Posts Tagged: anchor


7
Oct 10

CNBC Anchor: Hugo Chávez is ‘Funny,’ ‘Charming,’ ‘A Seductor,’ but ‘Dangerous’

What is it with Hollywood personalities going to Venezuela and being swept off their feet by the thuggish dictator Hugo Chávez. They come back with these stories claiming he is just misconstrued by the media and that he’s really a great guy.

On Oct. 7, at an appearance at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., CNBC “Power Lunch” co-host Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, in an appearance promoting her book “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government,” explained how this could happen. She told an audience that Chávez has a very charismatic, seductive personality.

“I was telling – my two most interesting interviews I think I’ve ever done are Milton Friedman, very influential on me, and also Hugo Chávez, because when I interviewed him I was struck by how much I like him,” she explained. “He’s very funny. He is so charming. He is smooth. He could be a stand-up comedian. He is a seductor, as I suspect most dictators are – that’s how they get to where they are.”

Seductive isn’t probably how most view Chávez, who over the last 12 years has compiled quite the list of human rights violations. But Caruso-Cabrera’s observation gives us insights on why Danny Glover, Sean Penn and Oliver Stone come back from visits to Venezuela singing the dictator’s praises. According to the CNBC host, who gave the impression she saw through this, his abilities are dangerous and are sending Venezuela down the same path Cuba that ruined Cuba under Fidel Castro.

“I got a very clear sense of how dangerous I think he is because clearly what’s happening in Venezuela, my mother’s Cuban – my family left Cuba for a reason,” she continued. “I see what’s happening in Venezuela as very similar to what happened in Cuba. It’s terrible. Poverty is on the rise. Inflation is on the rise. People are suffering. But, he can win you over. I mean it’s very, very impressive.”

Chillingly, Caruso-Cabrera likened him to other personalities.

“It reminded me of actually serial killers that I interviewed in Florida,” Caruso-Cabrera said. “They’re very, very charming. They’re seductors. That’s how they get where they’re going to go and so there’s a lot of similar qualities to their personalities.”

“Wonder how far we can take that analogy?” Cato Institute Senior Fellow and Business & Media Institute Advisory Board Member Dan Mitchell added.

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6
Oct 10

Fox Chicago News Anchor: Sanchez Finds a Home at Fox News?

On Tuesday, Fox Chicago News anchor Bob Sirott suggested that Rick Sanchez might land at the Fox News Channel. In his "One More Thing" commentary, Sirott pointed out that most people had never heard of Sanchez until CNN fired him last week.  Still, Sanchez could bounce back:

Some believe Rick Sanchez’s career is is over, but others think it’s just beginning, and now that he’s a nationally known hot button subject a network that likes controversial personalities will hire him. Can you say FOX News Channel?

No doubt Sirott knows a good deal more than I about the news business in general and Fox News operations in particular.  But I have to wonder if he understands the history between the former CNN anchor and FNC.  Like what Sanchez said on CNN Newsroom on September 18, 2009:

Let me address the FOX News Network now perhaps the most current way that I can, by quoting somebody who recently used a very pithy phrase, two words. It’s all I need: You lie.

NewsBuster Matthew Balan has written of the time Sanchez hinted Fox News isn’t a legitimate news outlet.  And when Sanchez claimed Fox News "obviously tends to lean way, way, way to the right."  And the time Sanchez described FNC as "essentially the voice of the Republican Party."

I don’t see Fox News offering a slot to the ousted CNN anchor.  Or him accepting it.  Then again, if Barack Obama can give Hillary Clinton a job after all the nasty stuff she said about him, anything’s possible.   

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5
Oct 10

Fired CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez Apologizes to Jon Stewart

Fired CNN anchor Rick Sanchez has apologized to comedian Jon Stewart, according to a post on his wife’s Facebook page which raises a point I made to some people in New Hampshire this weekend: if Sanchez tried to walk back or explain his comments and it was accepted by some key media players it was highly likely that despite the conventional wisdom, his career was most assuredly not over.

