'CBS Evening News' Anchor Couric Ridiculed Palin from Day One; Mocks Son’s Name

Want more evidence of an elitist vibe coming from the upper echelons of the mainstream media?

You ought to remember the Sept. 24, 2008 Katie Couric interview of Sarah Palin. It's been celebrated time and time again as a heralded part of American journalism. However, raw footage appearing to be from Aug. 29, 2008 shows that Couric, anchor of the "CBS Evening News," was already predisposed not to have a high regard for the Alaska governor long before that interview. (h/t Conservatives4Palin.com)

Outtakes of CBS's "Evening News" show Couric taking a few petty shots at Palin in her coverage leading up to the 2008 Republican National Convention. This five-minute clip has several highlights, showing Couric favoring "moose burgers and beauty pageants," instead of her professional credentials as mayor of Wasilla, a town Couric has trouble announcing, and her tenure as governor of Alaska.

Highlights include the following:

  • Couric mocking Palin's oldest son's name:  "Her oldest son, 19-year-old Track-Where the hell do they get these [names]?" [laughter] (1:09)
  • "She hunts, fishes and eats moose burgers. Her parents, Sally and Chuck Heath, were out hunting caribou when they got the news. You can't make this up - OK hold on a second. [laughter]" (1:43)
  • "I'm saying I'm glad you took out the feminine side because you can be feminine and play basketball, right Jerry?" (1:59)
  • Struggles with the pronunciation of the name of the town Wasilla. (4:05)

This isn't the first time Couric has been caught on camera and the footage leaked out. In 2007, footage of Couric openly mocking her predecessor Dan Rather found its way on the Internet.