So Long Katie; Don't Let the Door Hit You
Couric traded perky for automaton, but needed 'Michael Moore's DNA'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 12:41 PM CDT
Katie Couric and Sean McManus answer questions about Couric's new role as the first female news anchor for a network evening news broadcast during a news conference, in this July 16, 2006 file photo.   (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson)
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(Newser) – Katie Couric’s unhappy tenure as CBS Evening News anchor will soon end, and not a moment too soon for Nancy Franklin of the New Yorker. Couric seemed likely to succeed at the start, but she wound up ditching the qualities people liked in her and becoming a teleprompter-reading automaton. But above all, she lacked what declining network news shows need: passion.

“I don’t think that people want less news,” Franklin writes. “They want, I believe, the same kind of informed passion and doggedness that TV-news people displayed while covering Hurricane Katrina... Who knows, young people might turn on their TVs in droves if news organizations had a few choice strands of Michael Moore’s DNA in them.”