AOL News reports in a status update on her Facebook page she wrote

that Sanchez apologized to Stewart, host of “The Daily Show,” and that the two “had a good talk.”

“He got caught up in the banter and deeply apologizes to anyone who was offended by his unintended comments,” Suzanne Sanchez wrote.

On his Comedy Central show Monday night, Stewart didn’t mention the apology, but he did discuss the Sanchez affair, joking that he was dismayed by the timing of the CNN anchor’s radio comments because “The Daily Show” doesn’t tape on Fridays — meaning he had to wait until Monday to air a response. By that time, CNN had already fired Sanchez….l

…On Monday, Stewart replayed clips from Sanchez’s radio interview, pausing the audio at one point to exclaim, “Oh my God! Rick Sanchez knows my name!”

He acknowledged that Sanchez objected to the way he’d poked fun at what he called CNN’s “quite frankly, extremely poke-able show,” but said the anchor may have missed part of the point.

“We weren’t making fun of Rick Sanchez because of some slight to his ethnicity. It’s just that we see him as a complex television character who’s flawed but fascinating,” Stewart said. “And now they fire the guy,” he continued, expressing some sympathy for Sanchez.

“If CNN got rid of Rick Sanchez because they didn’t like his show, fine. We weren’t that crazy about it either. But if they fired him for making some intemperate statements and some Jew-baiting, I gotta tell ya. I’m not even sure Sanchez believes what he was saying,” Stewart said. “I think the guy’s probably got a good heart.

Here’s the video of Stewart’s comments:

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This weekend in talking with some other guests at a hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire I told them that I predicted Sanchez would be back after taking some steps. Not on CNN but he’d be back in some media capacity. If he clarified his remarks there would be some who would never accept any explanation because they would conclude his original remarks were a window into his soul in terms of how he viewed Jews, his hubris in terms of class resentment, and his ability to be a corporate player which meant not saying whatever popped into your head about your employer — certainly on not on the radio. But there is a segment of America who will give someone a second chance, although it’s a tougher road to get that if you make comments about race or religion.

The REALITY is that to many on the left and right Sanchez became a caricature — a reliable punch line for fun, an assured laugh from an audience by comedians who know the value of ongoing “callback” jokes (I use some in my own shows in my other incarnation on some topics and David Letterman in particular is a genius in using this technique) or a symbolic target to point to in order go on the political or ideololgical attack. Indeed, Sanchez he earned the ire of left and right and not always because of his performance as a journalist/host. Before he inserted his foot in his mouth he was making valid points about the 21st century’s trending in news towards left-oriented and right-oriented news/opinion networks. He was becoming an advocate for an older school of journalism — which some now feel is genuinely outmoded and perhaps doomed — that tries to straddle the center and attact big audience/readership numbers.

But he was anchor who had lots of experience in Florida, on MSNBC and CNN.

The question seems to be not whether we’ll hear from Sanchez on a regular basis again, but when. Can a future appearance on Stewart’s, Leno’s, Letterman’s or even Oprah’s show be somewhere in the future? That would be the next step.

If it sounds like pro forma apologies, even that won’t fly. Even in a world with changing political and societal values, a news anchor or reporter needs to generate trust and there will be some — Jewish and non-Jewish — who simply won’t believe Rick Sanchez anymore. So his road back to a “big time” media gig could be tough — unless people such as Stewart suggest they don’t see in the same class as a seeming foaming-at-the-mouth equal opportunity hater such as Mel Gibson or even a Michael Richards who loses it in a comedy club and starts hurling racist adjectives. Stewart’s comments already signal that at least one step in that process has begun.

If you had to place a bet now it would be: we’ll hear from him again.

A bit more humble.

A bit more introspective.

A lot more guarded and a lot less bombastic.

But for a while, at least, Rick will remain on the list he doesn’t want to be on.

(FOOTNOTE: To those who will inevitably leap into comments or elsewhere and claim I’m papering over what Sanchez said or not putting it into the context of what has happened to otherse or noting what others have said you may wish to read this earlier post FIRST.)


