The Today Show
I have always enjoyed you in your role as a Today Show host and thought that you were a solid entertainer and genuine person. When I heard that you would be taking over the Anchor spot on NBC Nightly News, I was somewhat skeptical of your qualifications but open minded. Then I saw you interview Howard Dean on January 26th regarding the current Jack Abramoff scandal and the President 's unprecedented attack on the constitution. I must say you totally disqualified yourself as an objective news person for any salary, let alone the purported $20 million a year your are rumored to be offered.
First your question to Mr. Dean about the President 's use of the NSA to circumvent the law was stated in a totally biased way towards the Administrations ' position. I will paraphrase it as "what is wrong with the President trying to protect us from terrorists ". Ms. Couric, this shows a total lack of understanding of the constitution and FISA or an extreme bias for the President. It is a misleading and distorted propagandized question meant to put legitimate constitutional concerns in a frivolous light.
As a historian, a news analyst and a writer I can only express my profound disappointment at your attempts as a news interviewer and state that such performance disqualifies you as a conveyor of the important public responsibility of a news anchor. In the future, please stick to the kind of stories you did following the Dean interview, how women can successfully cover their behinds to show them in a complementary light.
John M. Kelley