So my man Dan Rather’s been dissin’ poor little Katie Couric. Come on. He just stated the obvious – that CBS tried to bring the Today ethos to the evening news. In case you can’t tell, I’m not a big Katie Couric fan. 9 months ago I watched her very first nightly newscast and declared I would never watch again. Hey, I gave her a chance. But when she asked for the audience to send her suggestions for a sign-off phrase because she “just couldn’t think of one” I rolled my eyes and hit the ABC button on my remote.
So Dan says CBS dumbed down and tarted up the newscast. Whatever. The real problem is that Katie Couric’s a lightweight. Her delivery is too cutsy pie and all huggy-feely and I really don’t want to watch serious news delivered by somebody who looks like they’re about to cry. I never got that feeling when Elizabeth Vargas was reading the news on ABC so it’s not the fact that Katie’s a chick that turns me off. Maybe it’s her name that subconsciously freaks people out. Somehow the diminutive, Katie, just sounds little-girlish. Even Charlie Gibson changed to Charles when he moved to the national news desk. Yeah, he gets it.
I wish CBS would come to its senses and send little Katie back to the light morning banter she excels at. When a person’s making $15 million a year, I’d really expect them to be able to think up a simple sign-off phrase on their own.