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1
Oct 10

CNN Anchor Blasts Jews in the Media

Ben Smith notes CNN’s Rick Sanchez, “seething with class and ethnic resentment” in discussing the Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart, “got himself in what seems to me pretty serious trouble today in a radio interview.”

Said Sanchez: “I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah.”
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25
Sep 10

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: News Anchor Barbie Becomes a Reality

There is now an actual “News Anchor Barbie.”

Of the 124 previous careers that Barbie has had in her 51 years (she actually look so much younger) this is perhaps her best look yet. (You can insert any Fox News jokes that you’d like here, but never forget the gals on Fox News are not just stunning, they are competent as well.)

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Truth be known, there are actually few blonde haired, blue eyed female anchors left in the TV news business, but that’s another story for another day.  Diversity is a good thing and it long ago hit the TV news business. Many news anchors like to change their last names to sound more ethnic, but still, I don’t think News Anchor Barbie will get away with using “Gonzalez” or “Chan” as a surname.

Fortunately, I never worked with any gals who will fit the stereotype that will undoubtedly follow this latest creation by Mattel, in fact, the news anchors I worked with would find News Anchor Barbie as amusing as NASCAR Driver Barbie that came out in 1998, but probably not as amusing as Babysitter Barbie from 1963 (a lot of female anchors feel—rightly so—that they have to baby-sit their male counterparts.)

There will be plenty of fun jokes about News Anchor Barbie and the teleprompter and HD make-up accessories that will probably follow, in fact, I’m guessing that these dolls will begin showing up on certain desks in newsrooms across the country, or used as props at holiday parties and a visit to the HR department will follow (TV news departments are very sensitive environments.) I would suggest that they be used to replace Emmys at TV news awards banquets. The doll should retail at about $ 12.95 (sans the box used to make her the same height as her male counterpart) and at that, will be worth more than the Emmy.

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I should mention a disclaimer here, since there are small parts attached to the News Anchor Barbie (the mic, I’m assuming) the doll comes with a warning that there could be danger to children under three years old who might play with Barbie and swallow the parts. I can’t wait until a real news anchor Barbie does that story, “Barbies That Kill, Tonight at 11!” Might there be a conflict of interest problem? Let Ken read that story.

There are great possibilities for the future of News Anchor Barbie. I’m seeing a visit on The View upcoming and a guest host spot next to Regis before too long, perhaps also a report from a flood-ravaged hurricane zone and interviews with Environmentalist Barbie (coming soon—she just needs a few more votes online) or Vegetarian Barbie (2008) and the three can work together to Save The Planet.

Actually, truth be known, News Anchor Barbie beat out Environmentalist Barbie this year. Somewhere, Al Gore and Ron Burgundy can’t be happy about this.

You’ve come a long way, Barbie.


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21
Sep 10

Activist and Anchor Contessa Brewer Warns of ‘Consequences’ for Opposing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

MSNBC anchor and gay rights activist Contessa Brewer on Tuesday warned of "consequences" for senators who oppose repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. In the 12pm hour, she speculated, "…My big question here, will there be consequences, especially for moderates who refuse to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?" [MP3 audio here.]

Later in the News Live show, she interviewed Daniel Choi, an ex-Army lieutenant who was discharged under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Brewer repeated her prediction, citing the planned vote of Susan Collins: "Will there be consequences for her this afternoon if she votes to block the procedure moving forward?"

Despite reporting on gay rights issues, Contessa Brewer has also lobbied for political change. On July 24, 2010, she appeared at a fundraiser in Kentucky. A press release touted, "As the evening’s featured guest, MSNBC’s Brewer, who has several family ties to Kentucky, will speak on the need for a statewide anti-discrimination Fairness law in the Commonwealth from a national news perspective."

On July 12, the supposedly neutral anchor implored, "My big question today: Why aren’t more American leaders itching for a fight on gay rights?"

