She also raved over the Obamas when she wasn't on the White House lawn. In September of that year, Couric joined many in expecting an Obama victory before the International Olympic Committee.
"The Dream Team pushing Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic summer games is nearly complete," Couric cooed. "First lady Michelle Obama landed today in Denmark where Olympic officials are meeting. ... The team captain, meanwhile, President Obama, arrives Friday ahead of the final vote."
Couric didn't fail at this job or lack authority because she was the first female nightly news anchor. She lacked authority because she was such a blatant feminist and liberal activist. In her first weeks at CBS, she set the tone by attacking Rush Limbaugh as "certainly heartless" in mocking Michael J. Fox's ads for Democrats. She supportively interviewed Fox for eight minutes on his crusade for embryo-killing stem-cell research -- just as she had repeatedly loaned her celebrity to the movie star's foundation fundraisers.
Journalists hailed Couric for her pounding on Sarah Palin in 2008. As Folkenflik at NPR put it, she "earned praise" for how "her steady questioning style allowed Palin to reveal herself as uncertain, at times, of her bearing on policy issues," which earned Couric "a bevy of awards." But others saw it differently. She never, ever treated a Democrat this way.
Just days before, she hailed Joe Biden on the campaign trail.
"He's the close-talking, free-wheeling, ice-cream-eating Democratic nominee for vice president." His weakness for gaffes became a strength. "You say what's on your mind, and I think people appreciate that," she told Biden. "Have you found that you have to be uber-careful and disciplined in terms of being out on the campaign trail?"
No one imagines that Katie Couric's replacement at CBS means less liberalism. The leading candidate to replace her is Scott Pelley, who's been tougher on people he's compared to Holocaust deniers -- global-warming skeptics -- than actual Holocaust deniers, like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whom he asserted was "genuinely religious, genuinely humble" and "said to be absolutely incorruptible as well." The meltdown at CBS will continue.