Katie Couric and Tyra Banks

17 Oct

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In the movie Miss Representation, Katie Couric gives advice and tells her story on being the first female solo news anchor of a weekday nightly newscast on one of the top three stations. Her work there was award-winning, but she continued to trail behind ABC and NBC. When her contract expired, it was not renewed, and she left the station.

She now hosts Katie, a talk show on ABC. Personally, I’m disappointed with her move from nightly news anchor/journalist to talk show host. She has guests like E.L James, the author of the Fifty Shades trilogy and other non-consequential celebrities, unlike her interviews for CBS where she interviewed people like President Obama, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton.

Did she sell out?

She recently had Tyra Banks on her show to talk about “the culture of cruelty.” This upsets me because I think Tyra Banks prolongates the culture of cruelty with America’s Next Top Model. While her show is fun to watch, it impacts the teenagers who watch it and see Banks telling a girl who is 5’6″ and 130 pounds that she is too short and overweight. Banks’ unrealistic perception of what short and overweight is hurts the girls who watch the show who are average size.

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2 Responses to “Katie Couric and Tyra Banks”

  1. brittanyposey22 October 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    I think that she did sell out a little. She is pandering to the public’s want to entertainment news. Most journalists do this today! It’s sad because the art of journalism is diminishing because of it. So many Americans know nothing about the political state of our country. We need more journalists delivering news that is actually important. I feel like she probably made this move for financial reasons. However, I don’t know if I could blame her. I would like to say that I would chose integrity over the money but you don’t know how you would react until you are in the shoes of someone else.

  2. clairekochmer October 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Going along with what Brittany said, I think that it is sad that this is a choice that most female journalists face. I think that it shows how sexist our media truly is. Men do not often face this tough decision between covering news stories that are inconsequential or accepting lower pay to do what they really want with their journalistic ability.

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