Choi has repeatedly been the go-to guest for Brewer to tout the wrongness of Don’t Ask, Don’t tell. In addition to Tuesday, he appeared as a guest on September 10 and July 12.

A transcript of the September 21 segment can be found below:

12:03

CONTESSA BREWER: The Senate is set to vote on whether to move forward on the Don’t Ask, Don’t tell repeal 2:30 p.m. eastern. We’ll watch for it. We’ll bring it to you when it happens. Given all the issues our country is facing today, of course my big question here, will there be consequences, especially for moderates who refuse to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? I’d like to hear your thoughts on Twitter, on Facebook.

12:35pm

CONTESSA BREWER: Dan Choi was discharged from the army for being openly gay. And, so here you had Lady Gaga drawing attention to Maine and the role of these moderate Republican Senators, Senator Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. We just saw, Lieutenant Choi, Susan Collins on the floor of the House. She says she supports a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but she doesn’t like the way Congress and the Democrats are going about seeing the repeal passed. Will there be consequences for her this afternoon if she votes to block the procedure moving forward?

DANIEL CHOI (Former U.S. Army Lt.): Yes. There will be consequences, Contessa, for all of us because whenever you continue a policy of discrimination, there are dire consequences for the fabric of what makes America what it is. And, although it’s difficult for me to follow Lady Gaga, I want to say she’s been a great leader in this. I some of our politicians can speak up you loudly and forthrightly as she has.

BREWER: I want to read what McCain has to say about this. He says, and he’s kind of been the one pushing for a filibuster of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He says it’s "pushing for a vote on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law before the Defense Department has concluded its survey of the opinions of our force on an important matter that will directly affect them and their families." I’m getting a lot of E-mails in, Dan, from people who have served or are serving in the military. Both sides here, some saying, no, gays should not be allowed to openly serve and some saying it’s absolutely time to overhaul this policy. Do the survey results at all change- would it change your view about whether it’s a valid policy?

CHOI: It’s absolutely an invalid- it’s absolutely a destructive policy. You don’t need a survey to understand that discrimination is anti-American. I don’t know if any of the people conducting the survey took a look at the other countries in the world. They conducted polls and many people said the same thing that Senator McCain and many other elected officials are saying, that there’s going to be some kind of negative impact. Contessa, whenever you have a unit or a team that prizes honesty, and integrity, that supports all families, not just straight families, but all families, you have an increase in cohesion. You have an increase in community. You have an increase in the strength of an organization. Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is going to do nothing but strengthen our communities and our families and our country.

BREWER: Let me ask you, and some of the e-mails I get that do not support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell from former or current military members, this is the argument they make: I want you to address this since you served in the military. They say, what happens when a gay military member hits on a straight military member and then the gay military member gets punched in the face? Does that happen? Do gay- do gay soldiers hit on straight soldiers?

CHOI: Well- Well, I think what — let me just be really clear about this. When a gay soldier exists in a unit, 99 percent of the time, they’re not spending their time hitting on other soldiers. There’s probably a fear that when a gay soldier exists that the other soldiers will say, "Oh, maybe I’m gay, too," And that’s what’s at the bottom of this kind of thinking, this kind of illogic. And those incidents that people are bringing up never happened when I was openly gay in an infantry unit for over a year and a half. It it’s common for a lot of people to focus on, you know, these pretend incidents that they will say will be widespread and they’ll create a sense of fear. But I’m not buying it. I’m not tricked by it. And I don’t think anybody who pays attention to your program should be tricked by it either.

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21
Sep 10

Activist and Anchor Contessa Brewer Warns of ‘Consequences’ for Opposing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

MSNBC anchor and gay rights activist Contessa Brewer on Tuesday warned of "consequences" for senators who oppose repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. In the 12pm hour, she speculated, "…My big question here, will there be consequences, especially for moderates who refuse to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?" [MP3 audio here.]

