Meet the Real Katie Couric

CBS’s New Star Adores Liberals, Scolds Conservatives — And Thinks America Should Be More Like France

GOP Win=Voters' Temper Tantrum

TextBox6"What do you think is behind the so-called surliness of the voters?...Why do you think they’re so angry?"
— Questions to Republican Senator-elect Olympia Snowe after the GOP won control of both the House and Senate, November 9, 1994 Today.

Applauding a Tax-Raiser’s "Courage"

 "Just last night on television I saw your opponent for Governor complaining about your record, saying how you had raised taxes, how it had cost 300,000 jobs. Are you afraid your politically courageous moves are in fact going to cost you the election?"
— To New Jersey’s Democratic Governor Jim Florio, May 24, 1993 Today.

Despairing Tax Cuts That Leave Government With "Almost No Money"

 "The bitter reality is that [with the Bush tax cuts] there’s now almost no money for either party’s priorities, and that complicates everything. So aren’t all these discussions almost moot points?"
— To Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, September 5, 2001 Today. At the time, the U.S. government was taking in more than $2 trillion annually.

"The economy was thriving when you were Treasury Secretary and during the, the Clinton administration. It was even called ‘Rubin-nomics’ for awhile there, right?...Since then the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 — which you have been an outspoken critic of, P.S. — have taken effect. We’ve gone from what was a projected 10-year surplus of over $5 trillion to a projected 10-year deficit of over $5 trillion."— To Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton administration, November 19, 2003 Today. 

Right Wing Conservatives Desire Dirty Air

 "A lot of people, though, have been highly critical of the Bush administration on the environment. They say that you came to the EPA with incredibly strong environmentalist credentials. And yet, you know, every proposal that you’ve tried to put forward has gotten a kibosh by right-wing conservatives within the administration....The bottom line is do you, Christie Whitman, feel comfortable with the Bush administration’s environmental policies?"
— To EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman on the December 2, 2002 Today.

Eeek! Katie Can’t Stand Those Scary, Dirty SUVs

 Katie Couric: "I see a lot of SUVs on the road, and I don’t drive one — they scare me a little bit because I feel like they could squash me like a bug in the event of an accident....Before we go, what about the environmental impact of these cars? They’re huge gas guzzlers, they’re not particularly good for the environment. How come you’re not emphasizing that as well?"
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal: "Well we will. Stay tuned."
Today, February 1, 2005, after Blumenthal outlined how he would use money from a settlement with Ford to pay for an advertising campaign encouraging safe SUV driving.

2005-08-15-TodayLet’s Take Up a Collection

 Co-host Matt Lauer: "Pain at the pump. Gas prices are going sky high. I paid $2.94 a gallon over the weekend to fill up the car."
Katie Couric:
"It’s ridiculous. I had to take out a loan to fill up my minivan. It’s crazy."
— Exchange at the top of NBC’s Today, August 15, 2005. Couric makes about $15,000,000 a year.
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