfair the media was to Sarah Palin and all this wouldn’t have happened if she wasn’t a woman. I said in my previous comment that her sex has nothing to do with it. We finally completed of the George W interregnum, I shudder to think about what our country would be like if Sarah Palin was POTUS.

    Comment by NJ Liberal — April 9, 2009 @ 12:52 pm - April 9, 2009

  15. NJ Liberal, your description of my theme is incomplete. It’s how the media ignored her accomplishments.

    And where did I say this wouldn’t have happened if she weren’t a woman? Please identify my actual remarks to that end.

    And believe me, we’d be a lot better off with Palin as POTUS than we are right now.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — April 9, 2009 @ 1:00 pm - April 9, 2009

  16. The interesting part to me is that “gottya questions” are fine when the MSM is attacking a Republican or conservative. Can you think of the last time anyone from the drive by media asked a Democrat a gottya question? It takes the likes of Joe the plumber or the conservative kid from Harvard. The thousands of reporters and “journalists” being laid off… it never occurs to them.
    Today Obamateleprompter during a chat about mortgage rates, was shouted a question about the 22 Americans taken hostage by pirates…Obama shoeflyied the reporter….”we’re taking questins about mortagages….”. Later it was reported that Obama will take pirate questions once the teleprompter is programmed. I feel safer, how bout you?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 9, 2009 @ 2:49 pm - April 9, 2009

  17. Guys, come on. You’re going to bet your political fortunes on Sarah Palin? That’s so obviously a dead-end that it puts your political party’s very survival into question. I’m not trying to be malicious, but she’s dumber than Bush.

    I promise I’m not scared of her, for anyone that has that response already typed out in their heads.

    Comment by Levi — April 9, 2009 @ 3:14 pm - April 9, 2009

  18. Wow, reading these conservative comments has really cleared up how much I think conservatives are completely out of there minds. You guys talk about liberal conspiracy and how Obama is out to get you and be very afraid of the liberal media. Conservatives right now sound like those preachers that spout out that the end of the world is coming soon. And what happens if the US government and Obama’s presidency actually made the country better. Bush left us in a shit hole and didn’t even give a fuck as he strutted of to pretend-cowboy land. And conservative seems to have had a mass lobotomy where the pass 8 yrs. of Republican reign has been erased from their memories. Amazing how you all follow each other like sheep. Conservatives watch out, we are the evil Democrats/Liberal Media/Muslims/Pagans/Immigrants/etc. Be very afraid or instead wake up, the world is not going to end. Think for yourself.

    Comment by Leysin — April 9, 2009 @ 3:21 pm - April 9, 2009

  19. Um, Levi, do you even read our poss?

    This isn’t about conservatives staking our political fortunes on Sarah Palin, but the media bias directed against that good and accomplished woman.

    You may not be trying to be malicious, but you are. Guess it’s just part of your mindset. You think it’s telling the “truth” to smear a conservative.

    To suggest she’s dumb indicates you’ve ignored her record as have such media figures as Katie Couric. And that is part of the point of the post.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — April 9, 2009 @ 3:21 pm - April 9, 2009

  20. Levi, why would an anti-Republican exhort Republicans not to nominate a candidate they find lacking? Why would Republicans accept such an exhortation? Are you really concerned with my party’s survival, let alone the health of conservatism? Do my questions begin to illustrate one of the reasons many of us like Sarah Palin, i.e. she drives people like you nuts?

    Comment by Ignatius — April 9, 2009 @ 3:26 pm - April 9, 2009

  21. Um, Leysin, what conspiracy are we talking about? You’re the only one who’s used the word in this thread.

    You attach your comment to a post where I made specific points about the biased media coverage of Sarah Palin. To respond, you rant against conservatives in a comment filled with vitriol but no facts.

    Ask yourself, what does that say about your mindset and your world-view.

    Why do you insult conservatives instead of responding to our arguments? If we really are as out of our minds as you contend that should be pretty easy.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — April 9, 2009 @ 3:34 pm - April 9, 2009

  22. #16 Levi In a country that just elected a radical, inexperienced community organizer with friends like rev Wright, Bill Ayers, Gov Blaggo etal. And proves he can assemble a bumbling, stumbling, gaffe filled administration, full of crooks and tax cheats, anything is possible huh?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 9, 2009 @ 3:44 pm - April 9, 2009

  23. (btw leftists, today it was announced another 654,000 Americans lost their jobs during Obamateleprompters Presidency. The pain is spreading, maybe Ms Michelle and Obama and the teleprompter should head back to Europe and bow to some more Kings). hehe

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 9, 2009 @ 3:46 pm - April 9, 2009

  24. Um, Levi, do you even read our poss?

    This isn’t about conservatives staking our political fortunes on Sarah Palin, but the media bias directed against that good and accomplished woman.

    You may not be trying to be malicious, but you are. Guess it’s just part of your mindset. You think it’s telling the “truth” to smear a conservative.

    To suggest she’s dumb indicates you’ve ignored her record as have such media figures as Katie Couric. And that is part of the point of the post.

