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Sawyer Steps Up

By Jeanne McManus

It's wonderful that Diane Sawyer is now joining Katie Couric as a network news anchor. But I'm such a terrible cynic: I think that anytime women outnumber men in a profession it's a sign that men have abandoned it because there's not enough money or prestige in it anymore. That's why there are now more committed and dedicated women than men in med school but plenty more men on Wall Street. Of course there are also more men in white-collar prisons than there are women, so maybe this will work out for the best.

By Jeanne McManus  | September 2, 2009; 4:08 PM ET
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It is great whenever accomplished women are promoted in corporate America in line with their 51% census status.

After watching the Frost-Nixon movie and recalling Dianne's role at that time, I was a little concerned (she was Nixon's press secretary) although she seems to have developed more of the requisite apolitical journalist approach in her news broadcaster career. Chronkite and Murrow set the bar quite high but I think Sawyer could match their standards of excellence.

Posted by: vballboy60 | September 3, 2009 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Sawyer was, and still is a conservative repugnican hack. This is a big mistake ABC. You will pay dearly in the ratings.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | September 3, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what the male / female ratio is of news readers? It is not an important position, especially now that nearly all of today's news ideas are "borrowed" from print. Any universe of three - save the Holy Trinity - should be studied to detect trends or equality.

Posted by: oszone | September 3, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Why does a woman have to work for years on a fluffy morning news program to become an anchor? All the men worked as serious journalists and got anchorship as a reward for all of their good work or somesuch.

Someone like Lara Logan will never get this post. She is my biggest inspiration, though I will probably never have the guts to to anything half as dangerous as the things she does constantly.

Posted by: talkstosocks | September 3, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I stopped watching CBS long ago, but when Rather went and Couric came along, i thought OK-- let's see. Oops-- cute and perky little Katie didn't cut it. Simply no credibility.
Bryan Williams? Good God! He and his employer don't even try to hide their bias for All Things Obama.
Charlie Gibson is, for the most part, a serious, intelligent, pretty much " tell it straight " news reporter and had the only network news program I watched.
Now, with Sawyer taking his place, I will stop watching ABC, too. Sawyer tries so hard to look and act like a serious news reporter, but watching her reminds me of someone who is suffering from a horrible case of gas and heartburn.

Posted by: texda | September 4, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Who reads the news is of some small importance inasmuch as they put their face and their credibility on the line. Diane Sawyer is a good reader and good journalist. Perhaps she will take ABC's news to a vast audience and win praise. But let's not assume too much for the anchor chair.

Walter Cronkite is often cited as the greatest of all the anchors. But what helped and is seldom discussed about Cronkite was the crew that was his support - a group of veteran journalists who took great pride in their work and were committed to giving stories both meat and nuance. The news then was also considered too important to be a slave to the money-making machine of the programming department.

Until the American people again demand more solid reporting and less fluff and nonsense, who is behind the anchor desk will count for little. One doubts Ms. Sawyer will have the power to change that.

Posted by: kcbob | September 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Diane Sawyer is a pro and I am delighted that she was chosen for this anchor job.
Most of the media are very far left and simply ignore news from the center - where America lives.

Dian Sawyer will be a breath of fresh air. Of course she will have a good backup staff, as did Walter Cronkite. That, of course, is essential. She cannot be all places all the time but she can and will ensure that others do their jobs.

Posted by: Kansas28 | September 7, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

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