Katie Couric reveals herself as an misogynistic idiot


What on earth is Katie Couric pondering?

Most folks write a memoir to settle scores, make a buck, burnish their legacy. Not Couric. In her cattily-titled “Going There,” she decides to indicate that the rumors had been true all alongside: Couric was out of her depth in community information, not almost as good as she’d have us assume, and her bubbly girl-next-door act was simply that.

An act.

Couric makes it clear from the beginning that she has by no means been an ally to different girls.

Aside from the feminine colleagues she disparages, name-calls, alienates and humiliates — I’ll get to these in a second — she would have us consider, in her nice delusion, that she was a famous person journalist and mental who however had no concept about Harvey Weinstein.

Never heard a factor, she writes.

On Roger Ailes: “Who knew he was a monster?”

Of that point she went to dinner at Jeffrey Epstein’s home: “Let me explain,” she writes, earlier than not explaining and brushing it off as a bizarre occasion, nothing extra.

Also, she had no concept Matt Lauer was a sexual predator. When these tales started breaking within the fall of 2017, she writes, “I knew Matt loved beautiful women . . . he could charm the pants (as it were) off any celebrity.”

How might she select these phrases?

Couric claims to haven’t recognized in regards to the allegations surrounding Matt Lauer.
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At one other level, she truly describes making him “a pretty sexy” job provide. If solely he had taken it, Couric writes, “Matt could have avoided the whole thing.”

But simply to be clear, Couric insists she solely “knew he was a player.”

That’s laborious to consider. Especially as her office was proper subsequent to his.

In these similar pages, Couric recounts her routine at Lauer’s Friars Roast, all the best way again in 2008, operating down a Letterman-esque Top 10 record.

“Number ten,” Couric mentioned. “According to his wife, he’s not really an early riser, if you know what I mean. Number two: He loves to eat curry.”

This was a reference to “Today” present co-host Ann Curry, who Couric belittles and who Lauer reportedly bullied off the present. Curry was within the viewers, and Couric remembers how stricken she appeared by that line.

Katie Couric has a brand new memoir popping out this October.
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“What?” Couric mentioned, feigning ignorance. She meant the Indian meals!

Then, Couric writes, Lauer took the rostrum and mentioned, “It’s fun to look over and see Ann Curry laughing — like she doesn’t know how big my dick is.”

Couric’s not sorry about that. If something, she feels jealous when she later hears {that a} younger feminine staffer, who had been sexually harassed by Lauer, tearfully confided in Curry —  who instantly reported that grievance.

Ever self-absorbed, Couric wonders not what number of different victims are on the market however “why no one had ever come to me.”

Couric made reference to Ann Curry throughout Matt Lauer’s Friars Roast 13 years in the past.
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Couric reveals extra about herself than she appears to appreciate: Namely, that she is the sort of horrible girl who hates most different girls and likes solely these she considers inferior, not as profitable, no menace within the seems to be division. It’s the sort of self-loathing that enables her to defend monsters like Matt Lauer and blame all the gorgeous younger issues for bringing this on themselves.

“Why didn’t these women just tell Matt to take a hike?” she writes, lengthy after we’ve heard in regards to the rape allegations. She goes on to congratulate herself for being the sort of robust girl many others simply are usually not.

She’s a uncommon breed, that Katie Couric.

“I realized,” she writes, “not everyone is built for that kind of confrontation.”

What Couric’s actually saying right here is that she’s the sort of Cool Girl immortalized in “Gone Girl.” She can grasp with the large boys. They don’t scare her, and so they certain don’t come on to her as a result of she simply doesn’t ship out that vibe.

Matt Lauer and Ann Curry attend the “TODAY” Show sixtieth anniversary in 2012.
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You occur to get groped or grabbed or raped — hey, that’s your fault.

And she nonetheless doesn’t perceive why junior feminine staffers didn’t belief her.

Katie Couric is the worst sort of hypocrite. She makes use of this e-book to posit herself as some sort of feminist trailblazer with a substantive legacy in information, when in reality she’s a vindictive backstabber who hides behind that irritating smile, who blames others for her downward trajectory — from “Today” to her disastrous quick tenure at “CBS Evening News” to a poorly-executed speak present to Yahoo! to Instagram Stories or no matter she’s doing now.

It all begs the question: Why did she write this e-book? Is it a money seize? Couric clearly needs to cement her personal legacy, however she doesn’t get how terribly she comes throughout. There is zero self-awareness right here, personally or professionally.

She embraces her instantaneous fame with out analyzing its risks or falsities. “In virtually every room I entered . . . they were all atwitter just to meet me.”

