The public flogging of veteran broadcast journalist Katie Couric began on Dec. 4, 2013, immediately after a 17-minute report on HPV and Gardasil vaccine was broadcast on her TV talk show “Katie.” It was kick-started by a west coast business writer, who administered the first lash with a bizarre take-down of freedom of the press:
“The real punch of the show was its portrayal of HPV vaccination as ‘controversial,'” he charged. “Merely to ask questions is to validate them.” He ended his rant with a sucker punch: “Katie Couric established her credibility as a spokeswoman for preventive medicine more than a decade ago… now she’ll be known for promoting junk medicine instead.”
“Is Katie Couric The Next Jenny McCarthy?”
Then, like piranhas in a fish tank full of fresh chum, an online clique of mean girls and bully boys let Katie have it right between the eyes.
“Is Katie Couric the next Jenny McCarthy?” sneered a headline for an article in which a cub reporter sharpened her claws on Couric’s credibility by hissing, “The damage a former Playboy Bunny has been able to do is bad enough. But Couric’s misdeeds are all the worse given that she’s taken much more seriously than Jenny McCarthy.”