Ok, so it looks like it's Katie Couric to the CBS anchor chair. Do you care?
Philly blogger and barrister Adam Bonin, of A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago, doesn't:
"Even if we'll all concede that this matters in terms of a glass ceiling breaking moment, will this matter in terms of your life?
When was the last time you watched a network evening news show? (And relatedly, does the anchor determine which channel you'll watch for breaking news?)
Was it a switch in the seat that hiked CBS's numbers by 740,000 viewers in the year since veteran correspondent Bob Schieffer took over for anchorman Dan Rather? What does it say that so many more people tuned into a glitzless, trusted journeyman?
One of ALOTTFMA's readers, named KCosmo, replies:
I have not watched the evening news -- or any network news with the exception of the occasional first ten minutes of the Today show -- in years. Maybe decades. But I would make a point of watching Couric at least a few times. I'm still probably likely to watch CNN in a crisis, as I have ever since Gulf War I, but I'd at least consider CBS.
Another of the blog's commenters, CG, wrote of never watching the evening news. So did one named Ticky. And Gretchen, "unless I'm in a retro phase." Found one faithful Eye watcher there, Kevbo Nobo, who wrote: "I have actually viewed the CBS evening news off and on for quite some time, perhaps out of nostalgia for Walter Cronkite."
Who's been gone for a quarter century (March, 6, 1981).
PSOTD, formerly Political Site of the Day, describes Couric's leaving NBC's Today Show as "Great news for the Today Show."
Suburban Guerrilla headlines news of Couric's expected move with an ironic, "Mission Accomplished:"
As little as I watch network news, when I do watch it, it's usually CBS. But with Katie "Navy SEALS Rock!" Couric at the helm, I won't watch at all.
This is a little like shooting fish in a barrel, checking what the blogosphere is saying about the prime time move. One would assume there is a natural, new-media antipathy toward something as passe, pasteurized and profit-driven as network news. But my methodology was innocent enough: check the most recent posts about Couric on the Philly Future news aggregator, which collects posts from a few hundred Philadelphia-area bloggers.
So, to find someone saying something nice somewhere, I had to turn outside of Philadelphia. I ran the same search on Technorati. (I did get stopped by that video of the Italian prime minister sampling a local delicacy. Good morning!)
First post: "Sign Of The Apocalypse #30: Katie Couric heads to CBS." Isn't that a little heavy handed?
No, says liberal blogger Michael J.W. Stickings:
This isn't about the news, not about broadcasting integrity or excellence. It's about entertainment. It's Network. We've known this all along, of course, but now it's just so transparent. And so grotesque. Consider this: "Couric's pending departure has been the focus of intense media speculation, both because of her celebrity and the historic nature of the move." ...
Other than her celebrity, which is what this is about, is this 'historic?' Well, it's different. No woman has ever hosted a nightly network news broadcast by herself. Fair enough. But then why not hire Couric's possible replacement at Today, Meredith Vieira, currently co-host of The View? She's a former 60 Minutes correspondent "with deep roots in network news." Well, because she's not enough of a celebrity, because she's not a celebrity of Couric's caliber.
Ok, one last try. I'm going to a conservative site. Let's try Pajamas Media. They choose a cheery head, "The Death of Network News:"
"Predictions were that the retirements of the "Big 3" (Jennings, Brokaw and Rather) would lead to the death of the traditional nightly newscast. That was wrong, but this just might do it," Cori Dauber writes at RantingProfs upon reading that Katie Couric may be the anchor of CBS nightly network news show.
I still won't watch. Even if I get home in time, I've got better things to do that sit for half-and-hour listening to an evening newscast summary (I don't watch, since I'm puttering around cleaning litterboxes, watering the plants, baking bread, and doing other things).
If you watch an evening newscast with a stopwatch and a clipboard, there's more non-news content than news content. Commercials, teasers, graphics, intros, promos for other programs, and outtros are a lot of cereal filler in that hot dog, and there's more non-news content being added every day.