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2006-08-30 - 11:14 a.m.

Not much to report today. Life is quiet. Cipro percolating through my bloodstream, keeping it all where it should be.

But there IS this:

NEW YORK (AP) No, Katie Couric didn't suddenly lose 20 pounds. The incoming "CBS Evening News" anchor appears significantly thinner in a network promotional magazine photo thanks to digital airbrushing.

The touched-up photo of Couric dressed in a striped business suit appears on the inside of the September issue of Watch! which is distributed at CBS stations and on American Airlines flights.

CBS News President Sean McManus said he was "obviously surprised and disappointed when I heard about it."

The original picture was snapped in May and was widely circulated to the media as an official photo of Couric.

Couric, 49, said she hadn't known about the digitally reworked version until she saw the issue. The former NBC "Today" show host told the Daily News, "I liked the first picture better because there's more of me to love."

Gil Schwartz, executive vice president of communications for CBS Corp., said Wednesday in a phone interview the photo alteration was done by someone in the CBS photo department who "got a little zealous."

But he dismissed any notion of heads rolling over the matter.

"I talked to my photo department, we had a discussion about it," Schwartz said. "I think photo understands this is not something we'd do in the future."

He said the photo department "services tens of thousands of photographs every year" for all parts of the company and that it "does a fantastic job."

"The article that accompanies the picture is very responsible, very interesting," he added.

I think CBS is working way too hard to push Couric. She's done these "town-hall" type meet-and-greets...and then it was revealed that they were scripted. Now they have a retouched photo by a "zealous" employee...who won't be punished, it seems.

I don't particularly care, since I don't watch network news anyway. But it sure seems like CBS is trying to put a happy face on the news.

Whatever happened to anchors being actual reporters, instead of just talking heads?


One more week before all the schools have started.

And it looks like I'll top ninety hours this check.

I may be able to indulge a little, come mid-September.

So's looking good.


Be seeing you.


3 comments so far

aliannmil - 2006-08-31 06:44:14 -
No insult intended. I was so thrilled to find another well thought out, entertaining diary that spoke with what appeared to be Brin's voice I thought it was her. I didn't think she was "in disguise" just a different flavor. It makes sense that it would be you (I should have clicked the yang on Brin's site but I am busy enough reading my current diaries I sort of avoid finding new ones). Please accept my apologies. I'm sure I will be enjoying your site as much as I do Brin's.


Brin - 2006-08-31 10:27:38 -
I can't presume to speak for Dave, but my best guess is that neither of us are insulted if we're mistaken for one another. Well, unless of course somebody has met us both in person. But even -that's- funny, because a lot of the time, people think we're brother and sister! We're going on twenty years of friendship, and you know what they say, the longer people are close, the more they resemble one another.


Dave - 2006-08-31 20:29:34 -
And, actually, I'm not the Yang to her Yin. That's a different friend of hers. Sorry. :)


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