Far-Left Katie Couric Move To CBS, “60 Minutes” Bad News For Christians And Conservatives
By John Lofton, Editor
Katie Couric going to CBS is bad news for Christians and conservatives. She is vehemently anti-both and pro-anything on the Left — the further Left the better. According to the Media Research Center: “Since becoming co-host of NBC’s Today in April 1991, Katie Couric has often used her perch to salute her liberal heroes (including Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Carter) or complain about ‘right-wing conservatives.’ In her years on ‘Today,’ she’s lectured Charlton Heston about the need for gun control, championed the need for campaign finance ‘reform,’ and even touted the wonders of France’s nanny state.”
On the NBC “Today” show in late 2004, Couric was gushing effusively about a new movie about a certain individual. She said it was “fascinating, provocative,” that this man was “so ahead of his time,” that he had “audacity” in opposing the morals of the time. Oh, and he was “very solution oriented.” So, who was Couric talking about? One of the most despicable, criminal sex-perverts in American history, Alfred Kinsey! For the grisly details about this modern-day Marquis de Sade, go, please, to http://drjudithreisman.com.
Couric also misses no opportunity to twist American history to try and keep religion (Christianity) out of American public life. In early 2005, in a discussion about “faith” and “politics”, she asked one guest: “Before we go, what about the concept of separation of church and state that the founding fathers believed so whole-heartedly. Where does that fit in, in your view, when it comes to Democrats and faith?” Our founders, of course, did not believe in this concept the way Couric invoked it.
In late 2000, when a guest noted that “faith” doesn’t get the attention it deserves in public discourse or in the public school classroom, Couric said: “There is a separation of church and state, so there is a reason for that, right?” Well, no — wrong! The notion of separation of church and state had nothing to do with talking about “faith” in public or in the schools.
Couric is hostile to anything remotely resembling Christianity. An example of this particular animus is a recent appearance on the “Today” show of Thomas Monaghan and Paul Marinelli. Monaghan is a Roman Catholic who is the founder of Domino’s Pizza. Marinelli is president and CEO of Barron Collier Companies, the developers of Ave Maria University in Florida.
Introducing this segment, Couric says there is a “controversy” surrounding “a Catholic town that’s being constructed in Florida. It’s being funded by a well-known American entrepreneur who envisions a strict Catholic faith governing its future residents.”
Then reporter Michelle Kosinski tells us: “A town without condoms or birth control pills, no porn shops or strip joints, or premarital sex. At least that’s how the founder of Domino’s Pizza envisions Ave Maria, Florida. Thomas Monaghan has bought 5,000 acres to build his dream town, where Catholic doctrine is the rule. It will all be centered around Ave Maria University, which Monaghan also founded… many citizens in the surrounding area are not so thrilled. People of many faiths are drawn to Florida’s shores, not necessarily to the world’s largest crucifix, planned for the town’s center.”
Pretty scary, huh? Except that in the course of this interview most of what Kosinski has told us is denied. Marinelli says: “Our vision is for this community, Ave Maria — it has a misperception that it’s a Catholic town, OK? Ave Maria is going to be a town based on traditional values, values for all. Ave Maria is going to be open to all individuals from all ages or races or creeds and so forth. What we’re truly trying to create is a — a wholesome town based on traditional family values.”
OK, so not a Catholic town. But, still pretty scary, huh? Well, yes, at least to Katie Couric.
Couric: But does it follow the tenets pretty much, Mr. Marinelli, of the Catholic church? In other words, pharmacies in this community can’t sell contraception, correct?
Marinelli: That — that is not correct.
Couric: That’s not correct?
Marinelli: That is not correct. In — in deference to the beliefs of Ave Maria, you know, as it relates to contraceptive — contraceptives, what we are doing is requesting, OK, that contraceptives not be sold in the town. We are not restricting the sale of contraceptives.
Couric: So if a pharmacy opens and contraception — or contraceptives rather are in fact sold, that will be tolerated?
Couric: But it will be discouraged.
Marinelli: It will be discouraged.
Couric: Some people, you know, looking at this, you know, might think, gosh, these are nice — some of these, some of the values, depending on your perspective, obviously, and you’re own individual point of view, may be deemed wholesome. But in others ways, I think people will see this community as eschewing diversity and promoting intolerance.
