Over at Mediaite, Rachel Stockman tells people to get off their high horse regarding Katie Couric’s lies regarding her gun control documentary:
Really? For an 8 second editing issue, that wasn’t even her doing? For something, that during the screening, she apparently raised objections to? Most importantly, for something, that she has now apologized for, and is clearly ashamed of? “I regret that those eight seconds were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously,” Couric said in a statement.
Wasn’t her doing? Didn’t raise my initial concerns more vigorously? And whose name gets top billing on this documentary? Make no mistake. This is Katie Couric’s baby folks. Good, bad or ugly, she owns it.
Those eight seconds were the difference between gun rights activists answering Couric’s question and gun rights activists sitting in stunned silence.
When in doubt bash a Fox News personality. To further justify her argument, Stockman singles out Sean Hannity:
But here’s the glaring reality: It happens and probably far more often than we even know. Case in point: Fox’s Sean Hannity. Do you remember when he edited President Obama’s speech to make it look like he was taking credit for a tax increase? Hannity conveniently left out “under the tax plan passed by the last administration” and cut right to Obama saying “taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year, for everybody.” Howard Kurtz (who is now employed by Fox) even called him out for that one. That didn’t seem to put a “end” to Hannity’s career. In fact, his ratings have been doing just fine (just ask Donald Trump).
This is very weak tea. Chide Hannity all you want, but he isn’t a news anchor and has never pretended to be one. If, on the other hand, Shep Smith or Bret Baier had done something like this then there would be a big problem. Or for that matter, Brian Williams and Dan Rather.
Williams, if you will remember, received a six month suspension from NBC last year without pay for falsely claiming a military helicopter he rode in Iraq in March 2003 had been forced down by RPG fire. Although he is back doing news work with MSNBC, he is no longer the anchor at NBC Nightly News. Dan Rather’s career with CBS News came to a premature end as a result of Memogate and the falsification of documents concerning former President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard.
Yet last I checked, Couric is still the “Global News Anchor” at Yahoo!. Why is she getting the kid gloves treatment? Is it because Couric holds the politically correct position on gun control? Is it because of her gender? Or is it because she works for Yahoo! rather than CBS, NBC or ABC? (Although Yahoo! and ABC do have a working relationship). It may be the case that an internet service provider Yahoo! is not perceived of as a journalistic entity as broadcast entities like CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN or Fox are and thus not held to a very high standard. This will not do.
If Katie Couric is serious when she says, “I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL),” then such responsibility must come with consequences be it a suspension without a pay, an early retirement or outright termination of her employment with Yahoo! effective immediately. Otherwise, Couric’s words ring hollow.