Back in the day, I worked alongside Katie Couric at CNN. Ms. Couric was the producer for husband-and-wife anchor team Don Farmer and Chris Curle. Farmer was a blowhard. Curle was a you-know-what in heels. Both of them treated Ms. Couric (and everyone else) like dirt. How Ms. Couric maintained her cool is anyone’s guess. While her good looks certainly didn’t hurt, I reckon Ms. Couric’s intelligence, professionalism and persistence was the key to her meteoric rise in the mainstream media. That and . .
her ability to personify Oprah-like empathy with “the common” man. That’s her shtick: smarts and heart.
Unfortunately, Ms. Couric — now blessed with enough money and fame to do whatever the hell she wants — has decided to become a spokesperson for gun control. Sorry. As she points out in the beginning of her interview with Stephen Colbert, that phrase “makes people freak out.”
As well they should. The “conversation” she seeks to engender leads in only one direction: civilian disarmament. Or, at the least, more dilution of Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
Ms. Couric attempts to pacify [vaguely] pro-gun rights folks by arguing that “universal background checks” are universally popular. Even NRA members want them!
Of course, she (and her documentary team) fail to define the term, leaving out the fact that the laws in question prevent all unsupervised private firearms sales and private transfers of guns (such as giving a gun to a family member).
The mask slips — at least for those of us with more than a passing understanding of her cotton candy-wrapped agenda.
“The tentacles of the gun lobby reach far and wide,” Ms. Couric says, falling into ye olde “gunmakers are evil” trope. Does she know that the Centers for Disease Control is only barred from conducting studies that advocate gun control? Does she know that the reason The Firearms Owners Protection Act prevents an electronic gun registry is to prevent the very real danger of federal gun confiscation? Would she even care?
No. Ms. Couric is a populist, just like Fox bombast Bill O’Reilly. In this case Ms. Couric uses her hard-earned public adoration to perpetuate the same old anti-agitprop, within her caring/sharing brand. “Everybody wants to reduce the number of gun deaths that are happening in this country,” she concludes, going all low-information touchy-feely for the audience (as is her wont).
If Ms. Couric would like to learn the truth about guns (and renew an old acquaintance), my cell number is on the home page. I suspect not. As wealthy as she is, Ms. Couric knows upon which side her bread is buttered.