Katie Couric is a cCautionary Tale
“Is she crazy?” read the early-morning text from a colleague.
“What is she thinking?” read a text from another.
“She can’t think this is GOOD,” read yet another.
The barrage of chatter from fellow media friends, all referring to the release of several excerpts from Katie Couric’s forthcoming, trash-talking tell-all, “Going There,” has barely let up since word first got out. And not in a good way.
The immediate reaction to the former “Today” show and “CBS Evening News” anchor’s petty and cringeworthy revelations from the people I’ve heard from was, generally, shock. Followed by disgust, then sadness.
It’s hard to imagine why a woman who’s enjoyed the kind of success, fame and power in a media career that so few could ever imagine would so giddily admit to being a bully, a mean girl and an absolute nightmare of a colleague.
Why, for example, would she needlessly bash Deborah Norville, whom Couric replaced at the “Today” show?
Norville, herself blind-sighted by the digs, told another newspaper, “I’m really too stunned and, frankly, hurt to comment.”
Couric also admits to icing out other women coming up behind her and even impeding their careers.
One such woman was Ashleigh Banfield, whom Couric writes was “the next big thing. I’d heard her father was telling anyone who’d listen that she was going to replace me. In that environment, mentorship felt like self-sabotage.” She writes of insidious things like “turf protection” — cutting women down because, she says, “someone younger and cuter was always around the corner.”