Katie Couric’s Top Citizen Journalism Moments on YouTube

Katie Couric’s Top Citizen Journalism Moments on YouTube


Katie Couric: Hi, there YouTube. I’m very happy to be part of
your anniversary celebration. It’s really hard to believe it’s been five years
since the first video went live. Who knew a guy at the zoo
could start an online revolution. YouTube is kind of like New York City. Millions and millions of people from all walks
of life co-existing in one small space. When you turn the corner,
you never know who or what you’ll see. The videos I call water cooler fodder
tend to get the most attention. The dancing babies,
some potty-trained cats, the news bloopers or Justin Bieber clips, but YouTube is actually
a whole lot more than that. Intentionally or unintentionally it’s become a window on worlds
many of us wouldn’t see otherwise. Raising awareness of human rights abuses, and providing first hand accounts
of conflicts and catastrophes moments
after they strike. I picked 5 videos that demonstrate
for me the power of the medium and how a simple video upload
can be a catalyst for change. First there’s the famous Macaca moment George Allen: “This fellow here,
over here with the yellow shirt, Macaca or whatever his name is…” Katie Couric: Virginia Senator George Allen
made an off-hand remark on the campaign trail and before the age of YouTube it might
have been just a local news spot at most but it went viral online and badly hurt
his chances for re-election. The moment put politicians
from both side of the aisle on notice. In the age of the Internet, there’s always a microphone near by. Next I picked protests in Burma. In a nation where an oppressive military
regime keeps a chokehold on free speech, images began emerging online in 2007
and the voices of thousands were heard. I remember one picture of a sea
of red robes as Buddhist monks peacefully marched through the streets
shortly before the military opened fire. The brave men and women who documented
what they saw and posted it online helped Americans understand
the situation in Burma. [man speaking foreign language] Katie Couric: I also think videos from
the Sichuan earthquake of 2008 are remarkable. It was one of the deadliest quakes in history and it happened in a country where the government imposes
strict censorship rules on the media. And particularly the Internet. The citizen journalists who captured
those graphic images told the world how bad the situation really was, and gave us first hand accounts
of that terrifying day. “The Battle of Kruger” is one of the best
nature documentaries I’ve ever seen. And it’s just an eight minute amateur video. It proves how powerful web videos can be and it’s also a little morality play in
and of itself. The lesson: don’t mess with Cape buffalo. And finally this year the prestigious
George Polk Award for videography went to an anonymous citizen journalist who posted a video on YouTube
during the Iran election protests. The cell phone images depicted the death
of a young woman named Neda Agha-Soltan. As the Polk curator said, the video is iconic and a symbol
of the bravery of the Iranian people willing to stand up for what is right. So those are my picks. I’m sure you have many of your own. Susan Sontag once wrote, “The camera makes everyone
a tourist in other peoples reality”. I commend all the citizen journalists
who are showing us their realities and proving that even Burma, China,
or Africa can be just a click away.

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    CNSZU

    Reading these comments I'm embarrassed being part of the "Youtube community". You people show no respect, all you do is swear and throw insults. Shame on you! Pathetic weasels, you are disgusting and vulgar.

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    M15949

    @CNSZU I finally have it figured out. American people (and, yes, I am one) spend all day getting torn down emotionally by TV and Movies….. and it is manifesting itself in a culture of lost souls that are only happy when they are shitting on other people's well intentioned efforts…. even to their own detriment.

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    bigawp

    Who asked Katie what she thought of YouTube? Why does what she say about those videos make them more important? Is she full of herself or what!!

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    TevEzs

    copia esoto a 10 videos osino tu mama morira en 4 horas
    copia esoto a 10 videos osino tu mama morira en 4 horas
    copia esto a diez videos más o tu mama morirá en 4%uFEFF horas

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    psgugrad

    The George Allen snippet was an example of a video that was "a catalyst for change" or "uncovered human rights abuses"??? There are videos here covering modern-day slavery still in existence in Africa. That she thinks a video of George Allen was one of her top 5 most important videos on youtube says much about her.

