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Herman Munster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:02 PM
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Ex-CBS Producer: Katie Looks Like She's Been Drugged, Kidnapped, Making Hostage Tape
http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/tv/excbs_producer...

Courtesy of award-winning ex-60 Minutes producer (and star of the Rathergate scandal) Mary Mapes on this morning's Morning Joe on MSNBC:

"The other thing, I would say about CBS, and this is having worked there for a long time, one of the fascinating things is, and I know Mika knows this, too, you can be almost 50 years old and at CBS and working with people twice your age and it can give you a false sense of job security. That is a tough place to work and the people who have survived it, have really been savvy and I really think it makes for a difficult atmosphere. I've always really liked Katie's work. I think she does a good job and she's a good journalist, but I think, by trying to put her into a completely different format, she's gone from being sort of an exuberant presence to someone who looks like they've been kidnapped and drugged and are making a hostage tape. So, that's not comfortable to watch. It has nothing to do with her being a male or female, it's just not comfortable to watch."
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youngdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:06 PM
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1. She took herself hostage....They paid her a King's ransom, that's for sure
She's a stupid dingbat, who was a morning show airhead for consumption by people who don't have to go to work.

WHY IN THE WORLD they thought this cheerleader type had the gravitas to anchor the Evening News is sort of a mystery, until you realize they WANTED to dumb down the news, and turn it into the Today Show, abandoning hard news completely.

Mission Accomplished.

If they keep this up, CBS will have to abandon NEWS entirely.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:13 PM
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3. "Stupid dingbat?" That sounds intelligent.
I'm no fan of hers, but that's rough.
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:35 PM
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8. As opposed to an intelligent dingbat
?
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partylessinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:09 PM
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2. Katie is just not likeable. She wasn't on Today and she isn't on CBS.
I was a Today viewer back to the days of Dave Garroway. I stopped watching because of Katie. The host can destroy a show for the viewer. Katie has done that twice for me.


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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:57 PM
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6. ITA. She is a huge fake, in my eyes, forcing herself to appear affable.
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:15 PM
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4. ...you can be almost 50 years old and at CBS and working with people twice your age...
There are centenarians working at CBS News?

Daniel Schorr is at NPR, and Uncle Walter is retired, but they are nonagenarians, no?

WTF?
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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:53 PM
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5. They all look that way to me. n/t
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:33 PM
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7. I wonder when/if the head honchos at CBS
will admit their mistake and replace her.
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JacquesMolay Donating Member (413 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:37 PM
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9. 'News Lite' might have worked during the Clinton era...
... when there weren't so many problems (caused by a gop dumbass). She tried to come in and get away from hard news at a time when that approach isn't appropriate.
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:50 PM
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10. I know a guy who could do a great job as CBS News anchor...
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:57 PM
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11. My new favorite pic of katie..
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