WASHINGTON, DC — Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in Media, released the following statement on NBC Today Show co-host Katie Couric’s decision to join CBS News as anchor of the CBS Evening News:
“The decision suggests there will be less emphasis on hard news on the network that employed Edward R. Murrow, considered a hero to the old CBS News crowd. On the Today Show, Couric had to deal with some hard news, but a lot of celebrities and fluff. She has been hired by CBS, apparently, because she is a liberal who projects a pleasant, warm and friendly appearance. That may be enough to raise the ratings. CBS Evening News has been mired in third place among network news shows, with 8.1 million viewers. ABC World News Tonight is second, with 8.7 million, and NBC Nightly News is number one, with 9.7 million. It’s like shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. They’re competing for a dwindling audience. It’s because of AIM — and those who have followed in our wake — that the network news shows are in such trouble. They still don’t understand that it is liberal bias that is driving away viewers. Putting a pretty face and a sweet voice on liberal bias won’t fool viewers for long.”
Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.
To schedule an interview with AIM Editor Cliff Kincaid, contact Carisa Bergen at (202) 364-4401 ext. 110.