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Monday, April 03, 2006

If you think suing Howard Stern was stupid

Walter Cronkite never looked that good in a
dress, Ed Murrow did, but they don't like
to mention that too much

Kate to CBS? She should train eye elsewhere

Katie Couric met with victims of Hurricane Katrina last year in New Orleans.
The story of Katie Couric's future has been picked apart more than a dead horseshoe crab surrounded by a flock of seagulls.

However, what's lost in the feeding frenzy is this: Couric shouldn't leave NBC. Doing so would be a terrible mistake.

That's not a knock on CBS. For Couric, anchoring the "Evening News" will be a bad move, even if she gets some "60 Minutes" work factored in.

Instead she should go the talk/interview show route.

As someone who has watched "Today" for a long time, it's clear that while Couric is very good at a lot of things - and she has to be, to be at "Today" - the "CBS Evening News" isn't a good fit.

Before you start wagging your finger, this has nothing to do with her being a woman headed toward a slot normally held by men. Elizabeth Vargas broke that mold already over at ABC.

Rather, it's an assessment of her skills. She is not at her best sitting behind a desk reading a TelePromTer.

It's easy to sympathize with Couric not wanting to host the "Today" show anymore. She's been there for 15 years. Anyone who has been in the same job for a long period of time has felt the strain of repetition, and the desire to want to do something more challenging. (Memo to Boss: Anyone but me, of course.)

Sure, taking the CBS job would offer prestige, but little more. She'd have to share 22 minutes with the talented folks there and have little chance to spread her wings.

It is a fucking ridiuclous idea. Couric is best known for being a friendly face in the morning, not discussing the dead from Iraq.

Les Moonves is an idiot, and this is his idiocy in full bloom. Couric will be harped on as a disaster for CBS news and last a year. But by then. Moonves will be long gone.

Compared to suing Howard Stern, this makes that look like the planning behind D-Day.

posted by Steve @ 4:57:00 PM

4:57:00 PM

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