Friday, April 14, 2006

KATIE COURIC: ‘Affable Eva Braun of morning TV’

Herewith ends our week with Katie "Perky" Couric, upstart pretender to the vacant CBS throne of Dan the Rather.

Roscoe has puzzled a bit over Ann Coulter's choice of Eva Braun for an epithet to hang on Katie Couric. It's probably nothing more than a metaphor for putting on the pretty face and serving as an oh-so-willing accomplice to evil. Still, when challenged by Couric herself in a remarkable interview, Coulter attributed her inspiration to the James Byrd incident. That's the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd, a black man, by three whites, which Couric tried to hang on Christian conservatives, as is so often her wont in such things.

Here's a sample, from a 1999 interview with former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, a notorious George W. Bushaphobic:

Couric: Let's talk a little bit more about the right wing, because I know that's something you feel very strongly about. But this is actually not necessarily about the right wing, but perhaps a climate that some say has been established by religious zealots or Christian conservatives. There have been two recent incidents in the news, I think, that upset most people in this country, that is the dragging death of James Byrd Junior and the beating death of Matthew Shepard. I just would like you to reflect on whether you feel people in this country are increasingly intolerant, mean-spirited, et cetera, and what, if anything, can be done about that because a lot of people get very discouraged when they hear and see this kind of brutality taking place.

Richards: Obla-dee, obla-dah.

As for the far more memorable Couric-Coulter catfight, you can relive that here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: This next week we'll take a break from the mediocracy-reptile-a-week drill to do something, um, somewhat unorthodox. (Probably no big shock to followers of the Roscoe.) But this is different. Really. There's no way to say this without sounding downright tabloidish, so we'll just say it: We’re going to make the case for who we think is the ANTICHRIST. Really.

You might want to keep that channel set right where it is, compadre.

Further affiant sayeth naught.


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