Later in the News Live show, she interviewed Daniel Choi, an ex-Army lieutenant who was discharged under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Brewer repeated her prediction, citing the planned vote of Susan Collins: "Will there be consequences for her this afternoon if she votes to block the procedure moving forward?"

Despite reporting on gay rights issues, Contessa Brewer has also lobbied for political change. On July 24, 2010, she appeared at a fundraiser in Kentucky. A press release touted, "As the evening’s featured guest, MSNBC’s Brewer, who has several family ties to Kentucky, will speak on the need for a statewide anti-discrimination Fairness law in the Commonwealth from a national news perspective."

On July 12, the supposedly neutral anchor implored, "My big question today: Why aren’t more American leaders itching for a fight on gay rights?"

Choi has repeatedly been the go-to guest for Brewer to tout the wrongness of Don’t Ask, Don’t tell. In addition to Tuesday, he appeared as a guest on September 10 and July 12.

A transcript of the September 21 segment can be found below:

12:03

CONTESSA BREWER: The Senate is set to vote on whether to move forward on the Don’t Ask, Don’t tell repeal 2:30 p.m. eastern. We’ll watch for it. We’ll bring it to you when it happens. Given all the issues our country is facing today, of course my big question here, will there be consequences, especially for moderates who refuse to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? I’d like to hear your thoughts on Twitter, on Facebook.

12:35pm

CONTESSA BREWER: Dan Choi was discharged from the army for being openly gay. And, so here you had Lady Gaga drawing attention to Maine and the role of these moderate Republican Senators, Senator Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. We just saw, Lieutenant Choi, Susan Collins on the floor of the House. She says she supports a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but she doesn’t like the way Congress and the Democrats are going about seeing the repeal passed. Will there be consequences for her this afternoon if she votes to block the procedure moving forward?

DANIEL CHOI (Former U.S. Army Lt.): Yes. There will be consequences, Contessa, for all of us because whenever you continue a policy of discrimination, there are dire consequences for the fabric of what makes America what it is. And, although it’s difficult for me to follow Lady Gaga, I want to say she’s been a great leader in this. I some of our politicians can speak up you loudly and forthrightly as she has.

BREWER: I want to read what McCain has to say about this. He says, and he’s kind of been the one pushing for a filibuster of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He says it’s "pushing for a vote on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law before the Defense Department has concluded its survey of the opinions of our force on an important matter that will directly affect them and their families." I’m getting a lot of E-mails in, Dan, from people who have served or are serving in the military. Both sides here, some saying, no, gays should not be allowed to openly serve and some saying it’s absolutely time to overhaul this policy. Do the survey results at all change- would it change your view about whether it’s a valid policy?

CHOI: It’s absolutely an invalid- it’s absolutely a destructive policy. You don’t need a survey to understand that discrimination is anti-American. I don’t know if any of the people conducting the survey took a look at the other countries in the world. They conducted polls and many people said the same thing that Senator McCain and many other elected officials are saying, that there’s going to be some kind of negative impact. Contessa, whenever you have a unit or a team that prizes honesty, and integrity, that supports all families, not just straight families, but all families, you have an increase in cohesion. You have an increase in community. You have an increase in the strength of an organization. Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is going to do nothing but strengthen our communities and our families and our country.

BREWER: Let me ask you, and some of the e-mails I get that do not support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell from former or current military members, this is the argument they make: I want you to address this since you served in the military. They say, what happens when a gay military member hits on a straight military member and then the gay military member gets punched in the face? Does that happen? Do gay- do gay soldiers hit on straight soldiers?

CHOI: Well- Well, I think what — let me just be really clear about this. When a gay soldier exists in a unit, 99 percent of the time, they’re not spending their time hitting on other soldiers. There’s probably a fear that when a gay soldier exists that the other soldiers will say, "Oh, maybe I’m gay, too," And that’s what’s at the bottom of this kind of thinking, this kind of illogic. And those incidents that people are bringing up never happened when I was openly gay in an infantry unit for over a year and a half. It it’s common for a lot of people to focus on, you know, these pretend incidents that they will say will be widespread and they’ll create a sense of fear. But I’m not buying it. I’m not tricked by it. And I don’t think anybody who pays attention to your program should be tricked by it either.

