By Malcolm A. Kline
The University of Southern California likes broadcast journalist Katie Couric’s pitches, provided that the CBS anchor lobs hardballs at conservatives and softballs at liberals. Specifically, Couric baited Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on her foreign policy experience when the Republican was John McCain’s running mate in his unsuccessful quest for the U. S. presidency.
Couric’s colleagues lionized her for the exchange when they had previously dismissed the former Today anchor as a lightweight. Still, none questioned her failure, in an interview with Palin’s opposite number, then-U. S. Senator Joe Biden, D-Delaware, to question him about his inability to correctly name the U. S. president who presided over the federal government when the stock market crashed in the 1920s. “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed,” Sen. Biden explained to Couric. “He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.'”
1.)FDR was not the president in 1929. Herbert Hoover was.
2.)Television was not publicly available for another 10 years.
Couric’s failure to bore in on these twin gaffes from the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could only be ascribed to two possible causes:
1.)She didn’t catch them, which brings her competence into question; or
2.)She didn’t want to, which brings ethical considerations to bear.
Compare that unheralded sound bite with Couric’s pressuring Governor Palin on her foreign policy credentials: