Meet the Real Katie Couric

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

Envying Europe's Nanny States

"Ninety percent of France’s three- to five-year-olds attend government subsidized centers like this one....The system works because the French make it work. Child care is a national priority and is neither debated nor questioned....Sounds like Americans could learn a lot from the way the French do things in terms of day care."
Today, May 5, 1995.

2001-08-01-NBCTDAYKeith Miller: "Break out the band, bring on the drinks. The French are calling it a miracle. A government-mandated 35-hour work week is changing the French way of life. Two years ago, in an effort to create more jobs, the government imposed a shorter work week on large companies, forcing them to hire more workers....These American women, all working in France, have time for lunch and a life."

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox: "More Americans should be more aware that an economy as successful as the French one managed to be successful without giving up everything else in life."

Katie Couric, following the end of Miller’s taped piece: "So great that young mother being able to come home at three every day and spend that time with her child. Isn’t that nice? The French, they’ve got it right, don’t they?"
— NBC’s Today, August 1, 2001. (With WMV video clip/MP3 audio)

"You know the U.S. is the only industrialized nation, I didn’t know this until today, that doesn’t spend federal money promoting tourism. Do you think it should?"
— Question to Maryland Governor Parris Glendening on the October 1, 2001 Today. Glendening, a liberal Democrat, said no.

Katie Couric: "So many Americans feel overworked, and I have a statistic — 30 percent do not take their full vacation. I mean, is there something wrong with this picture? Are we too obsessed with work, because the Europeans sure have a very different attitude don’t they?"
Former GE Chairman Jack Welch: "And their economy is some trouble."
Today, April 4, 2005.

Katie Couric: "This country is pretty far behind in providing really superior child care for working parents, right?"
Diane Debrovner, Parents magazine: "For a country that says that we believe in family values, there’s a lot that we can do....Every mother in Europe is guaranteed 14 weeks paid maternity leave. Women in this country get 12 weeks of unpaid leave only if they work for a company that has more than 50 employees."
— NBC’s Today, October 4, 2005.

Bill Clinton Deserved Even More Fawning Coverage

"Why do you think that he doesn’t get credit for the good news that’s going on? And if Reagan was the ‘Teflon President,’ it seems like Bill Clinton is the ‘Velcro President’ — every bad piece of news just sticks to him."
— Questioning new Democratic National Committee adviser Tony Coelho on NBC’s Today, August 18, 1994.