Good morning Freaks! Just a few things before you read Larry's remarks...Today is Martin Luther King Day. Actually it's his birthday and MLK has the distinction of being one of three individuals to have a day commemorated in his honor. Let's just say it's not an honor that Bush will ever receive. Did anyone happen to catch Scott Pelley's interview with Bush on 60 Minutes last night? Bush actually believes his own line of bullshit. Interesting, but scary.
Also, the Betty Ann/Lorie Ann/Gotta Be an Ann saga continues. In the beginning, the "360" blog was groundbreaking. Now, it's becoming a joke. I publicly ask the blog producers at CNN to clean up this mess now! They have the power to decide who gets posted and who doesn't. They are seriously lacking a measurable accountability. We are not the only blog who has noticed the pattern and it is discussed on other forums and sites. In a recent post, I counted 15 responses from "fangirls" that I know by name, real or fake. Perhaps this is the reason Cooper doesn't post more often.
And for those of you fascinated by the glamour (or the lack) of the movie business, the Awards season kicks off tonight in Hollywood with the Golden Globes. Yes, sadly, I will be watching. And on a personal note, if you have a chance to see "A Painted Veil", I would highly recommend this movie. Edward Norton and Naomi Watts in a beautiful love story set in horrible conditions in 1920's China. Enjoy your Monday.
Count Larry King among Katie Couric's fans. The venerable CNN host watches the new anchor of the CBS Evening News and thinks her ratings struggles have more to do with gender than with journalism.
"It might still be hard for a woman to anchor the evening news," King says. "And that's sad."
Couric, whom King calls "smart and certainly attractive," will commandeer the host's chair on Larry King Live in April to interview King as part of a special week of shows honoring his 50th year in broadcasting.
King also believes Couric suffers from the stigma of representing a network news division that is trailing in the ratings.
"Maybe you just can't change the way you are branded," he says. "CBS can't do well in the morning, either. [ The Early Show] is a good show. If they moved Katie to the morning, would it help? Maybe not. They may just be branded [as unsuccessful in the mornings]."
As others have suggested, it may take a major news event to help the former Today host shed her "perky" image, says King: "Hurricane Katrina made Anderson Cooper. It could happen to Katie that way."
Speaking of Cooper, King says he has no problem with the way CNN has been marketing the anchor and other rising stars at the network.
"I would be promoting Anderson, too," he says. "He has a bright future. I hope they don't lose him."
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