MRC/NB's Bozell on Hannity & Colmes Re Blogger Advocating Killing Rush; Couric's Slap
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In a profile of Couric in the July 16 edition of New York magazine, Joe Hagan relayed:
....Couric seems determined not to let anyone see her suffer, but according to several people familiar with the situation, she is privately frustrated ("Going through hell," says one producer) and moody about the ratings. The stress has caused her to blow up at her staff for small infractions on the set. During the tuberculosis story in June, Couric got angry with news editor Jerry Cipriano for using a word she detested -- "sputum" -- and the staff grew tense when she began slapping him "over and over and over again" on the arm, according to a source familiar with the scene. It had seemed like a joke at first, but it quickly became clear that she wasn't kidding.
"I sort of slapped him around," Couric admits. "I got mad at him and said, 'You can't do this to me. You have to tell me when you're going to use a word like that.' I was aggravated, there's no question about that." But she says she has a good relationship with Cipriano. "We did ban the word sputum from all future broadcasts. It became kind of a joke."...