Though ABC's Charles Gibson and NBC's Brian Williams bring plenty of enthusiasm for the political process to their newscasts, it may be that very enthusiasm for the process that sometimes comes through too strongly. As someone who's loved politics since childhood, I get drawn into the horse race, too.
But when it's Williams talking with Tim Russert, it sometimes feels more like "SportsCenter" than like news to me.
So although I occasionally still wince when Couric makes one of her patented real-person remarks while chatting with a correspondent - like the "voice" Clinton recently discovered in New Hampshire, Couric's evening-news persona is a work in progress - I think she may be speaking for more real people than her competitors, even if those real people aren't all bothering to watch.
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