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15
Sep 10

Former CNN Anchor O’Brien Attacks ‘Nutbag’ O’Donnell on Twitter

Miles O'Brien, Former CNN Anchor | NewsBusters.orgFormer CNN anchor Miles O’Brien (no relation to current CNN special correspondent Soledad O’Brien) slammed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell as a "Tea Party nutbag" in a Tweet on Wednesday evening. O’Brien continued that he "forget [sic] her ignorant nonsense," referring to her defense of the creationist viewpoint during a 1996 appearance on his former network.

O’Brien, who was let go by CNN in 2008 after they closed their science unit, linked to an article on the left-wing website Talking Points Memo after his attack on O’Donnell. The article, by Eric Kleefeld, highlighted an item by Dan Amira of New York magazine, who "dug up" the Republican’s March 1996 appearance with O’Brien and Dr. Michael McKinney of the University of Tennessee-Chattanoga. During the panel discussion, O’Donnell defended the creationism. Kleefeld labeled it as just another part of the social conservative’s "religious right work," citing her apparent "long career in anti-sex and anti-masturbation activism."

The former anchor’s Tweet is not surprising, gives his record of liberal bias when he was at CNN, particularly on the issue of climate change. On February 9, 2006, O’Brien accused scientists skeptical of the theory of manmade global warming as being "bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry." Over two months later, he suggested raising gasoline taxes to "help pay for these alternative fuels." During 2007, the then-CNN anchor insisted to former Republican Congressman J. C. Watts that the "scientific debate is over" on the climate change issue. O’Brien also dismissed critics of Al Gore’s movie "An Inconvenient Truth" later that year.

Less than a year before his dismissal from CNN, he compared manmade global warming skeptics to Flat Earthers. More recently, O’Brien, working a special correspondent for PBS’s NewsHour program, helped promote Dubuque, Iowa as a "city of a future" during a June 17, 2010 report, for its transformation from a former industrial center into a "green" capital, with the help of money from the Obama administration’s "stimulus" package.

Outside of the global warming issue, the journalist conducted other left-leaning advocacy. He helped CNN promote the controversial "Death of a President" movie depicting the assassination of former President George W. Bush during an October 27, 2006 segment with director Gabriel Range. He labeled four American contractors who were kidnaped in Iraq "mercenaries" less than a month later. In April 2008, he tried to spin the 40% approval rating the Democratically-controlled Congress had at the time: "Democrats are marking 100 days of their congressional reign now, and they’re riding pretty high."

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7
Sep 10

Profile in Bias: Four Years of Katie Couric’s Liberal Spin as ‘CBS Evening News’ Anchor

Tuesday marks the four-year anniversary of Katie Couric’s assumption of the anchor chair for the CBS Evening News on Tuesday, September 5, 2006. To commemorate the occasion, the Media Research Center has assembled Perking Up for Liberal Spin, a profile in bias of Couric’s top forty biased quotes from her four years at CBS.     

Marking her one-year anniversary, a September 2007 MRC Media Reality Check, New Network, Same Old Biased Katie, noted: "In her first year at the helm of the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric has perpetuated the bias problem that eroded CBS’s credibility under Dan Rather." The three years that followed were no exception, as Couric actively promoted liberal figures and causes, while disparaging conservatives. From cheering on Barack Obama’s campaign and presidential agenda to smearing Arizona’s immigration law or opposition to the Ground Zero mosque, she has maintained her long journalistic record of liberal slant.

Couric’s biased reporting has not been a hit with the broadcast’s shrinking audience, during the week of August 16, 2010, the network news program tied it’s all-time ratings low, slipping below five million viewers.

