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Why I refused to date Katie Couric

UPDATE: I now agree with liberals on various issues (for example, see my group of articles on siding with liberals, doing the right thing, and helping people survive the economic crisis). I reread this posting years after I wrote it during my staunchly conservative days, and I still agree with everything I wrote here, but not on some other postings I'll update when I have time. Incidentally, I don't think that Fox News is as fair and balanced as they claim; I proved this in another article.

A mutual friend offered to set me up on a blind date with Katie Couric several years ago. I suppose most men would jump at the chance. After all, she is attractive, intelligent, successful, rich, and famous. She's reputed to be perky, too. My answer?

No.

Our mutual friend then tried to change my mind by emphasizing that Katie is even more fun in real life than she is on television. My answer?

No.

Why would I rather sit at home alone on Friday and Saturday nights than date someone who is arguably one of the great catches of all time?

For the answer to that, let's fast-forward a few years to the 2008 Presidential campaign when Katie is interviewing Senator Joe Biden, the Vice-presidential candidate and running mate of Barack Obama. Biden said, "Part of what a leader does is to instill confidence, is demonstrate that he or she knows what they're talking about . . ."

Seconds later, Biden said, "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened . . .'"

FACT: Franklin Roosevelt was not President when the stock market crashed in 1929. Herbert Hoover was.

FACT: Neither Hoover nor Roosevelt communicated with Americans via television, a technology that was still experimental at that time.

FACT: Every student who isn't mentally challenged learns the above facts during elementary school and numerous times thereafter. History is hardly my forte and something I rarely read about, yet even I have read the above facts so many times that I cannot fathom how anyone with at least a room-temperature IQ could fail to know such elementary information.

Let's return to what Biden said: "Part of what a leader does is to instill confidence, is demonstrate that he or she knows what they're talking about . . ."

And you obviously don't, Senator.

Katie Couric is smart enough to instantly realize how Biden's remembrance of history was pathetically garbled, yet did she make an issue out of this?

No.

Sensing weakness on his part, did she move in for the kill and ask him a “gotcha” question, as she did with Sarah Palin?

No.

Now do you understand why I refused to date Katie Couric? She and other members of the liberal "mainstream" media gloss over shortcomings in liberal candidates, yet rabidly attack Republicans. When Barack Obama appeared on The View, all of the co-hosts except Elisabeth Hasselbeck gushed over Obama, behaving as if they were high school girls smitten by the captain of the football team. In contrast, when Senator John McCain appeared on that show, he was treated like dirt. Barbara Walters was so enraged that she couldn't look at McCain, even when she spoke to him.

I am not a fan of McCain, although I think that he would be a better President than Obama. Presidential candidates should be able to answer tough questions, so I don't object to anyone grilling McCain if Obama is given equal treatment. Just one problem: Obama doesn't receive tough questions -- except for the few that Bill O'Reilly asked during his short interview.

I refused to date Katie Couric because I ardently believe that all people should be treated fairly and equally. Katie Couric has a long history of going easy on liberals and going for the jugular on conservatives. Is this fair?

No.

Speaking of fairness, it may be unfair of me to divulge some inside information about Katie Couric that only her friends (and a few friends of her friends) know. Revelation of this fact might tarnish Katie's reputation. Might I go for her jugular and reveal this fact?

Stay tuned.

Update: Biden later gave us another glimpse into his brainpower when he said that "jobs" is a three-letter word. I can understand how someone might miscount the number of letters in a longer word, such as imbecile or simpleton, but how can he lack the mental horsepower to instantly recognize something so obvious? Of course, he was chosen by Barack Obama, a man who illustrated an even more alarming intellectual deficit by saying there are 58 states. Imagine the howls of laughter and endless derision if a Republican were to say anything even half that stupid!

Incidentally, if you're a liberal, don't attempt to excuse those mistakes by blaming them on fatigue. During my medical training, when I'd usually work over 110 hours per week, I was so tired when I left the hospital after being on-call with 40+ hours without sleep that I would sometimes go through an intersection and seconds later realize that I hadn't the slightest idea if the light I'd just passed was red, yellow, or green. Yet even then, had I discussed the number of US states, I know that I'd say 50. That tidbit is etched into my deepest memory banks, along with 2 + 2 = 4, and the mainstream media is biased.

The mainstream media creates the perception that liberals are more intelligent by magnifying Republican gaffes while ignoring even more tangible evidence of Democrat stupidity. In other words, what the mainstream media does isn't always journalism, it's often propaganda. I despise propaganda even when it emanates from someone who would otherwise be desirable, such as Katie Couric . . . well, she might be desirable, were it not for the dark little secret the public doesn't know about her. Behind her cute smile is something that's far less appealing. Go ahead and idolize her if you wish, but don't bother inviting me to join the Katie Couric fan club. She doesn't deserve it. I loathe her because the myths that she and other members of the mainstream media spread permit Democrats to lie with impunity because they know their propagandist friends won't take them to task. Hence, Katie is helping warp the political landscape in the United States.

Freedom of the press isn't constitutionally protected because our Forefathers thought it was important for lunatics to speculate about whether Sarah Palin actually delivered her baby or whether her husband is sleeping with their daughters, as some Martians have suggested. Instead, the men who framed the Constitution realized that a free press performed a vital function by serving as a watchdog over the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. An impartial press helps to keep government in check, curbing its tendency for excesses, fraud, waste, and abuse of power.

Just one problem: the mainstream press is no longer impartial, or anything close to it. Everyone with common sense knows they are enthusiastic cheerleaders for Democrats and pit bulls who loathe conservatives. We're all paying a price for the propaganda that passes as journalism these days, and it will only get worse. Just wait.

Update February 2009: Biden spoke of a “website number” instead of its address or URL.

Many people wonder why Biden says so many daffy things. Even Barack Obama must wonder about him, too. Biden is an odd amalgamation of intelligence and stupidity mixed with knowledge and ignorance, but even that does not fully explain why he says so many absurd things. As a doctor, I suggested one possible explanation for why Biden makes such a fool of himself.

The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”

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