From Bias to Bigotry: CBS News Goes into Free-Fall
By: Carey Roberts
What will Dan Rather be most remembered for – the forged memos from the ill-fated Texas Air National Guard story? Or will it be this candid admission, “Who among us have not lied about somebody? I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things”?
No matter, now we have a new contestant in the How-much-can-you-slant-the-news-and-keep-a-straight-face sweepstakes.
Her name is Katie Couric, and in a few short weeks she will sashay into the anchor seat at CBS News. You may remember, she was the first host of a morning talk show to ever broadcast her own colonoscopy.
Whether the issue is abortion, the gender wage gap, or daycare, Couric has always crooned in harmony with the feminist looney-tunes. She credited Madeleine Albright as being a “rock star” and hailed Nancy Pelosi’s ascension to the House leadership with a “you go, girl!”
In a June 2, 1994 interview, Couric invited Christina Hoff Sommers, author of Who Stole Feminism?. When Sommers explained that football does not provoke male viewers into a wife-beating frenzy, Katie offered this response: “Let’s say, if one accepts your thesis, that these statistics are inflated or used incorrectly. Aren’t you worried about throwing the baby out with the bath water?….. Aren’t you afraid that you’re going to be dismissing the problem all together if you refute that, or if you constantly criticize that?”
So Katie let the cat out of the bag – when feminists make their grandiose claims about brutish patriarchs and downtrodden women, they don’t believe a single word of what they’re saying. It’s just that telling the truth would be tantamount to “dismissing the problem all together.”
In 1991, Clarence Thomas was nominated to the Supreme Court. When feminist Anita Hill switched her testimony, senator Arlen Specter remarked on her lack of credibility. Nine years later, Katie was still seething.
So on March 6, 2000 she invited Specter to her program and then proceeded to rake him over the coals: “You know you, you angered a lot of feminists when you accused Anita Hill. In fact, you detailed how she changed her testimony during questioning, during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. And you accused of her publicly, quote, ‘Flat out perjury.’ Any regrets?”
Always on the look-out to find sexism where none exists, Ms. Couric invited Time magazine managing editor Jim Kelly to her show on December 22, 2003. Waving the magazine’s Person of the Year issue, Kate demanded, “Tell me why you all decided to honor the American soldier? Wondering why there’s no woman on the cover, too?”
When Kelly pointed out the uniformed woman on the front, Couric began to trot out her pre-scripted answer, only to realize too late that she had goofed: “Oh, there you go..oh sorry….I couldn’t tell because of her helmet.”
But it was a segment she did on February 8 last year that most exposed her feminist-socialist leanings. The piece featured a taped interview with Gloria Steinem.
This was Couric’s best line: “While nearly as many women are now in the workforce as men, they are still paid less. About 76 cents for every dollar a man makes.” Of course Couric was raking in $13 million that year, plus incentive provisions and syndication fees. Yes, Katie knows all about the oppression of women in the workplace.
Katie is not just a perky cheerleader for the latest feminist cause-de-jour; she has a history of being an unrepentant gender bigot.
In a November 1997 interview of Nicole Contos, the cast-off bride of Tasos Michael, Couric asked Contos, “Have you considered castration as an option?”
Katie, I know of women who have gotten wet feet at the last minute. So will you be asking their jilted bridegrooms, “Have you considered vulvectomy as an option?”
Just a month later on December 15, Couric reported that commercials directed at men are simple-minded, compared to those aimed at women. That’s because women are capable of more complex thought, according to Katie.
But above all, Katie Couric is the lead pom-pom girl for team Hillary. After Mrs. Clinton released her book in 2003, Couric ran a five-part series to commemorate the event. When Hillary invented the story about daughter Chelsea barely escaping a firey death in Battery Park on 9/11, Katie sympathized, “At that moment, she was not just a senator, but a concerned parent.”
So as Katie Couric takes over at CBS News and HRC revs up her presidential campaign, get ready for more fawning interviews, tear-jerker stories, and good ol’ fashioned tall tales.
Carey Roberts is a Staff Writer for The New Media Alliance. Columns by this author can be read regularly on TheRealityCheck.org