A little later, Couric says: “So you are looking for other residents who aren’t necessarily Catholic, but share the same value?” Marinelli says this is correct. They’ll be looking for people who are “from a traditional family value perspective, a wholesome perspective.”
Couric: Does that mean you would welcome Jewish residents?
Marinelli: Definitely. We anticipate that there would be synagogues as well as Baptist churches.
Couric: What about gay couples? Would you welcome gay couples in your community?
Marinelli: We will not discriminate against anyone. You know, we respect the Constitution, we’re not going to violate the US Constitution or the Florida Constitution.
Couric: But do you think sort of the tenets of the community might — might result in de facto segregation as a result of some of the beliefs that are being espoused by the majority of the residents there?
Couric also asks: “But do you think sort of the tenets of the community might — might result in de facto segregation as a result of some of the beliefs that are being espoused by the majority of the residents there?
Marinelli: I don’t know what the majority of the residents are going to be at this point in time, you know? It’s going to be interesting. The response that we have received to date has been overwhelming, and it has been from people from all walks of life, ages, races and creeds.
Couric: Do you think, for example, you’ll be eligible for federal dollars given some of the tenets of the community? And even — even sort of what is encouraged if not required.
Marinelli: You know, we — one of the things, we’re not asking for federal dollars. But it’s not going to be a restrictive town. It is going to be a town that we are not going to have adult bookstores and topless bars, OK? We don’t think that they coincide with traditional family values.
Couric: What about cable?
Marinelli: We are going to have cable TV, and we’ll — the franchise fundamentally it’s the same as it is in any other area. It’s not a restrictive cable station.
Couric: At the same time, you can understand how people would hear some of these things and be like, `Wow, this is really infringing on civil liberties and freedom of speech, and right to privacy and all sorts of basic tenets that this country was founded on,’ right?
Marinelli: And Katie, that’s the last thing we want to do is infringe on anyone’s constitutional rights. That is not the intent, and was never the intent. I think there was confusion, and Tom may deal with it as it relates to separating the town from the university. It is a Catholic university, OK? But we’re creating a town that has a univer — a Catholic university in it. It’s not a university that created a Catholic town.
Over the years, Couric has also said these things, according to the Media Research Center:
— Interviewed, of all people, Bill Clinton asking him about the ethics of Karl Rove: “President Clinton, as you well know, President Bush has been under fire recently because Karl Rove allegedly released the identity of a CIA agent to reporters. President Bush has said it’s a fireable offense now if a crime was committed, but in your view is the ethical violation enough to warrant dismissal?” — July 21, 2005.
— Asked UN Secretary General Kofi Annan: “Are you angry that the United States has not been more supportive of the UN?” — June 6, 2005.
— Asked liberal Catholic priest Father Andrew Greeley about the new Pope: “Cardinal Ratzinger’s past includes a brief membership in the Hitler Youth movement, service in the German army in World War II, which was mandatory. But given his past associations do you think that will create a rift between Christians and Jews, and what can he do to fix that?” — April 20, 2005.
— Tossed this softball to Hillary Clinton: “Is it disappointing for both you and your husband that his detractors and critics continue to pursue him?” — November 18, 2004.
— And this softball to Bill Clinton: “Many people have remarked how open and candid you’ve been in [your] book.” — June 23, 2004.
— Referred, preposterously, in an interview of Howard Dean, to Al Gore as a man of the middle: “In his endorsement Tuesday Al Gore said, ‘We need to remake the Democratic party.’ You’re considered, Governor Dean, more, more left-leaning and Al Gore is considered sort of a hardcore centrist, if you will. The two of you, specifically, what do you think needs to be done to remake the Democratic party?” — December 10, 2003.
— Slobbered all over Jimmy Carter: “President Carter’s crowning achievement, of course, the Camp David Accords, designed to forge peace in the Middle East. Unfortunately, that seems like a distant memory, but it’s so nice to see former President Jimmy Carter honored this way…A ceremony is being held to bestow the Nobel Peace Prize on former President Jimmy Carter, that is in Oslo, Norway. It’s a terrific honor for him for all the work he did while he was President and, of course, he is considered by many as one of the finest former Presidents this country has ever seen. Once again, we send our heartfelt congratulations to President Jimmy Carter.” — December 10, 2002.
