News anchor Katie Couric of Yahoo News recently chimed in about fake news and was quickly chastised, with critics claiming her concern is too little and too late, especially considering she’s been accused of it.
In an interview released Thursday with New York Daily News, Couric said fake news is “tearing [America] apart at the seams.”
The anchor apparently doesn’t blame the mainstream media, however. She says the ability to produce and distribute convincing misinformation is to blame. She did say that news today is not straight reporting and veers into opinion, yet she thinks Americans don’t want “just the facts” anymore. Instead, the media should be interpreting the news.
“We’re not doing enough of a good job of breaking down complicated issues and helping people really understand them,” Couric reportedly said.
Twitter users quickly attacked, to include writing: “This is rich, Katie Couric the queen of ‘false editing’ is blasting Fake News. The left just doesn’t have any shame at all? Hypocrite!”
“I agree with you about fake news. No body does fake better than ‘Fakey’ Couric.”
This is rich, Katie Couric the queen of ‘false editing’ is blasting Fake News. The left just doesn’t have any shame at all? Hypocrite!
>— Deplorable (@4USAtoday) July 20, 2017
@katiecouric I agree with you about fake news. No body does fake better than “Fakey” Couric.
— Told Juh! (@EFQ67) July 21, 2017
In 2016, Couric created a documentary about gun control called “Under the Gun.” Participants cried foul when they noticed “deceptive editing.” Couric faced a $12 million lawsuit over the claims, but the case was dismissed in May.
Gun enthusiasts haven’t forgotten, though, and critics also contend that Couric faced similar charges regarding her 2014 documentary, “Fed Up.” One of the participants in that documentary also felt misrepresented. He said his 90-minute interview was cut down to a tiny fraction and what was left portrayed him incorrectly.
Back on Twitter, users continued to write about their distaste for Couric’s bashing of fake news. A brief sampling follows:
Guess she should know.
— Marilou Rabing (@lousluck) July 21, 2017
Quit reporting fake news then!
— Ceejae (@rokncrackerjack) July 21, 2017
If anyone knows about “fake news’ it’s Katie Couric.
— Linda Stricklin (@rmom65) July 21, 2017
Katie is the queen of Fake News. Not airing full responses in her stories and the spin. She needs a mirror and maybe meds.
— Julia L (@julialtiv) July 21, 2017
Oh stuff it Katie!
— NOT MY PRESIDENT (@mitzie1_pam) July 21, 2017
Katie Couric was born January 7, 1957. Although she currently serves as Yahoo! Global News Anchor, Couric has been a television host on ABC, NBC and CBS. She also worked for CNN as an assignment editor.
Katie Couric worked for NBC News from 1989 to 2006, CBS News from 2006 to 2011, and ABC News from 2011 to 2014. She also hosted Katie, a syndicated daytime talk show produced by Disney–ABC Domestic Television from September 10, 2012 to June 9, 2014.
Katie Couric’s first book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, was a New York Times best-seller. In 2004, Couric earned induction into the Television Hall of Fame.
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