Monday, July 24, 2006


PunditMom has an interesting post on Katie Couric's decision not to go to the Middle East to cover the violence there. As a single mother of two, it's a risk she's not willing to take. I echo PunditMom's support for Couric's decision. I'll be interested to watch Couric on CBS to see how the coverage develops and evolves.

I'm a NPR news junkie myself, for the most in-depth coverage of just about any story.


Blogger PunditMom said...

Thanks, MojoMom! Over the weekend, CBS claimed Couric would go and that her comments were taken out of context ... she said she wouldn't go to Iraq! Like there's a difference if she goes to Iraq or Lebanon?

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Melanie Lynne Hauser said...

She shouldn't have to defend herself - after all, she's a proven professional who DID go to Iraq during Desert Storm. And yes, now she's a single mother. I hope she's not feeling pressured to go, after all.

11:16 AM  
Blogger MojoMom said...

I hope that if this conversation continues in the media, it focuses on how dangerous the region is for journalists, rather than Katie Couric being a Mom. That would be a distraction from the overall situation in the Middle East. Journalists have really suffered in Iraq. Reporters Without Borders posts that 99 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since March 2003, and 2 are still missing. I will predict that Couric will go to the Middle East at some point, especially if the war story continues to develop. I guess I have mixed feelings. I want to respect her as a journalist, but for me, if the network's #1 priority was "gravitas" they wouldn't have picked a popular morning-show host to anchor the evening news. So to try to have to prove her gravitas by putting herself in danger seems counterproductive.

3:47 PM  

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