- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 17, 2006

Katie’s news

“[W]hen [Katie] Couric’s long-awaited broadcast debuted … it proved to be no great departure. … CBS’s CEO, Leslie Moonves, had evidently abandoned his stated intention to lay the evening news’ ‘voice of God’ format to rest. What if, instead, that ‘voice of God’ issued from the girl next door, the one with the great legs and the appealingly crooked grin?

“As it turns out, that voice might not have all that much to say. In its first week, ‘The CBS Evening News With Katie Couric’ made so much room for soft news … that her broadcast usually had time for four correspondents’ reports instead of the standard six or seven. All these mild innovations, then, made the world seem about 50 percent smaller. On Friday, three of the broadcast’s segments were set in either New York or Pennsylvania. …

“Anchors … are not chosen for their investigative skills or their familiarity with the tax code. They are chosen for their uncommon ability to summon trust, to shepherd us from the end of the day to the beginning of the night, and to watch over us during national traumas.”

—Tad Friend, writing on “Her Debut,” in the Sept. 18 issue of the New Yorker

‘Crime as a crime’

“It was unsurprising, yet momentous, that the peoples of the Middle East seemed least able to understand the meaning of the 9/11 attacks. It was unsurprising because many Arabs funneled their reading of the mass killings into parochial narratives — that they were a response to Palestinian suffering, to the unpopular sanctions regime in Iraq, or to the arrogance of American power. …

“This failure to react to a crime as a crime rather than as an extension of one’s own anger or atavism would later be echoed in Arab apathy regarding the mass graves found in Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s downfall; in the shocking aptitude of predominantly Sunni Muslim Arab publics to look the other way when faced with the relentless murder of Iraqi Shi’ites by foreign Islamists; and during the Lebanese conflict in Arab ardor for Hezbollah, with no concern shown for how the group’s pointless provocation of Israel had led to the deaths of around 1,000 civilians, traumatized a society, and reversed years of development in Lebanon.”

—Michael Young, opinion editor of the Daily Star in Beirut, writing on “The Day Nothing Changed,” Sept. 11 in Reason Online at www.reason.com

Femme FM?

“Three of America’s most controversial women — Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Rosie O’Donnell — just launched an all-women-run radio network, promising to offer programming that’s less polarizing than the typical all-talk AM radio fare.

“A women-centered radio network isn’t a bad idea. …

“Laura Ingraham, an accomplished lawyer who clerked for Justice [Clarence] Thomas, has become a conservative media powerhouse. Her national syndicated show appears on 340 stations across the country. …

“Laura Schlessinger’s bitingly honest advice show … commands an equally large audience. Tammy Bruce — a woman who defies a conventional label as a gay, pro-choice, gun-owning, Bush supporter and self-described feminist — has an increasingly influential nationally syndicated show. …

“Yet none of these shows represents the views of Gloria Steinem, Rosie O’Donnell and Jane Fonda. None of them are hosted by liberals.”

—Carrie Lukas, writing on “Ms. Radio,” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com



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