Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Geez, you'd think Geraldo Rivera was retiring or something.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans can scarcely remember a weekday where Katie Couric wasn't a part of their morning routine.
Maybe the "Today" show was on in the background when they gathered their homework for school. Later, she was there when they gulped a quick cup of coffee before work. In a few years, they'd watch TV while feeding the baby and Couric was still there -- a few hairstyles later.
That comes to an end on Wednesday, Couric's last day as "Today" co-host. She'll be feted in a three-hour special edition stuffed with film clips and performances by Tony Bennett, Martina McBride and the cast of the Broadway show "Jersey Boys."
How will she be able to hold it all together?
"I haven't really thought about it and worried about it," Couric told The Associated Press. "I'll do what I've always done for 15 years and be myself. I'll react the way I react."
Katie Couric is the Vanna White of network journalists. She's cute. She's perky. Not much else. But being cute and perky can go a long way in a medium that cares more about ratings and what you look like than the actual level of talent you bring to the table. What made Peter Jennings great was his class, integrity and knowledge of the news he was reporting. Katie Couric is far from great. She's a con artist who happened to be graced with a devilish smile that got her paid for life.
Now she should count her blessings, spend her millions wisely and just go away already.