Citing Wins by 'Fringe Candidates,' Couric Regurgitates Concern Moderate Republicans Becoming an 'Endangered Species'
Published: 9/16/2010 7:55 PM ET
Following a story on how "big primary victories by fringe candidates open a rift in the GOP," in which Jeff Greenfield warned "moderate Republicans worry that if the Tea Party movement drives the GOP too far to the right, it could jeopardize their prospects in November and in 2012," CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric fretted: "Does this mean moderate Republicans are becoming an endangered species?"
Hardly an original thought, however, from Couric. From a quick perusal of the MRC's archive, I discovered that on NBC's Today show back in 2005 she worried about whether "the religious right has too much influence on the Republican Party" and, after listing some non-conservative positions held by "moderate Republican" Senator Arlen Specter, empathized with him: "Do you feel like an endangered species these days?" (Specter, of course, a few years later fled the GOP for the Democratic Party where he was promptly defeated in their primary.)
Couric teased Thursday's newscast by characterizing conservative Republican winners as "fringe" players: "The party crashers. Big primary victories by fringe candidates open a rift in the GOP."