Thursday, August 30, 2007

Katie, Don't Go!

Dick Durbin, Carl Levin, Brian Baird, none of the antiwar Democrats would listen to me. Now Katie Couric is breaking ranks and headed to Iraq:

Couric will anchor the CBS Evening News from Baghdad next Tuesday
and Wednesday, then from Damascus on Thursday and Friday.
Couric will travel
throughout Iraq to talk to military and civilian leaders, soldiers and average
Iraqis, spending most of her time outside of Baghdad. CBS News would not reveal
many specifics of her plans in advance because of competitive and safety
concerns. The trip, in the works for six weeks, anticipates the surge progress
report by Gen. David Petraeus that is expected the second week of September.
"You can't help but get a very detached perspective when you're not there
and you're not witnessing things firsthand," Couric told The Associated Press on
Tuesday. "I'm curious about very basic questions regarding living conditions,
about how much fear there is in the street, about how the soldiers really are

This sounds like something a really intelligent, accomplished journalist would say! How can you do this Katie? We want to hear about Lindsey, and Paris, and Alberto Gonzales, not real news! You're breaking my heart.

All kidding aside, I don't agree with some who scoff that this is all to boost the CBS Evening News sagging ratings. This is what reporters are supposed to do, and had they done so all along, this war might be already won. But some just don't get it.