Katie Couric had some advice for Gov. Sarah Palin:
"CBS anchor Katie Couric thinks Sarah Palin has a thing or two to learn about politics before she contemplates a White House run in 2012. 'I think she should keep her head down, work really hard and learn about governing. But I'm not anyone to give advice to anyone about anything,' she told Page Six at Glamour Magazine's 2008 Women of the Year Awards dinner at the Essex House."
Gov. Palin’s response:
"I'd say thank you, Katie Couric, for your advice. And I won't reciprocate in giving her any advice, that's for sure, because I have respect for her and the profession that she is in."
But, it turns out that Couric needs advice and actually asks for it. Before Couric’s interview with the Alaska governor, Couric turned to former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn and Richard Haass for help in prep. NewsBusters reports:
“Jeff Bercovici of Portfolio.com reported in a brief item that Couric revealed in a panel discussion that she boned up with anti-Palin foreign-policy advisors before interviewing the Alaska governor. Peter Kafka of All Things Digital featured this piece of the Bercovici report:
“‘Couric shed some light on her preparation for the interviews: Beforehand, she sought advice from former senator Sam Nunn and Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haas [actually, it’s Haass]. They told her to draw Palin out on her geopolitical worldview and urged her to let the governor speak at length without interrupting her. Maybe she should bring them along with her when she takes over at Meet the Press?’”
Couric continues to come in third out of three in network news. CBS might think about hiring regular advisers for her. Edward R. Murrow is turning over in his grave.