With all the hype of Katie Couric taking over the anchor chair of the CBS Evening News, I felt compelled to give it a look last night. It was a pretty good debut.
I really enjoyed reporter Lara Logan’s inside look at the Taliban and Thomas Friedman’s story of a Wisconsin man coordinating portrait-paintings of orphans was heart warming.
I think I’m going to like their new feature called “Free Speech” where ordinary people and, of course, celebrities sound off and state what’s on their minds. My understanding is Bill Maher – my outspoken hero – will be doing one soon.
How was Katie? She was…well…Katie. It’s not that I dislike her, I mean she’s cute and perky. All right, there’s a reason right there to not like her, but she did a good job last night (but she’s no Bob Schieffer).
Will I tune in again? Probably not. I have nothing against Katie and the other networks who broadcast the evening news at six-thirty. I just don’t have time to watch their shows. Apparently, I’m not alone.
Ratings for these broadcasts are nothing like they were as recently as ten years ago. People are getting their news from other sources – like the web and at their own convenience.
That’s sort of my approach too. In the morning, on my computer, I’ll visit The New York Times web site and to find out what’s going on locally, I’ll go visit The Cincinnati Enquirer. After that I’ll usually go to CBS News.com and I probably still will. After all, Katie got the truly big story last night – pictures of Suri Cruise – you know, Tom and Katie’s (Katie as in Holmes – not Couric’s) baby!
Do I care about this? Not at all.
Pictures of this kid I don’t really consider news. Maybe that’s another reason why I tune out the evening news and do things my way.