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Friday, October 14, 2005

You be careful out there!

Now this is entertainment, folks. Just moments before the Today Show was to air a segment on the "staged" video conversation between President Bush and a group of soldiers in Iraq, the network got caught doing a little staging of it's own. Mark Finkelstein of NewsBusters has the story:

Today's timing couldn't have been worse. A preceding segment focused on the incessant rains and ensuing flooding in the northeast. For days now, beautiful, blonde - and one senses highly ambitious - young reporter Michelle Kosinski has been on the scene for Today in New Jersey, working the story. In an apparent effort to draw attention to herself, in yesterday's segment she turned up in hip waders, standing thigh-deep in the flood waters.

Taking her act one step further, this morning she appeared on a suburban street . . . paddling a canoe. There was one small problem. Just as the segment came on the air, two men waded in front of Kosinki . . . and the water barely covered their shoe tops! That's right, Kosinski's canoe was in no more than four to six inches of water!



To add to her embarrassment (and probably to save a little face themselves), hosts Katie Couric and Matt Lauer couldn't resist ribbing the reporter over her "shallow" stunt:

Matt: "Are these holy men, perhaps walking on top of the water?"

"Gee, is your oar hitting ground, Michelle?" inquired Katie, as she and Matt dissolved into laughter.


Absolutely classic!

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