Goodbye, Dan. Hello, Katie?

  1. Goodbye, Dan. Hello, Katie?
    By SEAN GREGORY


    Four CBS news staff members lost their jobs last week in the wake of an independent-panel report that found serious flaws in the journalism that led to a 60 Minutes Wednesday story about President Bush's National Guard service. One person who keeps his job is Dan Rather--at least until his previously announced retirement as Evening News anchor takes place in March (he'll continue to report for 60 Minutes). The denouement of CBS's journalistic failure has cast a new light on the search for Rather's successor, making it more likely, in the view of some, that the network will seek an outsider for the job. The latest handicapping:

    ???Katie Couric A network source tells TIME the Today show co-anchor has been approached about the job. If she could be persuaded to jump, CBS would have to wait 16 months--when her NBC contract is up. But the network could name an old hand like Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer or Early Show host Harry Smith as a caretaker until then.

    ???Ted Koppel The Nightline king's contract ends later this year, and CBS is rumored to be interested in him. But would the ABC vet want the job? At least he wouldn't have to worry about competing with Letterman.

    ???John Roberts CBS's chief White House correspondent was the early favorite and is still in the mix. But CBS insiders say the longer the search drags on, the less likely he will get the job.

    ???Scott Pelley The 60 Minutes Wednesday correspondent is an ace reporter, but he may have hurt himself with comments to the New YorkObserver that seemed to disparage Roberts.

    ???Mika Brzezinski The CBS correspondent (and daughter of President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski) is a dark-horse candidate, possibly as part of an anchor team.

    ???Anderson Cooper The rising CNN star (who also works for 60 Minutes Wednesday) could be in the running, especially if the rumored CNN-CBS merger moves ahead. --By Sean Gregory
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...018066,00.html
    Why does this NOT surprise me?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I don't care WHO gets the coveted spot. I never watch the evening news on the alphabet stations OR Fox anyhow. Merger? We shall see, I suppose....
  4. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Actually, I hope that Katie stays with the Today Show. Although she may be more than capable, I really like watching her every morning.

    Kris
  5. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from mccnrs2b
    Actually, I hope that Katie stays with the Today Show. Although she may be more than capable, I really like watching her every morning.

    Kris
    My personal problem with Couric is that she is hardly the appropriate person to take over in a network having recently been accused of bias. This is a person who scowled daily for two weeks after the election and wore black outfits while she suffered in mourning!
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    I like John Roberts. He is very good. It's too bad there are no additional women or people of color seriously in the running.
    Last edit by SharonH, RN on Jan 17, '05
  7. by   mercyteapot
    I don't like Katie Couric. Anyone but her. OTOH, it doesn't much matter, since I prefer to get my news from CNN.
  8. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I don't like Katie Couric. Anyone but her. OTOH, it doesn't much matter, since I prefer to get my news from CNN.
    I love your signature line!
  9. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    I love your signature line!
    Thank you. That game the other day was quite the blowout... unlike my Steelers who barely squeaked by the Jets!
  10. by   SarasotaRN2b
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Can't say that I noticed that. I'm sure that there were a lot of people that weren't happy about the election, but I can't remember any scowling by Katie. So what that she wore black for mourning...her husband died for heaven's sake! Besides, that was quite a few years ago.
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]Kris
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    Quote from BeachNurse
    My personal problem with Couric is that she is hardly the appropriate person to take over in a network having recently been accused of bias. This is a person who scowled daily for two weeks after the election and wore black outfits while she suffered in mourning!
  11. by   mattsmom81
    I am not a Couric fan either. Ick.
  12. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from mccnrs2b
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Can't say that I noticed that. I'm sure that there were a lot of people that weren't happy about the election, but I can't remember any scowling by Katie. So what that she wore black for mourning...her husband died for heaven's sake! Besides, that was quite a few years ago.
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]Kris
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    I think that the mourning referred to was Bush's re-election, not her husband's death!!!

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