Powers: “The Atmosphere Around Couric Has Turned Poisonous…”

By Brian 

William Powers uses reaction to the Couric/Edwards interview to declare:

  “There’s a reversal happening here. The politicians now seem relatively sane and well-adjusted, while the media people come off as needy egomaniacs. If the 2008 campaign were a stage play, somebody would be announcing: ‘The roles formerly played by Cronkite, Brinkley, and Jennings will be played by McCain, Giuliani, and Edwards. Richard Nixon will be played by Katie Couric.’

OK, it’s not that bad. But the atmosphere around Couric has turned poisonous. For a while, as her ratings surfed the bottom, she enjoyed some free-floating sympathy. But now the tone has shifted into the kind of popular animus normally reserved for corrupt public officials.”

Here’s the full column (via Romenesko)…