The personal is too personal

Katie Couric tunes out the fashion critiques.

Published August 15, 2006 6:38PM (EDT)

At a news conference yesterday, incoming CBS News anchor Katie Couric weighed in on her reaction to a summer in which, as Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz put it today, "[her] wardrobe has been analyzed by the Wall Street Journal, her makeup assailed in USA Today, her dating life examined by Parade magazine, her fitness for nightly news duty debated by columnists, cable combatants, bloggers and bloviators." Couric's response? "I'm really focused on work and trying to tune the other stuff out, because it could potentially drive you absolutely out of your mind." Oh, listen, it's already driven us out of our minds.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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