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September 6th, 2006

Katie Couric and the Evening News

So – and I admit I had totally forgotten about this – Katie Couric made her debut last night as the anchor of the CBS Evening News. I didn’t watch; I forgot about it, and had more important things to do at the time.

I don’t really watch a lot of TV news anymore (thanks, web!) but when I do it tends to be local news instead of the national stuff. I’m just not sure that it appeals to me anymore and, by the time I realize I want someone reading the news to me, I’m sure we’ll have robots who do just that.

Fairly recently we watched the BBC News, which is broadcast on our PBS station, and found it to be a markedly different newscast. Stories were in-depth, there wasn’t one iota of fluff, and everyone took it a bit more seriously. Katie Couric, on the other hand, apparently had the first photos of Tom Cruise’s baby on her show. Important!

Do you watch any of the national news broadcasts? Why or why not?

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Jessica September 6, 2006, 7:41 pm

I want some free pens, but it asks for my credit card number. If I have to give anyone my credit card number, then therefor that item would’nt be free. Is that right, or wrong?

Paul September 6, 2006, 8:15 pm

Ask Katie Couric.

COD September 6, 2006, 10:26 pm

I get my news from The Daily Show. The fact that the spam of Tom and Katie was “news” tells you all you need to know about the network news with Katie Couric.

Merle September 6, 2006, 11:03 pm

No. Even local news often has too much fluff. I do watch local news for weather and the occasional “huge accident near where you work, don’t go there!” advisory. But for political and business news I watch Journal, a German news programme (in English).

As for the pens, it is both right and wrong. Just go shoplift some: fewer moral dilemmas.

J.D. September 6, 2006, 11:48 pm

I am one of the most woefully undernewsed people I know. I intentionally bury my head in the sand. It drives my wife crazy. (She’s an NPR junkie.) But – shocking! – I’m also one of the generally happiest people I know. Coincidence?

jk September 7, 2006, 4:34 am

She’s apparently interviewing Joe Paterno tonight (9/7) which will hopefully mark the last time I ever have to watch her.

My dad insists on watching the CBS Evening News because my brother works for a CBS affiliate. I on the other hand feel no such loyalty; I agree with those who prefer to read their news on-line.

Steve A September 7, 2006, 10:38 am

TV news… well since I live in an area where my cable is from a city SOUTH of me which has no station of it’s own, I receive ‘local’ news from Raleigh, about two hours west of me. It’s pretty much pointless except for ‘state’ news. For the local, it’s a local radio station 30 minutes north of me which also takes care of parts of southern Virginia. I really don’t HAVE local news. Even the local newspaper moved south. LOL


zed September 7, 2006, 1:09 pm

I, for one, *cannot stand ‘Katie’ Couric*. I stopped liking her a long time ago when she made a huge fuss on the Today Show about a chef who put live lobsters into a boiling pot of water (“that is so cruel!”). Her liberal slants during her interviews shows how much she lacks professionalism. As far as I am concerned, CBS went from terrible to absolutely awful.

I also do not watch the national news. I rely heavily on the web for up-to-date information. I can pick and choose what I want to read about, and I am not forced to sit through a slanted story.


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