— Embarrassed by American patriotism when interviewing Salt Lake Olympic Committee Creative Director Scott Givens: “Obviously, the opening ceremony, the games themselves will be very patriotic in feel. And yet sometimes the international community can interpret that as arrogant nationalism. Obviously, you’ve gotta balance those two things. Are you all, clearly you’re mindful of that. How are you, how are you going to do that?” — February 8, 2002.
— Praised the Vermont liberal Sen. Jim Jeffords for leaving the GOP and becoming an independent: “Jim Jeffords is the personification of one man, one vote, and his story a classic of American politics. What Jim Jeffords did simply was turn Washington on its ear. In the months following President Bush’s inauguration in January, the 67-year-old Jeffords found himself increasingly at odds with the GOP on Capitol Hill and the White House over issues ranging from education, to the environment, to the size of the tax cut, all of which forced him to examine his core beliefs…Jeffords knew and agonized that a political switch at this time in his career would affect not only him, but Republican colleagues, and his staff and family…But flying to Vermont in May, Jeffords knew he’d made the right decision…Today, Jeffords is a man at peace with himself, enjoying work on his Vermont farm, splitting logs, saving a few pennies with some inventive repair work on a wheelbarrow.” — December 17, 2001.
— Wondered if another Reagan book is needed, in an interview with “Washington Post” reporter Lou Cannon: “I can’t think of anyone more qualified to write another book about Ronald Reagan. The question is, do we need another book about Ronald Reagan?” — November 26, 2001.
— Mindlessly for another un-Constitutional Federal program, interviewing Governor Parris Glendening: “You know the U.S. is the only industrialized nation, I didn’t know this until today, that doesn’t spend federal money promoting tourism. Do you think it should?” — October 1, 2001.
— For Big Government in France: Reporter Keith Miller: “Break out the band, bring on the drinks. The French are calling it a miracle. A government-mandated 35-hour work week is changing the French way of life. Two years ago, in an effort to create more jobs, the government imposed a shorter work week on large companies, forcing them to hire more workers…Sixty percent of those on the job say their lives have improved. These American women, all working in France, have time for lunch and a life.” Avivah Wittenberg-Cox: “More Americans should be more aware that an economy as successful as the French one managed to be successful without giving up everything else in life.” Katie Couric, following the end of Miller’s taped piece: “So great that young mother being able to come home at three every day and spend that time with her child. Isn’t that nice? The French, they’ve got it right, don’t they?” — August 1, 2001.
— More drooling over Hillary: “Giving Senator Clinton her due, though we talk about her feminine wiles, she has also won a great deal of respect by working very, very hard, and by not pulling any kind of prima donna act. Her Secret Service detail is very much in the background. She goes to all sorts of meetings that some people, in the past, have not attended. For example, I know she goes to a meeting over at the House of Representatives with all the folks from New York, which, I guess, Moynihan never attended, right?” — July 16, 2001.
— More softball questions, this one to feminist and anti-gun activist Donna Dees-Thomas: “With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we wanted to salute the hard work, integrity and love moms show us every day, so this morning we invited three women who have made their own special contribution to motherhood and, as I said earlier, to all of mankind, in fact. Donna Dees-Thomas founded the Million Mom March…Donna, you organized the Million Mom March, and it really was such a grassroots movement of stroller moms, right? Tell me how it came about.” — May 11, 2001.
— But a hard, beanball question for Colin Powell during the week of the Republican Convention: “Only four percent of the delegates in the convention hall are African-Americans. Do you feel troubled at all by this, and do you feel used by your party?” August 1, 2000.
— Another beanball for Powell, same date: “I’m just curious, do you have any problems with the fact that he [Dick Cheney] did vote against Head Start — because you care so deeply about education — and against a resolution that would have allowed Nelson Mandela to be released from prison?”
