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Video leaked of Couric mocking Palin

Posted by loricalabrese on August 4, 2010

It is almost impossible for any network, journalistic publication, or reporter not to be accused of some media bias and this new leaked video of Katie Couric mocking Sarah Palin proves that each individual who reports or writes the news has to work hard to guard against his or her own opinions.

In the video, Couric is seen rehearsing for the “CBS Evening News” during the 2008 Republican National Convention and mocks the names of Sarah Palin’s children.

“Where the hell do they get these names?” Couric says after mentioning Palin’s youngest son, Trig, and her oldest, Track.

Couric also jokes about the pronunciation of Wasilla, Palin’s Alaskan hometown, and when stating that Palin’s parents were out hunting caribou, Couric says, “You can’t make this up.”

This video was taped several weeks before Palin’s notorious interview with Couric, in which the Republican vice-presidential nominee answered questions about a wide variety of issues and stoked controversy with what some felt were shaky and uninformed answers to questions of national importance. That interview set off something of a feud between the two high-profile women, with Palin firing back at Couric in her memoir, Going Rogue, labeling Couric’s interview style as “badgering” and saying that Couric came into the interview with a “partisan agenda.” Palin claims that Couric and CBS left out her more substantive moments and went easier on Democratic candidate for Vice President Joe Biden.

So you’re probably saying, what’s the big deal with this video? We’ve all said things we’re not proud of to lighten up the mood at our workplace. However, what makes this newsworthy is that Couric is mocking the GOP’s Vice Presidential nominee in front of her media team who is expected to be fair and accurate.

Is this the first time it’s ever happened? Probably not. I’m sure if old news reels popped up, we’d find a lot of jokes cracked and opinions presented, however, what makes this significant is that it’s the time of YouTube, the time that everything you say on camera could possibly be leaked.

Sarah Palin and other conservatives have recently pointed to a “BOMBSHELL!” story on the Journolist in the Daily Caller as evidence of media bias in the “lamestream media” and now this video is leaked, raising the question once again of media bias.

Journalists who say they’re not biased are. Everyone has an opinion–even smart, fair-minded journalists. And bias in the news is not generally about politics. There’s much more involved, including social and cultural issues that include abortion, feminism, racism, and affirmative action. But it’s important for journalists to seek fairness to those concerned with the news, and conduct a professional process of information gathering that seeks fairness, completeness and accuracy.

It’s important to note that media have tremendous power in setting cultural guidelines and in shaping political discourse. And the editors at Conservatives4Palin raise an interesting point about Couric and Co.’s efforts to marginalize Palin: “[W]hat in [Palin’s] impressive biography did CBS News and Couric choose to focus on? Moose burgers and beauty pageants.”

As the “lamestream media” attempts to belittle Sarah Palin, they actually make themselves look bad. And as Palin said in her Facebook post Journey into the Media’s Heart of Darkness, “There is a sickness and darkness in today’s liberal media. With revelations like the JournoList exchanges, may the light keep shining to expose the problem.”

Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

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