Here are some bias highlights of Couric behind the anchor desk:


-Ground Zero Mosque = American Values

"There is a debate to be had about the sensitivity of building this center so close to Ground Zero. But we can not let fear and rage tear down the towers of our core American values."
— Katie Couric on Ground Zero mosque for "Katie Couric’s Notebook" on Couric & Co. blog, August 23, 2010.

-Shaking Pom-Poms for Obama

"You’re so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken? Do you ever wake up and say, ‘Damn, this is hard. Damn, I’m not going to get the things done I want to get done, and it’s just too politicized to really get accomplished the big things I want to accomplish’?"
— Couric in an exchange with Obama shown on CBS’s The Early Show, July 22, 2009. [Video/audio (0:22): WMV | Mp3]
  

                 
-Arizona’s Immigration Law = Cops Gone Wild

"Tonight, Arizona’s controversial new immigration law. Police will now be able to make anyone they choose prove they’re here illegally. It triggers demonstrations by both sides and a warning from President Obama."
— Couric at the top of the April 23, 2010 Evening News. [Video/audio (0:12): WMV | Mp3]

-ObamaCare Can’t Come Soon Enough

"Once again, we begin tonight with the battle over health care reform, but this time, we’re not starting at a town meeting. Tonight, we’re going to show you why many believe reform is desperately needed. These are just some of the tens of thousands of Americans who need health care but have no insurance or not enough of it, and they’re lining up at a free makeshift clinic in Los Angeles."
— Couric opening the August 13, 2009 Evening News.

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2
Sep 10

Anchor Notes: John King and Sheriff Joe Arpaio

 Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke with CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King on Thursday.

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke with CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King on Thursday.

Washington (CNN) - A defiant Sheriff Joe Arpaio accused the Obama Justice Department of trying to “sandbag” him by filing suit against his office Thursday. On another issue rippling through Arizona politics, the lawman said he has never heard of a beheading in Arizona tied to illegal immigration.

The Justice Department said it had no choice but to file suit because it said Arpaio’s office was refusing to surrender requested documents and grant its investigators access to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office personnel.

“Just recently our lawyers, in Washington, have met with them,” Arpaio said in an interview with me for “John King, USA” to air Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. “They have thousands and thousands of our documents. And we thought we had this thing resolved but now they sandbag us and they sue me. Why are they doing that when we are cooperating? It took them a year-and-a-half and why now?

“You know, this is the third lawsuit they’ve filed against the state of Arizona, now a - a school district and now me. Three times all over alleged discrimination. So it seems like they’re ganging up on Arizona - the people of Arizona over this illegal immigration problem. …They have to describe what they want. They want the whole world. Limit what they want. What did they ask us what they want?”

Arpaio cast himself as “the puppet” in a political battle with Washington and added: “We’ll see them in court.”

During the interview, I also asked Arpaio about an issue that became a flashpoint in an Arizona gubernatorial debate Wednesday night. Democrat Terry Goddard pressed GOP Gov. Jan Brewer to recant a statement she made earlier this year suggesting Arizona law enforcement officials had found examples of beheadings that Brewer linked to the illegal immigration problem. Media reports in the state have found no evidence of beheadings reported to or by law enforcement agencies.

Brewer did not recant during the debate and ignored reporters’ questions about the issue after.

Here is the exchange with Sheriff Arpaio on the issue:

KING: “Have you ever, in your case, either in your county or talking to your law enforcement colleagues in other parts of the state, heard of beheadings?
ARPAIO: “Well, I - I’m not going to speak for her. That’s her comments. I’m not running for governor. I did spend 14 years in Mexico and the border. But I don’t know, maybe she was talking across the border. You know, Mexico, the United States and Canada are North America. I don’t know what she was talking about. But I’m not going to talk - I’m not running for governor. You’re going to have to ask her what she meant by that, not me.
KING: “All right, let me just set her aside then. Have you - have you ever come across evidence or a report from your county or a neighboring county of a beheading in Arizona?”
ARPAIO: “Well, I haven’t. That doesn’t mean other people have. But I sure - I’ll tell you one thing, there’s plenty of beheadings going on right across the border.”






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