Oh, that ruling class:
Rick Kaplan, her executive producer, says that “when she’s on the road—in Iraq with David Petraeus—she has a great way with people. People like her and she likes them. There are anchors who consider being on the road a pain in the butt. She really looks for opportunities to feel the earth and touch people.”
That’s why Couric has spent recent weeks in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms.
Coastal elites can get their news and opinion from Media Matters-approved sources such as NPR and the Huffington Post. Why would anyone else watch an network news anchor who’s so condescending to them? But then, ever since Paradise was Lost, oh, about five minutes after January of 2009, who isn’t?
Update: How smug have Democrats gotten? It’s so bad that even David Brooks has noticed.
Update: Melissa Clouthier on the Red Staters in the Mist aspect of Katie’s “listening” tour; James Lileks on middle America’s surprisingly uneasy relationship with a news reader whom regards them as little more than “hobnailed dirt-smeared dullards.”