Last November, I reviewed the “tapes” and read the transcripts of CBS Anchor Katie Couric’s interviews with the major parties’ 2008 nominees for Vice President of the United States.
While she tossed softballs to the Democrat, then-Senator Joe Biden, never following up on his contention that FDR went on TV when the stock market crashed in 1929*, she saved her toughest questions for the Republican nominee, then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Even as Couric challenged the Republican, she failed to ask that accomplished woman about her record in office:
Not once did Couric manifest any knowledge of Palin’s record in Alaska, save the media scuttlebutt about her church and her views of social issue. But, that does not go to her record as a public official. Nothing about Palin’s work on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) where she took on a fellow Republican and ally of the Governor who had appointed her. Nothing about her work with a Democrat to bring down the corrrupt Republican Attorney General of her state. Nothing about the reforms she achieved as Governor by working across party lines.
Now, we may well have further evidence of Couric’s bias. Conservatives4Palin has video of the CBS Anchor mocking the then-Alaska Governor. Over at Hot Air, Ed Morrissey reminds us “that this is an edited clip; there is at least one cut in this video, and quite obviously we don’t have everything Couric said off air for context.” He asks a number of important questions and makes an important observation:
Did a CBS News employee shoot this while watching the satellite feed, or did a C-band satellite owner get a now-rare unencrypted feed from CBS at the time? Why did it take two years for this to come out? I assume these questions will eventually get answered, but for now, Couric’s snobbish reaction to Palin, the names of her children, and mooseburgers is pretty instructive
Instead of dismissing interest in this clip as the product of a slow news day (as the network has), CBS needs to come clean and search its archives for the entirety of this footage and release it to the public.
Don Surber finds the clip makes Ms. Couric look mighty petty:
I am not surprised by this clip and Miss Couric comes off as rather small. Apparently it is common for Couric to espouse such views as the soundman repeatedly turns off the sound in mid-snark.
Should the entirety of the footage be consistent with the clips we have seen, we will have further evidence that Ms. Couric was not an unbiased journalist covering the race, confirming conservative suspicions that she used the interview to undermine the credibility of Sarah Palin. More evidence of the MSM’s attempt to create a narrative in the 2008 campaign.
And a clear indication that she lacks the temperament to keep her job.
*Was Couric even aware that in 1929, FDR was Governor of New York, not President of the United States and that Americans that year did not have televisions in their homes?