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Sept. 15 2006 6:31 PM

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A White House press conference revisited.

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it seems to me that the problem isn't that she's a woman, it's that she acts like a girl. One who is used to getting her way by being cute. Daddy's little girl, perhaps. Or a poplular highschool cheerleader.

Even when she's being dignified, it feels like an act.

The position requires maturity, someone who feels like a woman rather than a girl putting on an act.

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Couric's style also proves bothersome to milbank, who feels viewers would be better served if "reporters…removed their personal melodrama and just stuck to reporting the story."

Then there are those who question the significance of the first female anchor as a cultural milestone. In an age of workaholics, asksrundeep, "Who gets home from work in time to watch the 6 o'clock news? I haven't seen the evening news in 18 years unless I was sick or home with someone sick." And with the proliferation of other forms of news media, notessempre, "It would have been important in the pre-cable days, it hardly matters now."

Our fixation on the messenger rather than the message brings criticism from shadowplayer:

Why do we care who delivers the news of the day? It's not as though a single one of them had anything to do with the events they describe, or any influence over the fact that those events occured…Katie Couric did not write her stories. Some team of news writers culled the most interesting bits of flotsam from the current events pond and packaged them up with a nice bow. So what?

Then again, her supposed spin would seem to matter a great deal to the conservative Media Research Center, which documents incidences of Couric's journalistic "liberal bias" throughout her career. Check out the dirt here. AC2:41pm PDT

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