Posts tagged “Katie Couric”

Factoid: Katie Couric’s Salary vs. NPR’s Budget

Katie Couric‘s annual salary is more than the entire annual budgets of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered combined. Couric’s salary comes to an estimated $15 million a year; NPR spends $6 million a year on its morning show and $5 million on its afternoon one. NPR has seventeen foreign bureaus (which costs it another $9.4 million a year); CBS has twelve. Few figures, I think, better capture the absurd financial structure of the network news.Michael Massing
Columbia Journalism Review

Via BoingBoing

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David Letterman: Real American Hero (and journalist?)

McCain vs. Letterman from The Late Show, 10/16/2008
As soon as complete footage is available, I'll get it up here.

I’ve written about Dave before. I’ve been a fan of his since the days of Toast on a Stick. My parents used to let me stay up late to watch him when I was in kindergarten. Perhaps that explains my warped sense of humor and poor sleeping habits, but I don’t regret it for a moment. I am truly proud after watching his show with John McCain tonight. He held McCain’s feet to the fire in a way that no mainstream journalist has ever done and certainly not since the presidential campaign began. With Keith Olberman looking on from the wings, Dave questioned his judgment in picking Sarah Palin and called him on the campaign bullshit on Bill Ayers and Palin’s hate mongering. Dave also sharply pointed out Palin’s total lack of qualification, but that isn’t in this video. I guess CBS thought it was too intense.

It is not hyperbolic to call Dave’s work tonight spectacular. It was unquestionably some of the best journalism I have seen in years. McCain faced tougher questioning than in any of the three debates this year and tougher than any interview of him I’ve seen.

McCain used to be an American hero. Tonight, there was only one hero on the screen.

Great job, Dave!

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Ignore the Senate; Support the “No Bailouts Act”

While the Senate did cave to the financial terrorists, the fight is far from over. In fact, a new alternative has emerged.

Take action!
Support the
“No Bailouts” act!

The “No Baiouts” Act “would impose a securities tax equivalent to one quarter of one percent of profits and empower the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to deal more effectively with bank failures,” according to John Nichols at The Nation.

Take a look and see for yourself. It is an alternative and it has the support of former heads of the FDIC. Then, take a moment, hit the link above and sign the petition. Even if you don’t think this is the best plan, perhaps it IS best to challenge Congress to pursue every alternative? I certainly think so.

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