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In Her First Year at CBS, Couric Pushes Higher Taxes, the Welfare
State and Fears of Global Warming
New Network, Same Old Biased Katie
After more than two decades in which
Dan Rather used his anchor desk to push a liberal agenda -
culminating in the forged document scandal in 2004 - the CBS
Evening News needed its new anchor to be the epitome of fair and
Instead, the CBS brass hired Katie
Couric, who put her liberal fingerprints all over Today
during her 15 years at NBC. Making the switch to CBS, Couric could
have reinvented herself as a fair and down-the-middle reporter.
After one year on the job, however, it's clear Couric's liberal
approach has perpetuated CBS's bias problem:
■ Expand the Welfare State.
On the March 12 Evening News, Couric
echoed liberals who
claim health insurance is a constitutional right: "More than 46
million Americans have no health insurance. So when it comes to
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and good health, all men
are not created equal." Likewise, she began an August 8 report with
tendentious claim, "It's well known that far too many Americans
have no health insurance...."
■ War Protester.
Couric didn't hide her opposition to the war in Iraq. "With each
death, with each passing day, so many of us ask, 'Is there a way out
of this nightmare,'" she
mourned on her December 6 newscast.
Interviewing British Prime Minister Tony Blair the next night, Couric
scolded: "Do you think he [President Bush], or for that
matter you, are capable of acknowledging failures?"
When Nancy Pelosi took the gavel as
Speaker of the House on January 4, Couric showed her
streak: "Wouldn't Susan B. Anthony be proud? Or maybe she'd ask,
'What took so long?'" In an August 6 blog entry, Couric
Democratic Congress: "This new crop worked much harder than the
last. A big accomplishment was in challenging executive power with
oversight hearings on Iraq, Medicare, the Department of Justice, and
global warming." She concluded: "Promises, promises. Sometimes they
are kept - even in Washington."
Brent Baker and Rich Noyes
(9/4/07) "From CyberAlerts, Couric's First Year: Her 30 Most-Biased
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