— Still more gushing over Hillary, to conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham: “Why do you think Hillary Clinton elicits such powerful emotions? Why is she such a polarizing figure? Don’t you think there’s an awful lot of projection that goes on in terms of how people view her, placing their own confused states or their role in society or how powerful should women be and it’s sort of projected upon her as an individual?” — June 7, 2000.
— Worried that the real dictatorship is in Miami not Castro’s Cuba: “Some suggested over the weekend that it’s wrong to expect Elian Gonzalez to live in a place that tolerates no dissent or freedom of political expression. They were talking about Miami. All eyes on south Florida and its image this morning. Another writer this weekend called it ‘an out of control banana republic within America.’ What effect is the Elian Gonzalez story having on perception of Miami? We will talk with a well-known columnist for the Miami Herald about that.” — April 3, 2000.
— Nostalgia for Kennedy’s Camelot: “With the death of JFK Jr., there is now only one survivor of Camelot. That, of course, is Caroline Kennedy, the little girl who walked her father to the Oval Office and rode a pony on the White House lawn. And now grown up with a family of her own, Caroline remains our only link to those golden years.” — July 19, 1999.
— Not so subtly linking conservatives to murder, to former Texas Governor Ann Richards: “Let’s talk a little bit more about the right wing because I know that’s something you feel very strongly about. But this is actually not necessarily about the right wing, but perhaps a climate that some say has been established by religious zealots or Christian conservatives. There have been two recent incidents in the news, I think, that upset most people in this country, that is the dragging death of James Byrd Junior and the beating death of Matthew Shepard. I just would like you to reflect on whether you feel people in this country are increasingly intolerant, mean-spirited, et cetera, and what, if anything, can be done about that because a lot of people get very discouraged when they hear and see this kind of brutality taking place.” — April 3, 1999.
— Another attempted link of conservatives to murder, this time of a homosexual: “Then the fallout from the death of Matthew Shepard. The tragic beating of the college student in Wyoming has some activists in this country saying there is a climate of anti-gay hate that’s been fostered by a provocative advertising campaign by the political right in this country. We’re going to get into that debate after news and weather.” — October 13, 1998.
— More cheerleading for un-Constitutional Federal programs, to two psychologists: “Quickly, we’re almost out of time, but it seems to me that money is an issue, that [mental health] funding was cut 25 percent during the Reagan administration. It’s gone down ever since. Don’t we need to funnel more money into helping these people? The fact that half of the homeless population may be untreated mentally ill is a real tragedy, don’t you think?” — July 29, 1998.
— For gun-control, of course, in an interview with Charlton Heston: “Getting back to kids and guns, if you will indulge me for a moment. You cannot think of any other position the NRA could take in terms of trying to decrease the number of school shootings? You feel like this is not your bailiwick, this is not your problem?” Charlton Heston: “Not at all. As I told you the NRA spends more money, more time…” Couric, cutting him off: “Other than education.” Heston: “Well what would you suppose? What would you suggest?” Couric: “I don’t know, perhaps greater restrictions.” — June 8, 1998.
— For an even bigger Big Government, to Hillary: “As you know, Mrs. Clinton, regulations for at-home day care vary so much from state to state in terms of the ratio of children to day care provider, do you think there should be some kind of overall federal regulations?” — October 23, 1997.
— For Federal restrictions on free speech: “In fact, Senator Specter, as Senator Torricelli mentioned, two votes have left campaign finance reform legislation pretty much DOA. Do you think that prompts the American people to wonder about the sincerity of Congress to really enact change and suspect that perhaps this is an intentional effort to embarrass the Democratic Party? But it’s so ridiculous, you know people watching this just think that reform is necessary. They can’t understand why you guys can’t get your acts together!” — October 8, 1997.
— One more time, for Big Government, to President Clinton: “Seventy-four percent of the respondents in a recent poll think young Americans without education or job prospects is the greatest threat facing the country. If that’s the case, if that many people think this is such a serious problem, shouldn’t government be increasing its role rather than decreasing it? Many people think that your signing the welfare bill only exacerbated the situation of poor kids at risk.” — April 28, 1997.
— Attacking those advocating less Big Government, to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.): “But in fairness, what is wrong with Newt Gingrich reaching out to some other groups, extending himself? I mean, can’t you catch more flies with honey? Isn’t there something about that? And perhaps the rigidity of some of the conservative Republicans and their almost religious adherence to the Contract with America, didn’t that ultimately backfire on them?” — April 2, 1997.
