MRC-TV: Bozell on FNC Discusses 'Evening News' Non-perky Ratings Under Couric

Earlier this morning on the Fox News Channel, MRC president and NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell talked to the gang at "Fox & Friends" about the poor ratings at the "CBS Evening News" since Katie Couric took the helm. Video Real (2.5 MB) or Windows (2 MB) plus MP3 (1 mb)

STEVE DOOCY, co-host: Katie Couric, who makes a lot of money, is just about 15 blocks from here. Her ratings have never been lower. What's going on?

BRENT BOZELL: Well, I mean, I wasn't Nostradamus when I said, as said others when she got the job, that she was going to fail. It's the wrong match. She's the queen, the master of morning talk shows with, because of her perky personality and the pop culture format. You put her on the "Evening News" where there's gravitas that is necessary. It's got to be far more serious. There wasn't a match there. And we knew there wasn't a match. It was going to be one of two things. Either they were going to change the whole format of the news to fit her, or it would fail because she doesn't fit in.

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BOZELL: She's not perceived as a serious journalist. Not in the realm of like Candy Crowley or Christiane Amanpour from CNN, or several other women who have built this reputation as being far more serious for news journalists.

Bozell was also on FNC last night. On the June 4 "Hannity & Colmes," Bozell discussed how conservatives are reacting to a plan being pushed by President Bush and some Democrats and Republicans in Congress to grant a form of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

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