Yahoo! Global News Anchor Katie Couric says Americans have come to a place where they no longer want “just the facts” and are looking for a more personal connection with reporters, according to an interview with New York Daily News.
Couric said she believes people are “looking for affirmation and not information” and hopes journalists start doing a better job meeting those needs.
“We're not doing enough of a good job of breaking down complicated issues and helping people really understand them,” Couric said. “[Americans] are so divided that it's hard for us to come up with solutions and find commonalities. And there's vitriol spewed by both sides at people who disagree with them.”
Couric also said fake news is “tearing [America] apart at the seams.”
“We need to be less judgmental and we need to listen,” Couric added. “It doesn't mean you shouldn't adhere to principles or fight for what you believe in. But you also need to acknowledge that people have different experiences and are coming from a different place.”
But instead of blaming herself and the mainstream media, Couric blames technology for making it easier to disseminate “misinformation.” However, she does admit that when it comes to the media reporting facts or stating opinions, the “lines have been blurred considerably.”
That is definitely something Couric has a lot of experience with. After all, she’s the one who deceptively edited her anti-gun documentary Under the Gun to make a gun rights group look like a bunch of clueless idiots, editing the footage in such a way that the group looked aimlessly at the ground and couldn't answer her question on background checks. Yet, Couric remained “very proud” of her film even after the group sued her for $2 million.