— Ditto, to Elizabeth Dole: “I know that was a major goal of the Dole campaign [in the debate], to make sure people saw this compassionate side of Bob Dole. Do you think that he is in some ways paying the price for a Republican Congress that enacted, or tried to enact measures, in the views of many, were simply too harsh or too draconian?” — October 8, 1996.
— Pro-abortion, of course, to Texas GOP Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison: “You know a lot has been made of the Republican Party being a very inclusive party, one that can embrace the views of various people. Given the way the platform has worked out vis-a-vis abortion, and the fact that some of these Republican governors are not speaking because they felt as if they were being censored, do you still believe you can call the Republican Party an inclusive party?” — August 12, 1996.
— More conservative-bashing, to Oliver North: “Some people are very concerned about talk shows, radio talk shows in general, of course. Most of them around the country have a decidedly conservative bent. The rap that some people give them is that they reflect the views of a very vocal minority, the extremists in this country, and don’t really reflect the true nature of political debate in the United States. And, as a matter of fact, they tend to be quite divisive and sort of have a bad, a negative impact on the country.” March 13, 1995.
— Smearing Reagan who never said what she says he said, to Rep. Duke Cunningham: “The school lunch program, by all accounts, has been incredibly successful, as has the WIC program, and obviously provides good nutrition for children, which is so crucial for development and education. Since the states won’t have to adhere to any federal guidelines and they can basically do their own thing, aren’t you worried that we’re going to go back to the days when Ronald Reagan suggested that ketchup and relish be designated as vegetables?” — February 22, 1995.
— More Bill Clinton worship, to new Democratic National Committee adviser Tony Coelho: “Why do you think that he doesn’t get credit for the good news that’s going on? And if Reagan was the Teflon President, it seems like Bill Clinton is the Velcro President. Every bad piece of news just sticks to him.” — August 18, 1994.
— But against Big Government when it was Reagan, to Bill Buckley: “When you talk about leaving a deposit, many people say that the Reagan-Bush administration, people on the other side of the political spectrum, did leave a negative deposit, or really, the opposite of a deposit. The federal budget quadrupled under that administration. They might say that greed and materialism was the norm then, and that social ills were largely ignored, and therefore only worsened as a result of that neglect.” — September 20, 1993.
— Another pro-abortion question, to Pat Buchanan: “What about the abortion issue? Do you think the party should remain as rigid vis-a-vis abortion to be successful in 1996?.” — February 1, 1993.
— Same day to RNC chairman Haley Barbour: “So you don’t think the right wing should be so narrow-minded or rigid when it comes to abortion?” — February 1, 1993.
— Bashing conservative Christians, interviewing President George H. W. Bush: “I think some moderate Republicans were put off by the tone at the convention. The Republicans relinquished too much time to what some term the radical religious right. Did you feel comfortable with the convention?” — October 30, 1992.
— More advocacy for the pro-death, pro-abortion folks, to Dan Quayle: “Some have said they find the tone of this convention, some Republicans, a bit troubling. Abortion rights have been totally ignored in the platform; gay rights not acknowledged in the platform. Recently, Rich Bond said ‘We are America, these other people in America are not America.’ The ‘other people,’ presumably, are Democrats. Do you think the Republican Party has grown, or become too exclusionary, too intolerant, and that this kind of rhetoric is divisive and counterproductive?” — August 19, 1992.
— Hillary worship, again, to Hillary: “Do you think the American people are not ready for someone who is as accomplished and career-oriented as Hillary Clinton?” — August 24, 1992.
— Castro worship: “Considered one of the most charismatic leaders of the 20th century…[Fidel] Castro traveled the country cultivating his image and his revolution delivered. Campaigns stamped out illiteracy and even today, Cuba has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.” — February 13, 1992.
— Jimmy Carter worship, to Carter: “And finally President Carter, you are now considered one of the world’s foremost statesmen. You’ve been called the best ex-President this country has ever had. Your reputation has been bolstered tremendously since you left office. How does that make you feel?” — November 13, 1991.