They may have sold out in only five hours, but for those lucky enough to get a ticket, Katie Couric joined Marvin Kalb on Tuesday night for a discussion on democracy and the press.
Kalb focused their conversation on Couric’s recent trip to Iraq. The CBS anchor was able to share her opinions on the war, something that is traditionally discouraged in journalism.
“I’m frustrated most of the time because the fact of the matter is that the U.S. invaded,” she said.
Couric admitted that since her trip, she has gained a better feel for the area, but she says, she’s still no expert. “I don’t think that spending five or six days in Iraq will give you the answers to all of the questions,” she said.
Couric stressed that she felt skeptical at times of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but that the criticism of the press coverage isn’t always fair. She said, “I think that sometime we forget that the press is made up of human beings.”
Kalb also asked Couric about her opinion of her predecessor, Dan Rather, and how she felt about his recent lawsuit filed against CBS. “There were things in there that were quite egregious in terms of how it was reported,” she said. “And sloppy work is sloppy work…They did not dot their I's and cross their T's when it came to that story…And our job is to get right."
As the evening concluded, Couric’s final comments focused on how journalism is changing - from the atmosphere to the technology. On stage, she embodied some of the new change, and Kalb represented some of the old as he ended the program with Edward R. Murrow’s classic sign off, “Good night and good luck.”
- Mallory Thompson