The Death Of Miss Perky
I hadn't had occasion to watch Katie Couric in her new gig as anchor-successor at venerable CBS News since her debut, which occured in September 2006.
Frankly, I have always disliked Katie Couric, thinking her as false as a three-dollar bill from everywhere but Publix -- that perky bonhomie which was her trademark for years at The Today Show always rang false, even if I didn't know she was a monumental beeatch to work for, according to persistent reports.
I believe it was Bryant Gumbel who fired the first, but by no means last snarky volley across her bow, saying that he may be many things, but that he never treats his underlings like trash, as does Ms. Couric.
She goes through more personal assistants than Barbara Walters has speech therapists. Ouch.
But no matter my low opinion of her ingratiating personality, even I wasn't prepared at the transformation from cheerleader-cum-band majorette of long-standing at NBC, to the dour, Joker slash-mouthed harpie you see above.
I shot that picture of her on telly at the beginning of her newscast, just this Friday, and man was she frightening.
Maybe she thinks that if she stares daggers at her audience, she will transmit the necessary gravitas needed to pass her off as a worthy successor to the likes of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and latterly, Dan Rather.
Well, honey, it ain't workin'.
You don't to be a golden-haired Miss America like poor, bipolar Jane Pauley, or a too-chic-for-you New York sophisticate like ex-Nixon staffer, Diane Sawyer.
But neither do you have to chuck off the very thing which propelled you to fame, your unquenchable high spirits complete with giggles, just because you got the main High Chair on the evening news now, since people will begin to think it was all an act.
Unless of course, it WAS all just an act.
If you think I'm exaggerating, I took several pictures, and in ALL of them, she has this precise, scary, sideways menacing tilt and bitter mouth expression, when facing the cameras.
Here she is "interviewing" fired US Attorney, David C. Iglesias, and ripping the Bush Administration a new one in the process.
You'd swear I had just cropped the guy out of the top photograph, but no. That was shot 10 minutes after the first.
Jebus, Katie, relax, will you!
You're scaring America.