Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Petraeus is Propagandist, Smart, and Articulate

Katie Couric, CBS News anchor (providing stability or dragging down the ship?) is in Iraq this week proving her bona fides as a serious journalist. Amy Proctor of Bottom Line Up Front nails the unbiased Katie insinuating Gen. David Petraeus is a cheap propagandist.

KATIE COURIC: ... I was taken to the Allawi market which is near Haifa street which was the scene of that very bloody gun battle back in January and you know this market seemed to be thriving and there were a lot of people out and about. A lot of family owned businesses and vegetable stalls and so you do see signs of life that seem to be normal. Of course that’s what the U.S. military wants me to see so you have to keep that in mind as well.
Katie quickly added balance by saying, "But, I think there're definitely areas where the situation is improving." I feel better now, thank you.

Over at Nation Public Radio, Morning Edition this morning, National Security correspondent Jackie Northam channeled Sen. Joe Biden about 3 minutes into her piece: "General Petraeus is smart and articulate and widely respected." Presumably, Gen. Petraeus is not clean though. These are, of course, very rare qualities in Generals who are, generally speaking, stupid, inarticulate, and bereft of respect. The General Petraeus, like John Edwards, is not Black nor a woman, so, no harm, no foul.




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12 comments:

Gayle said...

Katie Couric. GAG!

Her opinion matters to me almost as much as the opinion of your average seven-year-old... probably less! There's just something about her I didn't like the first time I ever watched her and didn't know anything about her politics. It's that oh-so-cutesy persona she tries to portray. It's so absolutely phony that any perceptive person can see through it immediately.

Like I said: "GAG!"

Indigo Red said...

Yeah, Gayle. That's why I used the Katie as Peter Pan photo.

I can think of several women news talkers I would gladly watch because they are real journalists. I may not agree with them, but they know their craft.

Gayle said...

By the way, Indigo, the link you left to Amy's post is a trackback link and doesn't work. I had to go to Amy's blog and look for the post in order to find it. Just so you know.

Indigo Red said...

There, all fixed. Thanks, Gayle.

Tom C said...

Geez and I so wanted to comment on Katie but didn't want to offend. The word recepticle comes to mind though.

Indigo Red said...

Oh, Tom! What could you possibly mean by that?

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Haha....cute photo. Will she ever grow up?

dcat said...

Tom C means garbage belongs in an incinerator... oh but wait we don't want to pollute the air al would get upset. ;)

Indigo Red said...

No, Wordsmith, Katie will never grow up. I think alot of her problems with the public's perception of her is, in fact, her name - Katie, doesn't sound very grown up or authoritative, like Jimmy Carter. Maybe if she had used her given name, Katherine, in her professional life, she would have been accepted by the public. Ahh, who am I trying to kid? By any name, Katie Couric is bellybutton fluff readily dismissed.

The opera singer, Beverly Sills, died in the past year or two. Her nickname was 'Bubbles". How far would she have gotten in the news world named Bubbles when she didn't even go by Bubbles in the opera world.

On ABC's It's a Small World News, the anchor is listed on the credits as "Charles Gibson", but anyone who has watched the broadcast knows his compadres call him "Charlie". Nothing wrong with that except it's not professional. Neither is "Tommy" Brokaw, "Danny" Rather, "Petie" Jennings, "Wally" Cronkite. The same goes for women. Other than sports, nicknames don't fly well in the professional world. Would you trust your vasectomy to a Doctor named "Zippy"? You might want him to make balloon animals at the after-surgery party, but trust with the snippers ... I don't think so.

Neither do innocent little photos like this http://beach.curbed.com/2006_06_katie-thumb.jpg help. If one has any idea one may be in the public eye as an authority figure, then one shouldn't do stupid or very cute things. One misses out on alot of life, but those are the sacrifices. And the facts of life.

Mike's America said...

Indigo: I'm worried about you. Have the Clintonistas gotten to you???

Indigo Red said...

They paid me a visit in the dead of night and offered me an apple which, unlike Mr Hsu, I refused to bite.

Don said...

Geez! Are her hips really that wide?