Monday, April 15, 2024

Katie Couric Calls Ex Ohio Governor John Kasich “A Tool” for Demeaning Her Job at Yahoo News


I kind of love Katie Couric’s book, “Going There.” She’s unsparing and mean to everyone. She doesn’t give a hoot. She’s had it. She’s 65, has money, is married to a rich guy, and figures, why not?

I wish I could do that.

In “Going There,” she devotes a chapter to her short stint at Yahoo News, how stupid and out of touch the people were, and how Marissa Mayer was maybe the most oblivious CEO she ever met. LOL. I get it. For years I’ve tried to make contact with people at Yahoo News only to be ignored. So Katie isn’t wrong.

At one point while she was there, Yahoo News became known as Oath, which Katie observes is close to “Oaf.” I agree.

Anyway. She says she couldn’t get Mayer to give her any resources or pay attention to her. That when Katie wanted to big names for Yahoo News, she had  no leverage and that Mayer didn’t care to help her. She says when she finally had lunch with Mayer it was at the decrepit Le Bonne Soup on West 55th St., a place that should have closed in 1990. (The main media restaurant, Michael’s, is right down the street. Katie must have been fuming to meet in such a dump!)

Katie writes: “I’d later learn this was Marissa’s MO. Not returning emails (and certainly not anything as old-school as a phone call), showing up for dinners with clients when they were already on dessert, leaving powerful people waiting for hours outside her office. Apparently there was a long line of major players who’d left the sprawling Yahoo campus in Sunnyvale, California, feeling less sunny than irate.”

Mayer’s dismissive treatment of her meant Katie couldn’t get interviews with big shots like Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump, or even former Ohio governor John Kasich. On two separate occasions she tried to interview him.

Each time, Kasich asked her:

“Katie, can I ask you a question? You used to be the anchor of the CBS Evening News— now you’re with Yahoo News. What is that like for you?” Twice he did that.

Couric writes: I’d just about had it with this tool. “I don’t know, Governor Kasich,” I said. “You used to be running for president of the United States, and pretty soon you’re going to be out of a job. What is that like for you?”

Well played. I hope she really said to him, too. (PS Mayer eventually got fired for almost burning Yahoo down, and things haven’t improved since then.)

“Going There” is on sale now at independent book stores and amazon, too.

PS I hear Katie had a swell book party last night hosted by former mayor Mike Bloomberg. (Our invite was probably in spam.)


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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