This is the sad state of our corporate-owned media. Katie Couric now admits she felt "corporate pressure" to ease off of Condi Rice and the Bush administration overall after a "tough interview" she conducted with the former:
After the interview, Couric said she received an email from an NBC exec "forwarded without explanation" from a viewer who wrote that she had been "unnecessarily confrontational."
"I think there was a lot of undercurrent of pressure not to rock the boat for a variety of reasons, where it was corporate reasons or other considerations," she said in an interview with former journalist and author Marvin Kalb during "The Kalb Report" forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
It's not as if we don't know this kind of thing is going on (the exception proves the rule). We have ample evidence from Fox's Bush Administration boot-licking to payola pundits, fake newscasts, the firing of Donahue by MSNBC (for attacking our rationale on Iraq) even though you'd need binoculars to see Tucker Carlson's ratings from where he was, etc. and so forth.
But for some reason, I still get that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I hear stories like this. It reminds me that as skeptical as I am of our corporate-crony media, I am not skeptical enough.
Upon finishing his work at the Constitutional Convention, a woman walked up to Benjamin Franklin and asked him what type of government our Constitution would birth.
Franklin famously replied, "A republic, if you can keep it." Yup, if we can keep it.