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Katie Couric gets Prestigious DuPont Award for her Coverage of Palin in 2008



CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric garnered a prestigious DuPont award for her coverage of GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin during the 2008 election cycle.  Katie did the nation a huge favor by exposing Palin as worefully inadequate to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

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Couric recieved an award for what ceremony host Gwen Ifill described as “apt and determined questioning of Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin [that] prompted the most revealing remarks and had the greatest impact on the presidential campaign. And on late night comedy.”

In her acceptance speech, Couric admitted watching the interviews, even “for the 78th time,” makes her “kind of uncomfortable.” She described them as “certainly the most talked about interviews that I have ever done” and said, “cab drivers in New York and fellow travelers at the airport still comment on these interviews — some say thank you, some don’t — even though it’s been well over a year since they aired.”

Couric said her “only agenda” was to “find out where Governor Palin stood on a variety of critically important issues and help her communicate those positions to the American people.” She also said, “I feel I did the job that I was supposed to do.

To a room that included a number of journalism students and faculty, Couric said, “I think this series of interviews proves that followup questions are absolutely critical in an era where, all too often, non-answer answers are given and too-readily accepted.”

In her thank-yous, she singled out Brian Goldsmith, the associate producer who helped her research and craft questions for hours. “Who knew that an off-the-cuff one about magazines and newspapers would get so much attention,” she said.


  1. Jo Jo January 27, 2010

    So what, she gets an award for being a snarky interrogater? Maybe she should question the underwear bomber and KSM. All the media and Hollywood awards don’t acknowledge any real socially redeeming activity, only meant to self perpetuate arrogant elitist behavior.

  2. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski January 27, 2010

    Snarky questions like “what do you read?” Stay classy Jo. It’s not like Putin rears his head in Alaska or something like that.

  3. Jo Jo January 28, 2010

    Condescending questioning comparable to a prosecuting attorney when it came to Sarah Palin. Couric posed in in such a demeaning manner, anyone would be taken back by the question. Gushing questioning when it came to Obama. Give me a break, people see what the MSM is doing that is why no one watches them or reads their newspapers. Why do you think people are protesting in Venezuela and Iran, they want the truth and freedom of truth in speech. Obama’s idol Chavez just closed down the only truthful newstation, do we need that same hope and changey?

  4. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski January 28, 2010

    Jo – it was a simple question that any journalism graduate- as Palin is- should be able to answer. When Charles Gibson of ABC News asked her about The Bush Doctrine, it was clear she had no idea what it was about. Even today, Palin rails against stimulus spending that she promoted as a candidate.

    Truth has a liberal bias Jo. Keep watching Fox.

  5. Jo Jo January 28, 2010

    Dan- tell me what the Obama doctrine is. Thanks.

  6. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski January 28, 2010

    It’s a derogatory term coined by the Right Wing media but what it is based on traditional foreign policy under president’s of both parties that while the United States cannot impose democracy everywhere, we need to stand up for democracy, the plight of political prisoners and human rights activists anywhere. Nations with a high degree of political power can be tempted to exceed the bounds of that power, and the Obama Doctrine is a policy where we are not afraid to use our might – militarily and diplomatically, but we work with allies to employ our power within practical limits.

    What do you think it is?

  7. Jo Jo January 28, 2010

    Dan- hmmmm, standing up for democracy, so when Manuel Zelaya was ousted by the supreme court of Honduras for attempts to exceed term limits of his presidency as directed by their constitution and supported by the Honduran people in order to avoid a dictatorship that Obama and Hilary should of supported that? Or do you mean when students in Iran and Venezuela took to the streets in protest against oppressive regimes that Obama and Hilary should of supported them in their fight for freedom? Or do you feel the silence of Obama when Hugo Chavez closed down a TV and radio station that opposed him was an ok thing? Or maybe they had it coming as political pundits? Or do you mean supporting the democratic rights of the farmers in the San Joaquin Valley who had their livelihood ripped out form underneath them when pompous politicians shut of the water to the valley in choosing smelt over people to defend? Is that the kind of democracy that we should stand up for?

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