Mainstream scream: Couric pleas, When will I be loved?

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets


Our weekly look at the loudest screech from the mainstream media features former CBS News anchor Katie Couric, giving the commencement at the University of Virginia, claiming to have been cheated by sexists.

She said, “One of the problems with being a trailblazer is, sometimes you get burned. In those first few months at CBS, TV critics wrote about my clothes, my hair, my makeup, even the way I held my hands. Some said I lacked ‘gravitas,' which I've since decided is Latin for ‘testicles.'...My story may have played out in the public eye, but it's by no means unique. Every one of you will at some point be confronted by naysayers and learn that life isn't always fair. You'll feel cheated, you'll be mistreated. You'll wonder, when will I be loved?’”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Apparently, $15 million a year to read off a teleprompter didn't show enough ‘love’ to satisfy Couric. Maybe she would've earned more gravitas if she pursued the harder news path instead of fluff exemplified by giggling along with Nancy Pelosi, as she did one night. And Tuesday she'll host a two hour special on ABC: The Jubilee Queen with Katie Couric.That kind of celebrity news doesn't take cojones.

Rating: Two of five screams.