Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

01/14/2009 (5:46 pm)

Paglia Turns Cannon on Couric

I happened to catch Camille Paglia’s column on Salon.com today. Ms. Paglia is a remarkably astute woman, and for a liberal feminist, says an awful lot of things worth hearing. Today, amidst declaring that she hasn’t seen enough evidence to convince her that global climate change is controlled by anything other than the sun and observing that the search for a genetic cause of homosexuality is misguided, she responded to a comment about Dick Cavett’s attempt to make fun of one of Gov. Palin’s sentences. I actually was not surprised that she defended Palin, but was amused at her reaction to Katie Couric. Have a listen:

Ideology-driven attacks on Palin became clotted liberal clich├ęs within 24 hours of her introduction as John McCain’s running mate. What a bunch of tittering lemmings the urban elite have become in this country. From Couric’s vicious manipulations of video clips to Cavett’s bourgeois platitudes, the preemptive strike on Palin as a potential presidential candidate has grossly misfired. Whatever legitimate objections may be raised to Palin on political grounds (explored, for example, by David Talbot in Salon) have been lost in the amoral overkill that has defamed a self-made woman of concrete achievement in the public realm.

And let me take this opportunity to say that of all the innumerable print and broadcast journalists who have interviewed me in the U.S. and abroad since I arrived on the scene nearly 20 years ago, Katie Couric was definitively the stupidest. As a guest on NBC’s “Today” show during my 1992 book tour, I was astounded by Couric’s small, humorless, agenda-ridden mind, still registered in that pinched, tinny monotone that makes me rush across the room to change stations whenever her banal mini-editorials blare out at 5 p.m. on the CBS radio network. And of course I would never spoil my dinner by tuning into Couric’s TV evening news show. That sallow, wizened, drum-tight, cosmetic mummification look is not an appetite enhancer outside of Manhattan or L.A. There’s many a moose in Alaska with greater charm and pizazz.

I know it’s not polite, but it does feel good to hear the left turn the cannon on one of their own and fire a “stupid” round. (I suppose I could say, hear the left turn the canon on one of their own, and sing a round of “stupid”… but that’s a little too arcane to be funny.)

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January 15, 2009 @ 11:37 pm #

Ouch! How does that feel, Katie?

January 16, 2009 @ 8:43 am #

It’s also good to know that others have the same reaction to her as I. Her description of Katie is identical to my own, only better put.

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