Sexism more common than racism in America: Katie Couric

July 23rd, 2008 - 5:18 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, July 24 (ANI): American journalist Katie Couric has revealed she and Sen. Hillary Clinton are victims of sexism, which is more common in the country than racism.

While talking about her struggle succeeding as a news anchor, Couric told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that sexism is more prevalent than racism.

“I find myself in the last bastion of male dominance, and realizing what Hillary Clinton might have realized not long ago: Sexism in the American society is more common than racism, and certainly more acceptable or forgivable,” New York Daily News quoted her as saying.

“In any case, I think my post and Hillary’’s race are important steps in the right direction,” she added.

Couric talked about her struggles in the anchor chair and how the job changed over time from what she was hired to do to what she’’s doing now.

However, defending Couric, her spokesman said that something may have been “accidentally lost in the translation” of the newswoman’’s interview.

“Katie wouldn”t, and didn”t, say sexism is more prevalent than racism,” he said. “Her point was sexism seems more tolerated than racism,” said the spokesman.

Couric took over the “CBS Evening News” in September 2006. After a brief viewership, ratings fell and the show was back in third place, where it had been before she was hired.

Since then, she’’s been under constant media scrutiny with reports that talks were going on behind the scenes to move her out and that she’’s unhappy but Couric has denied the reports.

“I have no plans to leave anytime soon,” she said. “I”m very committed to the people here and the product.” (ANI)

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