Meet the Real Katie Couric

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

Fawning Over Jimmy the Great

TextBox7"President Carter, you are now considered one of the world’s foremost statesmen. You’ve been called the best ex-President this country has ever had. Your reputation has been bolstered tremendously since you left office. How does that make you feel?"
— To Jimmy Carter on Today, November 13, 1991.

"I mean, it’s so wonderful...and so well-deserved."
— Reacting to news that former President Carter had been given the Nobel Peace Prize, October 11, 2002 Today.

"President Carter’s crowning achievement, of course, the Camp David Accords, designed to forge peace in the Middle East. Unfortunately, that seems like a distant memory, but it’s so nice to see former President Jimmy Carter honored this way [with a Nobel Peace Prize]....It’s a terrific honor for him for all the work he did while he was President and, of course, he is considered by many as one of the finest former Presidents this country has ever seen. Once again, we send our heartfelt congratulations to President Jimmy Carter."
— December 10, 2002 Today.

"I know it really bugs you when people say what a great ex-President you have been....You once said of your years post-White House, ‘I feel truer to myself. I’m more a missionary than a politician. I’m really where I belong. I don’t have anything to fear now.’...Is there anything you don’t do?"
— To Jimmy Carter on Today, October 1, 2004.

2002-12-17-NBCTDAYTouting the Wonders of Jumping Jim Jeffords

 "Jim Jeffords is the personification of one man, one vote, and his story a classic of American politics. What Jim Jeffords did simply was turn Washington on its ear. In the months following President Bush’s inauguration in January, the 67-year-old Jeffords found himself increasingly at odds with the GOP on Capitol Hill and the White House over issues ranging from education, to the environment, to the size of the tax cut, all of which forced him to examine his core beliefs....Jeffords knew and agonized that a political switch at this time in his career would affect not only him, but Republican colleagues, and his staff and family....But flying to Vermont in May, Jeffords knew he’d made the right decision....Today, Jeffords is a man at peace with himself, enjoying work on his Vermont farm, splitting logs, saving a few pennies with some inventive repair work on a wheelbarrow."
— Introducing a December 15, 2001 Today show interview with Jeffords.
(With WMV video clip/MP3 audio)

TextBox8"Charismatic" Castro’s Cuba vs...

 "Considered one of the most charismatic leaders of the 20th century....[Fidel] Castro traveled the country cultivating his image, and his revolution delivered. Campaigns stamped out illiteracy and even today, Cuba has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world."
— Reporting on Cuba’s communist dictator on Today, February 13, 1992.



The "Banana Republic" of Miami

"Some suggested over the weekend that it’s wrong to expect Elian Gonzalez to live in a place that tolerates no dissent or freedom of political expression. They were talking about Miami. All eyes on south Florida and its image this morning. Another writer this weekend called it ‘an out of control banana republic within America.’ What effect is the Elian Gonzalez story having on perception of Miami? We will talk with a well-known columnist for the Miami Herald."

— Opening the April 3, 2000 Today. (With WMV video clip/MP3 audio)

Saddam Hussein: Mass-Murdering Dictator or a "Referee" Who Saved Lives

 "Senator McCain, are you concerned that if the transfer of power does take place on June 30th that a huge vacuum will be created and it will be an invitation to civil war? Because no matter how deplorable Saddam Hussein was considered, he was the ultimate referee who kept the Sunnis and the Shiites apart from killing each other."
— To Senator John McCain on Today, April 5, 2004.

Softballs for Kofi Annan, Hardballs for His Critics

 "Is your call for the Secretary’s, Secretary General’s resignation politically motivated in any way, and is this payback for the fact that Kofi Annan criticized the war in Iraq before the election?"

— To Republican Senator Norm Coleman, who was investigating the UN’s Oil for Food scandal, on the December 2, 2004 Today.

2005-06-07-NBCTDAYCouric"Does John Bolton have your support?...Do you wish it were someone else who had been nominated?...What do you hope your legacy will be?...You literally have the weight of the world on your shoulders." 

— To UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in an interview shown on NBC’s Today, June 7, 2005. (With WMV video clip/MP3 audio)

"Are you angry that the United States has not been more supportive of the UN?"
— Couric to Annan in an excerpt from the same interview shown on the June 6, 2005 NBC Nightly News.

President Bush "Could Have Prevented" 9/11 Plot?

"Good morning. What did he know and when did he know it? The Bush administration admits the President was warned in an intelligence briefing last summer of the possibility that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network might hijack American planes, raising more questions about whether the attacks on America could have been prevented."
— Couric introducing the May 16, 2002 Today.