Katie Couric made headlines recently after agreeing to guest host over at Today rival, Good Morning America for the week (Couric hosted Today for 15 years). In a sign of 5-year old-esque maturity, Today went ahead and asked Couric’s former plaything (AKA – Sarah Palin) to guest host Tuesday morning’s broadcast. The event is being billed “From Wasilla to Studio 1A.”
It’s obvious NBC is attempting to play off Couric’s infamous 2008 interview with Sarah Palin where she struggled to name a newspaper she regularly reads. Palin’s inadequacies as a candidate became obvious to even the most politically apathetic and Gotcha Media would forever be the excuse to perhaps one of the most innocuous questions ever asked of a politician.
I’ve recapped the scenario, because it seems NBC has forgotten who came out of the interview looking like a journalist and who crawled out with hardly a shred of dignity in tact. Couric was fair when it would have been so easy for any of today’s partisan talking heads to pounce Palin like a lion devouring a hockey-mom gazelle. Palin was rattled and seemingly unprepared for her first major interview. Whoever was the mayor of Wasilla at the time probably could have stepped in and done a better job than Palin. Yet this is the person Today is grabbing in order to jab GMA and probably even their former star, Couric.
It’s sad. Sad because not only is this a lame attempt at jabbing someone, but it also brings one of the most polarizing figures in national politics to network television. She’ll be sweet and jokey, allowing folks at home to wonder what the big deal was all about, forgetting how catastrophically close she was to being perhaps the most ill prepared leader of our nation’s history. And the fact that she went on to further divide our nation with some of the scummiest partisan politics known to man, the kind 1920′s Chicago politicians bathed their nether regions with.
In response to these shenanigans, I’d like to introduce a new rule. You can’t jab someone, network or otherwise, by bringing on a guest host who was embarrassed by the person you’re trying to jab. It doesn’t make sense. It’d be like Letterman booking Cleveland Browns Quarterback Colt McCoy, because Leno got Eli Manning the day after the Super Bowl. There’s nothing to proud of for Letterman in that hypothetical scenario, and there’s certainly nothing for Today to be laughing at. Their behavior is embarrassing and makes them look petty at best, just like Sarah Palin.
Hey! Maybe that’s the real joke.
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