Update - I recently wrote:
"As soon as I saw that she was going to start a blog, I thought this was my chance to get hits on [my blog]. Little did I know that my fears expressed here were well founded and that she (or really her staff) have been accused of plagiarizing other people’s material. Her “page from my notebook” posts have turned into YouTube-like, tepid sound bites with no depth."
There is no spirit of Edward R. Morrow here.
Here is my original post:
I just saw some of the on-line feeds from CBS where Katie Couric said she was going to blog. Katie Couric is the news anchor on CBS news in the US. This was a position that once commanded the title of the "most respected person in America" when Walter Cronkite held that role. I searched on "Katie Couric Blog" and found absolutely nothing. Hmmm - must be coming.
Being an American out of America, it is difficult to comprehend how things are shaping up in public opinion, perception and politics. Although I vote, I find it difficult to keep up with what and on whom I am voting. Walter Cronkite and his ilk used to be the trusted source for information on issues and it would be guys like him that would guide one's opinion. CBS's coverage of the Vietnam War and the Tet Offensive in 1968 were a watermark in that conflict.
Now I am totally on my own and the in last primary in California, it was difficult from afar to make decisions (and probably in the state). I could google an issue as much as I like and still not have any more of a clue on how to vote in my absentee ballot. There are no more icons or oracles to guide us anymore. In a time when I used the media to guide me, I now realize that it was probably not guided as objectively as I thought. (Loved the film "Good Night and Good Luck" though. Same network.)
I think I would actually find this blog interesting. To actually hear (however filtered) the thoughts behind the presentation and editorial control of the news. Despite her claim to "look forward to the creative outlet", I find it difficult to keep up, but perhaps being a journalist, she wouldn't. I hope there aren't any others "helping" her with the blog.