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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Katie Couric Quotes

Media Research Center has a list. On one occasion she fails to connect the dots between inconsistent testimony and dishonesty:

"You know you, you angered a lot of feminists when you accused Anita Hill. In fact, you detailed how she changed her testimony during questioning, during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. And you accused of her publicly, quote, 'Flat out perjury.' Any regrets?"
— To Sen. Arlen Specter, March 6, 2000. Couric did not ask if he regretted not voting guilty during Bill Clinton's Senate trial.

On another occasion her dysliexia shows, unable to see the word "apparent" when it appears in a Reagan biography:

"Good morning. The Gipper was an airhead! That's one of the conclusions of a new biography of Ronald Reagan that's drawing a tremendous amount of interest and fire today, Monday, September the 27th, 1999."
— Opening the show, September 27, 1999, before an interview with Reagan biographer Edmund Morris, who actually wrote that President Reagan was "an apparent airhead." He told Couric, "He was a very bright man."

She should write push polls:

Katie Couric: "Getting back to kids and guns, if you will indulge me for a moment. You cannot think of any other position the NRA could take in terms of trying to decrease the number of school shootings? You feel like this is not your bailiwick, this is not your problem?"
Charlton Heston: "Not at all. As I told you the NRA spends more money, more time..."
Couric, cutting him off: "Other than education."
Heston: "Well what would you suppose? What would you suggest?"
Couric: "I don't know, perhaps greater restrictions."
— Exchange on June 8, 1998.

Historical revisionism time:

"When you talk about leaving a deposit, many people say that the Reagan-Bush administration, people on the other side of the political spectrum, did leave a negative deposit, or really, the opposite of a deposit. The federal budget quadrupled under that administration. They might say that greed and materialism was the norm then, and that social ills were largely ignored, and therefore only worsened as a result of that neglect."
— To William F. Buckley Jr., September 20, 1993.

The federal budget quadrupled? According to this report (PDF file, scroll to page 21), total Federal outlays were $590.541 billion in 1980 and $1.064 trllion in 1988 - an increase of 80%, not 400%.

Update: A quadrupling = a 300% increase -- budget + (3 x budget). My bad.

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