Katie Couric on Diane Sawyer: ‘I Wonder Whom She Blew This Time’

In a juicy brand brand brand new tell-all book, Couric comes across as brash, striving, and self-absorbed, and Sawyer is just a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic.

Lloyd Grove

Editor in particular

The Everyday Beast

For Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour, the minute of facts are planning to arrive—or at the least a book-length facsimile thereof.

News professionals and system publicists have now been distracting by themselves out of this summer time’s seriously depressing or elsewhere world that is alarming by moving around and poring over bound galleys regarding the Information Sorority, veteran journalist Sheila Weller’s gossipy chronicle of this rise (and periodic stumbles) of three of tv news’ best-known ladies.

In Weller’s narrative—which, as the subtitle indicates, aspires to report “the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV Information”—Couric comes down as brash, striving, self-absorbed, and sporadically insensitive towards the realities faced by her less well-compensated colleagues, yet steeled by personal tragedy (the cancer-related fatalities of her spouse and her cousin) and effective at big-hearted generosity.

Sawyer is really a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic who makes use of her seductive charm and visual appearance to professional advantage and torments news producers along with her relentless perfectionism and insecurity—an obvious result of a fraught relationship along with her judgmental, solid mom (whom once delivered the adult Sawyer in to a self-flagellating death spiral, Weller writes, whenever she criticized just exactly how her television celebrity child had made her bed).

Amanpour may be the reigning queen of this warzone, more actually courageous and resourceful than her male peers in perilous combat circumstances, however with a sometimes off-putting feeling of ethical superiority which, along side her posh accent that is british sometimes renders her brittle and inaccessible to American audiences—a element which seemingly have hampered her profession.

All three, in Weller’s account, are excellent reporters that have risen up to the top their career through sheer skill, minds, and work that is hard a business whoever tradition, even yet in the 2nd decade regarding the twenty-first century, stays a lot more than vestigially sexist. Within one representative anecdote, CBS Information Executive Vice President Paul Friedman publicly muses on an open audio line about which wildbuddies mobile feminine anchor appears worse without makeup—Sawyer or Couric.

“I happened to be blown straight straight back in my own seat,” a producer that is female Weller. “What made it happen state about a guy in senior administration he didn’t understand he should not say that, of their boss [Katie], out loud?”

The book that is expansive which operates to 471 pages sans index (the part which will truly function as the most closely look over by people when you look at the biz), won’t become officially for sale until its Sept. 30 launch date. But Weller and her publisher, Penguin Press, have already been working overtime to build buzz—along with an amount that is fair of publishing things on Facebook and dispersing very very early copies to preferred news outlets, like the everyday Beast.

*When Sawyer had been up for a work at CBS Information’ Washington bureau after years within the press workplace in the Nixon White House after which assisting the disgraced previous president with their memoirs in San Clemente, Dan Rather suggested CBS Information President Bill Small: “Don’t employ her!” Instead later admitted he’d been wrong.

*Sawyer’s longtime live-in boyfriend, investment banker (and previous and future diplomat) Richard Holbrooke (whom later hitched journalist Kati Marton), “did the dirty work with her,” a CBS staffer states, “and he drove everybody crazy… He would phone the administrator producer [of the CBS Morning Information] each day to state, ‘Why doesn’t Diane do have more doing?’…”

*When 60 Minutes impresario Don Hewitt hired Sawyer for the plum perch on their Sunday that is top-rated show a prominent CBS producer explained her fast increase in this manner: “You gotta understand—the guys who own and run the networks all have the shiksa disease.”

*When Sam Donaldson, Diane’s internally popular co-anchor on ABC’s Primetime mag show, came back from prostate cancer tumors surgery and did an actually grueling story of a survivalist surviving in the backwoods, certainly one of Weller’s ABC Information sources says, “Diane called everyone and said, ‘That had been a truly terrible piece—let’s make certain it does not take place once again.’”

*Sawyer’s famous rivalry with Barbara Walters for ratings-grabbing meeting topics ended up being comparable to mortal combat. “Barbara and Diane had been determined to destroy each other—to wipe each other from the face of this earth,” claims an ABC Information staffer.

*After toiling at NBC Nightly Information and making to publish a novel as he didn’t have the professional producer’s work, Ben Sherwood angled to operate Good America, where Sawyer was the lead anchor in the early 2000s morning. “Ben, who had been as cunning and seductive as Diane, actually wooed Diane,” says an insider. “He had written her email messages…‘Why did you do this?’ ‘ right listed here is where i believe you’re going incorrect.’ That’s exactly how he wormed their method in.”

*After only half a year of operating GMA, Sherwood left the work, formally to look after an ailing parent, but really because Sawyer had lost faith in him. “Ben is simply therefore weak,” she said independently.

*Sherwood fundamentally came back as president of ABC Information, having charmed community chief Anne Sweeney and Disney Chairman Bob Iger. “But now he wasn’t beholden to Diane,” claims a Sherwood pal. “With Ben, I don’t think he provides a rat’s ass” what Sawyer wants. “Ben’s gonna place it to her. She will spend dearly. She might have met her match in Ben.”