On her supportive first husband Jay’s minor success as an on-air authorized analyst, Couric says she discovered herself silently admonishing him to “stay in your lane.”

Couric was apparently not glad when Diane Sawyer was in a position to get a scoop over her.
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She is jealous of Diane Sawyer, who’s “everything I wasn’t — tall, blonde, with a creamy complexion . . . her voice ‘full of money,’” her resumé top-flight, Couric now a widow with Sawyer “in a high-wattage marriage,” comportment at all times “sleek and sophisticated.”

Yet when Sawyer lands an unique Couric needed — not a head of state or A-list star however a 57-year-old girl who had simply given start — Couric is incensed.

“I wonder who she had to blow to get that,” Couric says to her colleagues.

That’s the sort of humor all of the boys love. Cool Girl.

Couric iced out Ashleigh Banfield, threatened by her designation as an “up-and-comer”; she mocked Martha Stewart at a high-profile gala occasion for being too good and so good at every part — which tells you the place Couric’s Achilles’ heel is. Every new feminine hire, Couric writes, stoked her “All About Eve” obsession.

Katie Couric is that relic: The man’s-gal, the lady who can’t actually be associates with different girls as a result of they’re all simply jealous and out to get her.

No surprise she defends Matt Lauer. No surprise she minimizes the horrific report of a rape he allegedly dedicated in his office, one which left the lady unconscious, an ambulance referred to as to 30 Rock and the lady taken to the hospital.

Couric was on “TODAY” from 1991-2006.
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In Couric’s model, Lauer “pulled down the producer’s pants, bent her over a chair and had sex with her. Then she passed out.”

As will occur — am I proper?

The solely breaking information right here is that Matt Lauer continues to be embraced within the Hamptons by all of the male media bigwigs who matter.

“Even though I had read about all the awful things Matt had done, I was worried about him,” Couric writes. She replicates textual content exchanges wherein she tells Lauer “I am crushed” — for him!

“I love you and care about you deeply,” she texts him. “I am here.”

In the e-book, Couric tries to elucidate why she had dinner at Jeffrey Epstein’s.

That she did this and felt this fashion is one factor. Actually, she nonetheless sort of feels this fashion, as a result of she writes of how deeply she misses him.

But why put it down in black and white, within the pages of your memoir, 4 years into #MeToo? I can solely provide you with one clarification: Katie Couric simply isn’t that shiny.

Truly, her memoir reveals a definite lack of mental heft or crucial or authentic pondering. Couric takes her life classes from “Sex and the City.” Her heroine is Audrey Hepburn — pretty individual, however you’d assume a high-profile journalist may go deeper.

The girl made well-known for asking Sarah Palin what newspapers she reads shares nothing right here of her personal studying or deep-dive investigative journalism. The main tales she lined — the primary Gulf War, Columbine, Sept. 11 — exist right here as mere backdrops to no matter was occurring in her personal life. Her tone is breezy and gossipy, the tone and tenor off.

Cronkite’s “A Reporter’s Life,” this isn’t.

Instead, Katie Couric has come to disparage trendy feminism and plenty of of our current, hard-won positive aspects. All these girls now crying rape or assault or harassment — actually, she asks, what had been these profitable, rich, Ivy League educated and infrequently married males to do?

Couric asks within the memoir of Roger Ailes: “Who knew he was a monster?”
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Men who, again within the archaic Nineteen Nineties, Couric writes, “suddenly found themselves surrounded by exceptional young women seeking mentors, looking to impress and rise through the ranks and even compete with their male counterparts” and so “couldn’t help themselves from coming on to their new colleagues.”

It’s not like there wasn’t a raging presidential intercourse scandal that fueled debate over sexual abuses within the workplace or something.

Couric writes that so many of those younger girls had solely themselves in charge.

“Some leveraged the situation,” she writes, “accommodating a supervisor’s desires for the sake of their careers.”

This is ugly, misogynistic stuff.

Women outnumber males as customers and readers of books by a big margin. So I say to my fellow girls one thing I by no means thought I ever would:

Don’t purchase this e-book. The juicy stuff is already on the market.

Don’t put money in Katie Couric’s pocket. Don’t legitimize this disgusting pile-on of victims, this cynical and gross protection of abusers.

Ashleigh Banfield’s presence appeared to threaten Couric.
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Couric is a pretend, a phony, and a fraud who has already made hundreds of thousands taking part in good.

“People feel like they know you,” she writes. “They assess you, analyze you, project on to you. They develop strong feelings about who they think you are . . . [Viewers] felt like they knew me. And in so many ways, they did.”

Not actually. But we do now.