Couric Cat Fight

This, from NewsMax

Beleaguered Katie Couric’s fellow CBS newscaster Bob Schieffer was likely the main source of a recent article that called Couric’s hiring as evening anchor an “unfixable mistake.”

That’s the view of Fox News’ Roger Friedman, commenting on an article by Gail Shister in the April 22 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Friedman wrote on his blog: “One of Couric’s frequently mentioned enemies is Bob Schieffer, the lovable, durable veteran journalist who filled in as anchor of the ‘CBS Evening News’ between Dan Rather’s departure and Couric’s arrival.

“But sources say Schieffer has been unhappy lately, mainly because his airtime, which was prominent when Couric first started, has dwindled in recent weeks.

“It’s been suggested that a hit piece on Couric written by Gail Shister . . . was inspired by Schieffer as its main source. He has a direct line to her.”

In her article, Shister savaged Couric, writing: “CBS executives deny it, but there’s a growing feeling within the network that Katie Couric is an expensive, unfixable mistake. So unfixable that Couric . . . may leave ‘CBS Evening News,’ probably after the 2008 presidential elections, to assume another role at the network, CBS sources say.”

At CBS, “already-low morale is dropping,” Shister notes, citing as her source a “veteran correspondent” at the network.

Shister quotes the correspondent: “It’s a disaster. Everybody knows it’s not working. CBS may not cut her loose, but I guarantee you, somebody’s thinking about it. We’re all hunkered down, waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Couric’s viewership has dropped nearly 30 percent since her Sept. 5 premiere week, and CBS remains at No. 3 among nightly network newscasts.


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