Meet the Real
CBS’s New Star Adores
Liberals, Scolds Conservatives — And Thinks America Should Be More Like France
By Rich Noyes, MRC
August 29, 2006
After more than two decades in which Dan Rather
used his CBS Evening News anchor desk as a soapbox to punish
conservatives and promote liberals — years in which the Evening News
tumbled from the undisputed ratings leader to a poor third place among the
nightly newscasts — CBS has elevated Katie Couric, the longtime co-host of NBC’s
Today, to sit as Rather’s permanent replacement.
In TV ads promoting Couric’s arrival, outgoing interim anchor Bob Schieffer
claimed: "She’s tough, she’s fair, she’s a straight-shooter....Just watch." But
meeting with TV critics in early July, Couric suggested a desire to supplant
journalistic objectivity with activism. "There are cases where we can be more
solution-oriented," Couric proposed.
If her track record is a reliable guide, any policy "solutions" promoted by
the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will likely consist of tiresome
liberal clichés: greater burdens on private business, more spending, more taxes
and a bigger role for government. Media Research Center analysts have documented
Couric’s liberal slant since the day she started on Today back in 1991.
Over the years, Couric has embraced liberal politicians, admired Europe’s nanny
states, and harshly castigated conservatives in general and the religious right
Couric’s years on Today have seen her liberal skew on full display.
This report presents a detailed accounting of the kind of bias that’s likely to
greet viewers of the CBS Evening News starting in September.
Couric's Years of Liberal Tilt"
Couric: Profile in Bias"
Media Reality Check: "New Network, Same Old Biased Katie"
"From CyberAlerts, Couric's First Year: Her 30 Most-Biased Moments"