In this corner, the Perky One exemplifying female success February 2010:
Today, three weeks shy of 53, Couric looks tomboy terrific, that barely-made-up face betraying zero surgical workmanship, the fabled legs making those giant strides for women in black leather riding boots.
And in the other corner, Sarah Palin February 2010:
Beyond what her Fox-watchers and Facebookers can see, Ms. Palin is quietly assembling the infrastructure of an expanding political operation.
In the Harper’s interview noted above, Couric bragged that her Palin interview was the crown jewel of her career. Writer Phoebe Eaton gushed over Couric “peeling Sarah Palin like a raw carrot” during a “devastating” interview “which some believe” to have decided the election.
No word on who those some people are.
A year later, Couric is desperately trying to insist she’s not the one who killed CBS News:
[Perky] used to bother me because I thought there was a sexist undertone to that word. It meant shallow and cute, but not somebody who had any depth. It did become a pejorative word, but listen, it’s better than “bitchy.”
Some humble advice for Ms. Couric – maybe people thought you were shallow and cute because you dressed up like a Barbie doll in your office. And maybe women didn’t watch your news cast because they don’t need to watch you “peeling” another woman like a Mean Girl on the high school cheerleading squad.
Girls reading this, behold the true face of progressive feminism. Photograph yourself in a miniskirt and then whine because people see you as a woman in a miniskirt. Brag about the way you pwned another girl and then pout when people call you a bully. Insist on bringing a “new format” to your job to make things more girly, and then when your butt lands in last place, blame it on something else.
Sarah Palin got no gushy layout in Harper’s to show off her figure. She got no one like Phoebe Eaton fawning over her smarts. She was ridiculed, attacked, dismissed, and called a bad mother. And one year later, she’s the one who survived.
Put down the copy of Vogue and pay attention to what really influential women are doing.