Here's a brief roundup of some of the other reactions we've seen. As you can tell from a brief romp through some of the comments sections on posts below, there are some viewers unhappy with the move. Many of those sentiments are echoed in what we've seen expressed in our e-mails, with this one from Judy H. being pretty representative of most:
I am disappointed with Katie Couric going to CBS. I think you have a lot of talent right at CBS you could have given the position to with a lot more creditability. I never thought CBS would hire a personality versus someone with a more news persona.We have gotten some comments supportive of the change but it's fair to say the bulk of those weighing in to us so far today have been more negative. It's also worth noting, I think, that we are going to hear more from those displeased with any issue than those who aren't as moved by it. The very nature of PE to help facilitate a discussion between with the news division means we're going to hear more complaints than compliments. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that people are more apt to tell you when they're angry about something than when they're pleased or happy.
Anyway, on to some of the blog buzz.
National Review's Jonah Goldberg sees no problem with Couric coming to CBS, but has a rough take on the value of broadcast news in general:
"One thing few people invested in the glamour and seriousness of big-league television news will say is what a sham the whole enterprise is. Broadcast journalism is one of the only fields in American life where the job gets demonstrably easier the higher you go. Or, to be more fair, the parts of the job that have to do with what everyone thinks of as "journalism" get easier and easier, and in some cases the journalism simply vanishes altogether.Eric Deggans draws some conclusions, including this unique take about the dominance of women in television news:
Consider how the respected television analyst Andrew Tyndall defines the job of news anchor. The job has two parts, he told the Washington Post. First, they have to read the TelePrompTer. The second part involves "sitting behind the desk when there's a crisis."
Already, Couric was the highest-paid woman in the TV news business. She, Barbara Walters and ABC's Diane Sawyer were also, arguably, the most powerful journalists on TV for their salaries and ratings muscle. Now, Couric makes it official by taking a job always symbolically held -- at least in part -- by a man.BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis isn't impressed:
The big question now, how will CBS change its news program to fit her personality? By virtue of her salary and ubiquity, Couric becomes the 800-pound gorrilla of the news division. Will she shed the softer interviews and feature pieces which made her a star on Today? Or will she craft a new vision for a network newscast which combines celebrity, soft news and anchor accessibility in a way we've never seen before?
She's there simply because she's a celebrity, a news star. And what that tells me is that they still think the news is defined by the person who reads it. They think that's what matters more to us than the news itself. They think they can keep this old form of lite news — give us 22 minutes and we won't give you much — and make it liter and it will survive. What they should have done, instead, was blow up the old assumptions. But they didn't. They just spent a lot of money on them.Michael Stickings at The Moderate Voice sees the move as another Sign of the Apocalypse:
Remember: This isn't about the news and the reporting thereof. And it's certainly not about journalism. It's about ratings. It's about the show. It's about money. CBS has lagged in third place for a long time. Couric — who is expected to make even more than the $15-16 million she makes at NBC (there's another SOTA for another time) — may change that.Not so surprisingly, the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group, presents a roundup of what they see as Couric's "years of liberal tilt."
Good for Katie Couric, but still a Sign of the Apocalypse.
Finally, blogger Frank Barnako wonders if Couric will blog:
While CBS has eagerly moved to expand its Web sites, pioneered in Webcasting, podcasting and RSS, it's kind of nowhere in blogging.More:
The "Public Eye" blog is "the story behind the story" at CBSNews.com. It's a valuable peek inside the network. Kind of a "procedural" (as they say in TV-speak these days) for the news division. But there are no big-name talent blogs being produced.
Besides an audience, a great smile, and a lot of ambition, perhaps Katie can bring to CBS some of NBC's blog-savvy. Writing a Web log, she could generate a lot of interest about the CBS Evening News and its correspondents - which is what the 3rd place network news TV show needs.We don't know about a blog of her own, but the door is always open for Katie – or anyone else at CBS News – to weigh in here.