Moonves blames sexism for Couric’s ratings

Not only is it weak, lame and tired...it's not even imaginative!Leslie Moonves, CBS chief executive, on Tuesday suggested that sexist attitudes were partly to blame for the faltering performance of Katie Couric, the news anchor he recruited to the network with a $15m annual pay package.“I’m sort of surprised by the vitriol against her. The number of people who don’t want news from a woman was startling,” Mr Moonves said of the audience’s reaction to Ms Couric, who this month brought ratin … [Read more...]

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Hillary, Obama and the nat’l psyche – UPDATED

I meant to link yesterday to an interesting piece by Dick Meyer over at CBS News, in which he muses on the emotional projections of the voters and wonders what it can mean for the Democrats. As ever, with Meyer, his stuff gets you thinking.I sense most voters who don't have books by Herbert Marcuse, Michael Moore and Al Franken on their shelves feel profoundly conflicted about choosing either Hillary or Barack to be president. [...] Sen. Clinton's psychological quest is just too obvious and … [Read more...]

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Incuriouser & Incuriouser – Bush or the Press?

Jay Ambrose has a great piece up that touches on something I've always maintained, that the word "incurious" belongs rightly to the press, not the president.The incurious press never did want to know about John Kerry's military records...they never did actually want to hear what the Swiftboat Vets had to say...hell, they weren't even curious enough about Plamegate to ask Joe Wilson a question beyond "so, how is the Bush Neocon Cabal out to get you?" They never were curious enough to ask … [Read more...]

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Les Moonves! Heads up, over here, please!

Some of you know I routinely give Les Moonves advice on what he can do to improve CBS news (and he should feel complimented - I don't even consider ABC or NBC worth my precious time...). He has apparently - upon deep consideration, I'm sure - decided NOT to take my selfless advice that he hire Delia Gallagher over Katie Couric. Ah well, some people have to learn the hard way...Nevertheless, I'm going to continue in my tireless quest to restore CBS News to its former glory, this time with a … [Read more...]

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NY Times illustrates cartoon story

Faced with an ethical dilemma, the New York Times has chosen to illustrate a report on the so-called Cartoon Wars with an image which is offensive to some with religious sensibilities.The picture they have chosen is Chris Ofili's portrait of of the Virgin Mary, painted with elephant dung.Can't you just see editors scurrying around, dithering on this one?Editor A: What to do...this story is HUGE, and by any ethical journalistic standard, we should be showing our readers what the fuss … [Read more...]

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Most annoying phrases of 2005

The list is so-so.My personal choice: "some say..." Used continually by Katie Couric, David Gregory and oh, basically anyone in the press who wanted to advance their own personal opinion or the general concensus of the fourth estate: "Some say President Bush is trying to undermine our civil liberties," "Some say Iraq is a quagmire," "Some say America is a world-bully," "Some say if only the Kyoto treaty had been recognised..."Just once, I would like to hear a politician come back … [Read more...]

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Not that Moonves cares what I think

But after reading this open letter to him in which he is given the very good advice NOT to hire Katie Couric for the CBS Evening News, I just had to comment:Yes, Couric has winning appeal - mostly in the form of a bubbly charm -- and she would most likely attract a boatload of new viewers to your network. ... ...I would like to suggest another approach, a much CHEAPER route than Couric to fill the job (Do I have your attention now? I thought so).Instead of chasing after America's … [Read more...]

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Smacking away the hand meant to soothe

I wasn't going to post regarding this article, but I find I really must, if only in the hopes that its author, Maria Eftimiades, will see my post and understand that her own prejudicial assumption puts out hurtful misinformation about a group of people doing good work.Discussing her choice to abort her son upon learning that he had Down's Syndrome, Eftimiades wrote: I'm sure pro-lifers don't give you the right to grieve for the baby you chose not to bring into the world (another euphemism, … [Read more...]

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The NY Times Calling for Coup or Impeachment?

This editorial strikes me as being right up there with Harry Reid's insistance, after Fitzgerald didn't give the Dems what they wanted, (Rove's head on a platter) that Bush give it to them anyway!"We don't want him to be president for three more years! The ignoramuses in the red states might have elected him, but we're not going to stop the tantrum until he's gone!"The NY Times, in this editorial, sounds remarkably like a frustrated kid in a snit. Like George Will, last month, writing … [Read more...]

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That moron Bush is reading my book?

Hee-hee...I don't know why but so many stories are striking my funny bone today. This one cracked me up.According to the White House, one of three books Bush chose to read on his five-week vacation is "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky, who chronicled the rise and fall of what once was considered the world's most strategic commodity.The other two books he reportedly brought to Crawford are "Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar" by Edvard Radzinsky and "The Great Influenza: The Epic … [Read more...]

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