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MEGHAN MCCAIN: Katie Couric is the poster girl for America’s hypocritical, biased mainstream medi


I will be thirty-seven in a week. When I was young and first coming up in the media industry, I very naively believed that the archaic days of sexism keeping other women down was something of the past – a 70s and 80s throwback to when women were forced to wear pantyhose to work.

Very quickly, as all women in my generation (and after) would learn, I came to realize that sexism in the workforce is alive and well and thriving in the United States of America.

And in my experience, some of the worst offenders are women to other women.

The generations before mine have created, fostered and enabled a long line of toxic behavior towards the generations of women coming up behind them.

Now, this may be an obvious statement to any woman who has been in the workforce since the industrial revolution but it doesn’t make it less shocking when an extremely famous and once-powerful former news anchor such as Katie Couric writes what is – I can only believe at this point from every headline I have read – nothing short of a kamikaze mission to destroy what is left of the carcass of her career.

Infamous mean girl Katie Couric has now admitted to leaving out a ‘damaging’ part of an interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg where the former Supreme Court justice and left-wing icon admits to not liking those who kneel before rather than salute our American flag. Pictured: Katie Couric and RBG in a 2016 interview

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

How can there be any expectation of trust between anyone with an opinion to the right of Ruth Bader Ginsburg if interviewers and their networks believe editing out commentary they believe would hurt a progressive icon is an ethical thing to do? I can assure you, Katie Couric would have afforded no conservative woman any such mercy

Every new revelation to come out gets weirder and grosser than the last. Let’s start with her admission that she felt threatened by Ashleigh Banfield – someone I know and can say has never been anything short of lovely and kind to me and has that reputation in our industry.

Katie Couric admitted to ostensibly derailing her career because she was threatened by, in her words ‘someone younger and cuter around the corner’.

Even if this is something she felt and acted on, writing about it in such a way in her memoir is bizarre. It actually hurts my heart to think of the place Ashleigh Banfield could be at on network television today if it weren’t for Katie Couric.

But that is not the worst of her sins, contemptible as it is.

Now, I have an admission. I don’t like Katie Couric, I haven’t liked Katie Couric since she interviewed Sarah Palin. I know the backstory and lived in real time the process of what has now become one of the more notorious trainwreck interviews in political history.

Did Sarah Palin perform her best? Of course not.

Now, I have an admission. I don't like Katie Couric, I haven't liked Katie Couric since she interviewed Sarah Palin. I know the backstory and lived in real time the process of what has now become one of the more notorious trainwreck interviews in political history. Did Sarah Palin perform her best? Of course not

Now, I have an admission. I don’t like Katie Couric, I haven’t liked Katie Couric since she interviewed Sarah Palin. I know the backstory and lived in real time the process of what has now become one of the more notorious trainwreck interviews in political history. Did Sarah Palin perform her best? Of course not

If we now know for a fact that if Katie Couric edited her interviews to make famous liberals look good, one can only imagine and speculate about what she might possibly have done to make conservatives look bad

If we now know for a fact that if Katie Couric edited her interviews to make famous liberals look good, one can only imagine and speculate about what she might possibly have done to make conservatives look bad

But she was being interviewed by an infamous mean girl who has now admitted to leaving out a ‘damaging’ part of an interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg where the former Supreme Court justice and left-wing icon admits to not liking those who kneel before rather than salute our American flag.

And if we now know for a fact that if Katie Couric edited her interviews to make famous liberals look good, one can only imagine and speculate about what she might possibly have done to make conservatives look bad.

One of my favorite adages is ‘Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t after you’. And this particular admission has hit me like a slap in the face.

The mainstream media is already a biased, hostile and awful space for conservatives. Both for those who appear in it and for those who read and watch it, who are constantly gas-lit into feeling bad about their perfectly decent beliefs.

If you are hesitant about the vaccine, you are a selfish, superstitious redneck who doesn’t care who they kill.

If you don’t want your children taught Critical Race Theory in school, you are a domestic terrorist.

The only thing I can hope for in the future is that the journalists and hosts coming up behind Katie Couric see the damage she has done, both in the workplace to female colleagues and, outside towards women who think differently from her. This revelation is another hit on the already limping industry that is the overwhelmingly liberal US mainstream media

The only thing I can hope for in the future is that the journalists and hosts coming up behind Katie Couric see the damage she has done, both in the workplace to female colleagues and, outside towards women who think differently from her. This revelation is another hit on the already limping industry that is the overwhelmingly liberal US mainstream media

If you vote Republican, you are an enemy of democracy and progress, if not an outright racist.

We all know it, we all feel it and now our paranoia has once again been justified.

We now have one of the most famous journalists in America admitting to rigging her interviews to make Ruth Bader Ginsburg look ‘better’ in the eyes of liberals.

How many other interviews did she rig or manipulate during her long, storied career? And why did her network allow it to air in such a fashion?

Going There will be available on October 26

Going There will be available on October 26

She wasn’t a one-woman band, there must have been a lot of people who enabled Katie Couric’s behavior and unethical journalistic practices. Where is the justice and consequences for them?

There has been almost constant talk and speculation about the breakdown of trust between Americans and our media. Katie Couric is one of the smoking guns.

How can there be any expectation of trust between anyone with an opinion to the right of Ruth Bader Ginsburg if interviewers and their networks believe editing out commentary they believe would hurt a progressive icon is an ethical thing to do?

I can assure you, Katie Couric would have afforded no conservative woman any such mercy.

The only thing I can hope for in the future is that the journalists and hosts coming up behind Katie Couric see the damage she has done, both in the workplace to female colleagues and, outside towards women who think differently from her.

This revelation is another hit on the already limping industry that is the overwhelmingly liberal US mainstream media.

It likes to think it is morally superior but is in reality as mean, selfish and distorting as it accuses what little right-wing media there is in this country of being.

Katie Couric should be its patron saint.



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