Now, I have no doubt a lot of you can relate to being annoyed by Katie Couric. I think she’s ill-suited for the CBS Evening News, but overall, I think she’s a fine interviewer, most of the time. The annoyance with Couric (and yes, I refer to her quite often as "Katie," too) is that she too often lets up on the gas and sometimes applies the brake at an inopportune time during an interview.
Now, from my point of view, she was way too nice to Sarah Palin when Couric interviewed her in the last couple of
weeks. But Caribou Barbie, being the Republican she is, thinks the Anchorwoman was just too "annoying."
This is from The Huffington Post, Palin On Fox News: Couric Annoyed Me.
In a portion of her sit-down with Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron, Palin claimed that Couric’s questions — which produced a series of staggeringly embarrassing responses — put her in a lose-lose position.
"The Sarah Palin in those interviews was a little bit annoyed," she said. "It’s like, man, no matter what you say, you are going to get clobbered. If you choose to answer a question, you are going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to try to pivot and go to another subject that you believe that Americans want to hear about, you get clobbered for that too."
First of all, you have to love the fact that she chose to reveal this on Fixed News, where she knows she’ll get a sympathetic ear, in part because everyone on that channel whines like a bunch of little girls at a slumber party, even when they’re not lying their asses off about the issues of the day.
But the questions she’s talking about — the ones Couric asked her — ARE issues Americans want to
hear about. They don’t want to hear about Caribou Barbie’s plans for
economic revival. They don’t care about her stance on how cool it is to
be a hockey mom, or the stepmother of your daughter’s special needs
child. The issue most people care about is, "If something happens to
President McCain (God forbid — and you can take that statement in
either context), are you capable of taking the reins of power and
running the country?" I think even those of us who don’t want McCain to
be president agree that the same question doesn’t apply to the other
three people in the race; it only applies to you, Caribou Barbie.
And Katie Couric’s questions all went to that. They weren’t "gotcha"
questions, for Chrissakes. If anyone considers them so, then when did
the definition change?
Since when is it a gotcha question for a presidential candidate to be asked for her preferred sources for news? Couric also asked her to clarify exactly what about running a state that has Russia for a neighbor gives her foreign policy experience, to explain what Dick Cheney did wrong as vice president, to explain how she felt about the bailout bill, and what other Supreme Court decisions were as bas as Roe vs. Wade in her eyes. Which one of those were designed to make her look bad?
Caribou Barbie then elaborates for the lickspittle crowd at Fixed News, exactly what she wanted to talk about, that the "annoying" Katie Couric wouldn’t let her discuss;
those Katie Couric interviews, I did feel that there were lot of things
that she was missing in terms of an opportunity to ask what a VP
candidate stands for, what the values are represented in our ticket. I
wanted to talk about Barack Obama increasing taxes, which would lead to
killing jobs. I wanted to talk about his proposal to increase
government spending by another trillion dollars. Some of his comments
that he’s made about the war, that I think may, in my world, disqualify
someone from consideration as the next commander in chief. Some of the
comments that he has made about Afghanistan — what we are doing there,
supposedly just air raiding villages and killing civilians. That’s
reckless. I want to talk about things like that. So I guess I have to
apologize for being a bit annoyed, but that’s also an indication of
being outside the Washington elite, outside of the media elite also. I
just wanted to talk to Americans without the filter and let them know
what we stand for."
Ah, so that’s what annoyed her about the Couric interview. She didn’t have a chance to tell bald-faced lies about Barack Obama; something they gladly welcome on Fixed News. Obama, of course, is not going to increase taxes on anyone who would have anything to do with growing the economy, and he’s never made such statements about Afghanistan. She was annoyed because she didn’t get to repeat those really neat-o talking points the McCain camp gave her.
If she thinks Couric was annoying during the interview she gave, imagine how much whining she’d do if Couric has decided to challenge those lies.
Assuming Katie would have done that, of course.
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