Couric, Gaffe-Ignorer?

Early this week, McCain and his legion of loyal supporters reveled at yet another one of Senator Biden’s blunders after his primetime interview with Katie Couric, “Joe Biden Behind the Scenes.” Here’s Biden:

When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, princes of greed. He said, “Look, here’s what happened.”

And while reporters jumped at the chance to call Biden out on his poor history background (we didn’t have television in 1929, nor was FDR president), no one even mentioned Couric’s own historical deficiencies.

Instead of correcting Biden on his historical gaffe, Couric’s chronicle of her up-close-and-personal time with Biden goes straight from the slip-up to Couric’s narration (“Relating to the fears of the average American is one of Biden’s strong suits”) that’s sprinkled with impassioned sound bites of Biden tugging on the heart strings of blue-collar workers.

Maybe Couric didn’t want to embarrass Obama’s talkative running mate. Or, maybe she just missed history class that day, too. Either way, it doesn’t seem quite fair to let her off the hook.

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Megan McGinley is an intern at CJR.