    I’m suggesting she’s dumb because I’ve seen her being dumb all over my TV. Nobody was asking her hard questions, nobody in the media asks anybody hard questions. This is a pretty big difference between conservatives and liberals — you guys think the media is hopelessly biased in favor of liberals (quick! Ignore that Fox News and talk radio crush their liberal counterparts), while liberals think the media is hopelessly biased in favor of themselves. That is – they’re lazy, they’re more concerned with ratings, and the most important attribute of a reporter is that they can build and maintain access. Again – nobody gets hard questions, really. Sarah Palin wasn’t stumbling on some in-depth, multi-faceted geo-political hypothetical, she was stumbling on ‘What do you like to read?’ She was stumbling when she’d try to describe her proximity-based foreign policy experience. There’s that horrible, rambling answer to who knows what question where she perks up and says ‘Ooh! It’s got to be about job creation!’ mid-sentence. That’s more than enough information for me to rule on her dumbness.

    And yes, I am trying to help. I think we need a good conservative party in this country, and you guys are definitely sprinting in the wrong direction if you think this woman has anything to offer.

    Comment by Levi — April 9, 2009 @ 4:20 pm - April 9, 2009

  25. Levi, she has a lot to offer, but if you read this blog, you know I don’t think she should lead our party in the next election.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — April 9, 2009 @ 5:05 pm - April 9, 2009

  26. Levi’s just worried that she’ll oh, follow the constitution and the entire constitution, not rating one part more important than another.

    He’s not scared, he has to recognize a concept to be scared of it/

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 9, 2009 @ 5:43 pm - April 9, 2009

  27. Forgot to add, if Levi’s “suggesting she’s dumb because I’ve seen her being dumb all over my TV.”

    Lets look at the week in review.
    “Compared to Turkey and how old this civilization is, America is still very new.” (Turkey was founded in 1923)
    “The crushing cost of health care … now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds.” Upon hearing this I grabbed my calculator and ascertained that that means roughly 1,036,800 American families a year are filing bankruptcy because of healthcare expenses.” (There were 826,732 bankruptcies in 2007)

    “I don’t know what the term is in Austrian…”

    And lets not get into what happens if you get him away from a teleprompter.

    (Source, Hotair)

    Waiting for Levi to admit President Obama is dumb because be’s ‘being dumb all over his TV.”

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 9, 2009 @ 5:56 pm - April 9, 2009

  28. Boy, it looks like some of our less-than-conservative commenters have collectively forgotten to take their meds.

    That, plus it was a full moon last night. Who says it doesn’t have an effect on those with mental disorders? 😉

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — April 9, 2009 @ 6:05 pm - April 9, 2009

  29. Hey Levi, by the liberal standards of intelligence, it’s hard to believe that both Obama and Biden are capable of breathing on their own.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — April 9, 2009 @ 6:19 pm - April 9, 2009

  30. Breaking News….
    Democrat Vice President Joe Biden, picked by Democrat Barack Obama, has lied about a conversation he alleges he had with former President GW BUSH in the oval office. Can Obama say Biden has some illness and appoint a new VP to save his administration from more embarassments?
    Or is it possible there are no better candidates that have actually paid their taxes in full and on time, you know, like regular Americans. hehe
    Boobs, crooks, dummies and morons. How humiliating. Is it day 80?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 9, 2009 @ 6:56 pm - April 9, 2009

  31. #17: “Bush left us in a shit hole and didn’t even give a fuck as he strutted of to pretend-cowboy land.”

    I love people who make statements like this and then advise me to “think for myself.”

    And by the way, Leysin, in your future comments, “conservatives are completely out of THEIR minds.” Not “there minds.”

    Comment by Sean A — April 9, 2009 @ 7:13 pm - April 9, 2009

  32. #17 I’d like to take this opportunity to thank former President Bush and VP Cheney for keeping American safe from terrorist attacks. Not once during their administration were Americans taken hostage in international waters by pirates. I think pirates believed if they did that, Bush 43 or Cheney would have ordered a cruise missle to blow them to bits. Now those same pirates think Obamateleprompter will do NOTHING. This administration should warn our citizens that if they are traveling they are on their own. Obama is busy, traveling, protected. Nice.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 9, 2009 @ 10:53 pm - April 9, 2009

  33. Can Obama say Biden has some illness and appoint a new VP to save his administration from more embarassments?

    It’d take a helluva lot more than that.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — April 9, 2009 @ 11:21 pm - April 9, 2009

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  35. It occurs to me that Levi and his ilk are soothed by the cooing of political panderers, the sweet rhythm of double talk, the lilting strains of hope’n’change, and the lifting crescendo of “yes, we can!” They will gird their loins to slay the messengers of personal responsibility who spread the burden of individual initiative, self reliance and burst the bubble of Utopianism. In short, they do not much care for reality, reason and delayed gratification.

    Lemmings run off the cliff on their own. “Progessives” need a Pied Piper to sweet talk them, organize them and lead them.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 10, 2009 @ 10:25 am - April 10, 2009

  36. It’s sad to see conservatives getting all their panties in a bunch. At this point. you guys are hopelessly lost. The talking points that I see spuing out from the conservative pundits and repeated over and over as if the more times you say, it becomes true. And please please keep urging Sarah Palin to run in 2012. I can’t imagine a canidate that best describes the conservative agenda then hers, “Clueless”. Good luck getting pissed off and dissappoint for the next 8 or more yrs.

    And thanks Sean A for the typo correction, I feel much better now that we have you as the spelling police.. I know you’ll be on top of things.

    Comment by Leysin — April 12, 2009 @ 1:48 am - April 12, 2009

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