Meet the Real Katie Couric

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

Let Big Government Fix Our Woes

TextBox9"It is clear that day care in this country is inaccessible to many, cost prohibitive for others, substandard in many situations. What can the government actually do to alleviate some of these problems?"
"Regulations for at-home day care vary so much from state to you think there should be some kind of overall federal regulations?"
— To Hillary Clinton, October 23, 1997 Today.

"Seventy-four percent of the respondents in a recent poll think young Americans without education or job prospects is the greatest threat facing the country. If that’s the case, if that many people think this is such a serious problem, shouldn’t government be increasing its role rather than decreasing it? Many people think that your signing the welfare bill only exacerbated the situation of poor kids at risk."
— To President Clinton, April 28, 1997 Today.

"It sounds like a no-brainer. Seniors spend billions of dollars on prescription drugs every year, often putting them in terrible financial situations. So what’s wrong with this plan?"
"While I appreciate your concern about medical research, certainly I feel passionately about that as well, it’s important for people who are sick now and who are experiencing problems to be able to get affordable drugs, isn’t it?"
— Asking pharmaceutical industry spokesman Alan Holmer about President Clinton’s plan to create a new Medicare prescription drug entitlement, June 29, 1999 Today.

Let’s Ban Killer Carts

 "The safety of car seats, cribs, and toys are the concerns of all you conscientious parents. Well, now you can add shopping carts to your list. According to a recent study, shopping cart related injuries account for 25,000 trips to the emergency room every year. At least two deaths have occurred in related incidents. In the last three years, 2,000 children were hospitalized from shopping cart injuries such as skull fractures, concussions, cuts, and bruises."
Today, March 20, 1996.

Environmentalist Crusader Al Gore: "Hardcore Centrist"

 "In his endorsement Tuesday Al Gore said, ‘We need to remake the Democratic party.’ You’re considered, Governor Dean, more, more left-leaning and Al Gore is considered sort of a hardcore centrist, if you will. The two of you, specifically, what do you think needs to be done to remake the Democratic party?"
— To Howard Dean on the December 10, 2003 Today.

Touting Gore’s "Very Real Threat"

 "Still to come this morning on Today, former President, Vice President rather — he thought he might be President — Al Gore on the very real threat of global warning, warming and his political future."
— Katie Couric on Today, May 24, 2006, previewing her upcoming interview with Gore about his global warming movie, An Inconvenient Truth.

Katie Couric: "In this movie at different turns you’re funny, vulnerable, disarming, self-effacing and someone said after watching it, quote, ‘If only he was like this before, maybe things would’ve turned out differently in 2000.’"
Al Gore: "Well, I benefit from low expectations...."
Couric: "What do you see happening in say 15 to 20 years or even 50 years if nothing changes?"
Gore: "...Sea-level increases of 20 feet or more worldwide. Of course Florida and Louisiana and Texas are particularly vulnerable. The San Francisco Bay area, Manila. And we have seen the impact of a couple hundred thousand refugees from an environmental crisis. [Footage of Hurricane Katrina] Imagine 100 million or 200 million."
Couric: "Even Manhattan would be in deep water, right?"
Gore: "Yes, in fact the World Trade Center Memorial site would be underwater....Unfortunately Mother Nature is weighing in very powerfully and very loudly."
— NBC’s Today, May 24, 2006.

But Scolded the Gores’ Campaign for Media Responsibility

 "It seems to be the latest rage to blame the media for almost all of society’s ills. Do you think the media is shouldering a disproportionate amount of the blame for the destruction of values in today’s society, when there’s also the demise of social programs and the dissolution of the nuclear family and other possible explanations?"
— Interviewing Al and Tipper Gore, July 10, 1995 Today.