Originally Posted by ryberg
I don't know what the context of Couric's remarks was, or that I would even trust Larry King to characterize them accurately. (He's always struck me as a bit too easy and loose and "well you know what I mean" on that sort of thing.)
For example, did somebody ask Couric, after a discussion (possibly sympathetic to Palin) about those interviews and people now pointing fingers at Palin and so on, "Katie, you've certainly also struggled and found no small degree of success in a line of work traditionalljly dominated by men. What advice would you offer Palin in her current situation?"
That would all make her remarks look quite different as compared to if Couric just came up with those comments in a kind of sarcastic tone as part of unprompted discussion about Palin, or following criticism of Palin that Couric herself initiated.
I don't think it matters because she said them on the record. Is she a pundit or a news anchor? And it's precisely because Couric herself has struggled in a male dominated field that she should grant the same respect to Palin.
Imagine if someone outside of the world of journalism, say me, says to Couric at the time she took the anchor chair: "I think you should keep your head down, work really hard, and learn about reporting before contemplating taking on the real news."
Kind of condescending, isn't it?