Revenge is a dish best served cold say the Klingons. So is it mere coincidence that the same week Katie Couric starts her new job as co-host of ABC′s ′Good Morning America′ that Sarah Palin will be a guest co-host on NBC′s ′The Today Show′, Katie′s old haunt? Yes, on Tuesday the ′Kat Fight′ begins as Sarah Palin declares ′Game On!′ to spoil Couric′s drive to recover her former fame and glory. Many attribute Palin′s demise as a Vice Presidential candidate in 2008 to an interview she did with Couric. But will the tactic work? Or will Palin face another Klingon proverb, ″tugh qoH nachDaj je chevlu ta!″ A fool and his head are soon separated!
Whether or not the timing of the appearances were planned is debatable. But the rivalry between GMA and Today is a long one and well known. Back when Katie Couric was on Today, Diane Sawyer joined GMA specifically with one objective in mind, to knock Couirc off the top of the pyramid. The animosity between these two women runs deep and sharp. Sawyer eventually won the fight, as GMA reached ratings levels that surpassed The Today Show. Not long after which, Couric left to become the anchor on CBS Evening News.
Couric bombed at CBS. Her ratings plunged lower than her neckline. Last year, CBS had enough and fired her. Of course, Katie claims that she left to ′pursue other opportunities′, celebrity-code talk for ′my career is in the gutter!′ The perky one rambled about here and there, but it was obvious that her only ′talent′ was to do fluff pieces on a morning TV show.
So on Tuesday, we will have a one-day battle royale as Sarah Palin co-hosts The Today Show while Katie Couric continues her first week on Good Morning America. Both shows have been losing audience shares as the cable TV programs like Fox & Friends and the Don Imus Show dominate morning TV news shows. Palin′s one-day stint may be just a prelude for bigger things down the road. A year or two rebuilding her popularity could help launch a presidential run in 2016. For Katie Couric, she is on the last leg career-wise before doing dinner theater at The Villages in Florida. She may want to consider another favorite Klingon proverb of mine, ″meQtaHbogh qachDaq Suv qoH neH!″ Only a fool fights in a burning house!