Couric on Bailout Defeat: 'What in the World Are You People Doing?'
Do the media sometimes take a different tone with Republicans compared to Democrats? âCBS Evening Newsâ anchor Katie Couric does.
Couric interviewed House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the Sept. 30 âEvening News.â She cited liberal billionaire investor Warren Buffett and referred to Congress as âyou peopleâ in criticizing the governing body for rejecting the proposed $700 billion bailout of the financial sector.
âWell, Katie, I was there on the floor today urging members to support this bill,â Boehner said. âBut you have to understand that youâve got members on both sides of the aisle who are getting thousands of calls from their constituents saying, âDonât ever vote for this.ââ
Boehner explained to Couric his reasoning for supporting the bailout package.
âNow, I believe that itâs in the best interest of our country to pass this bill, and Iâve worked overtime over the last 10 days to try to find a way to protect taxpayers and to have this package passed because I think the risk to the American people, to our economy, is so important that we cannot fail to act, like we did today,â Boehner added.
Couric was a little more polite with Boehnerâs counterpart. Compare Couricâs tone with Leader Boehner to the one she took in a one-on-one interview with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 8, 2006.
âA lot has been made of the fact that you, if elected, and it appears that you will be, that you will be the first woman Speaker of the House and the highest ranking woman in the United States government,â a smiling Couric said in her last interview with Pelosi on âCBS Evening News.â
âIf there was a button that said âHell, no,â Iâd push it,â Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., said. âI hate to use a clichĂ©, but this falls into the category of throwing money at a problem and hope it works.â