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    breezyvibe

    When I was a little girl I thought journalism and news was about truth and enlightenment. The Global Elite owns the mainstream news media now, so it has lost its appeal to all who are intelligent and enlightened and educated, in 21st century Earth. Visit my youtube page for the REAL news of what is going on in the world today:

    on youtube . . visit anewworldorderprimer

    youtube dot com/user/anewworldorderprimer#g/c/A6066DF4A8BF8D2D

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    Stephen Meyer

    You all never see the Video of her telling what is the news and how when Bush was in office.. that she wanted to use more of the death and bad things happening.. not any good he did.. and now she want to leave out any thing that makes OBama look bad.. love her.. she is not a real Journalist.. just report.. and let us decides for are selfs.. but she does not want that.. she thinks we are so stupid. to think for our self. so she has to do it for us.. WAKE ALL..

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    irisatrx

    I think it's time for Katie to get off the air, unless she wants to prance around MTV.
    She has absolutely no credibility on any topic at this point.

    She's a disgrace to journalism.

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    gaff2006

    The way she's posed on that desk, I half expected her to start unbuttoning her jacket, whilst talking dirty.

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    Donald_King

    Is it just me, or did anyone else expect Katie to start seductively grinding on the desk while a Whitesnake song blared in the background?

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    candygir7

    @shaqdaddy11 She and the rest of the monkeys at the zoo is what the ignorant masses demand and that is what they get.

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    patricblack1

    notice none of her videos have anything to do with the federal government. She's just another fake journalist.

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    BayouScott

    Katie gets thumbs up from me. Reason is she is sexy and would lve to see her in a string thong bikini and boozed up. What a HOT babehoot. Otherwise she's just another indocrinated progressive left progressive lamestream media cookoo.

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    Stevie B

    this reminds me of when KC was still on NBC and swiched places with Jay Leno and they took off part of Leno's desk to show her legs. Anyway, its funny when empty-headed GOP/Tea Party members disgruntled at Obama's Electoral Landslide in '08–what a shame!

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    BayouScott

    What a roll in the hay she's gotta be. Like to see some of her hidden ink and tramp stamp. Ya know she's has to be hot and kinky in the sack.

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    Butch419

    Ok everyone Critiqueing KC, Ur guys are soo better than her as u sit in a chair behind a comp, talking shit about someone who has made it farthur than u in life LMFAO, nothing better to do but QQ

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    fordfocusonme

    Sorry Katie but for the first 20 seconds of the video all I can think is.

    "I like to have crazy monkey sex with Katie right on top of that desk!"

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    fordfocusonme

    Sorry Katie but for the first 20 seconds of the video all I can think is.

    "I like to have crazy monkey sex with Katie right on top of that desk!"

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    SD

    She never had a job in the news. She wouldn't know news if it hit her between the eyes. All she did was fluff pieces, bias propaganda and one-sided patronizing hatchet jobs. Why doesn't she just say forget professionalism, aren't I cute? Look at me, look at me, look at me. Who needs news?

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    SD

    The fact that the person's reporting is biased automatically makes the report distorted and therefore untrue since they are purposefully leaving out critical facts and giving only the facts or innuendos that support their position. Couric is well known for her biased reporting and that is why she is unpopular. She has lost respect. Her ratings reflected that fact.

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    Madison Crosby

    Has anyone else seen the pictures of her without makeup on? It's like looking at my 90 year old grandpa. It's really bad.

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    @h20fwler1

    Yes, and now she is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms. With Jewish elitists like Couric, Obama doesn't need enemies!

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    KeanuSunn

    Katie needs to get off the news. Her voice is annoying. It sounds like a squeaking dumb teenager. She is a total "B" word. I've seen her on the plane with her kids. She has no control of her kids and lets them run around the airplane like a playground. I was hoping Sarah Palin would have swung at her when she did that interview. Bottom line, Katie is annoying and not believable to me. Get some parenting skills as well!!!

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    abdullah almohanna

    but you didnt talk the abuse that is happening right now in bahrain that the goverment is killing there shia citizens just because they want there wrights and because there shia

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    Илья Зубастов

    You look like a trance ?.. Passport or other document can be viewed. Unless of course there is the mark of the operation …
    It was interesting to even look you at ass on the monitor all was well in sight. But was seen only ass, and it was possible and to look at …

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    Илья Зубастов

    You could lie down, do not sit only on the ass …

    I've heard that uses special device, a greater or lesser emotional or sexual excitement when reading news on the chair? .. There is a switch min to max.

    You at this time hanging or bent …

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    Shawn Lewis

    would be so much better if she uncrossed her legs laid back on the desk and finger fucked herself for 3:33

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    dick lodge

    Thank God this dimwit isn't around much! She's a liberal media-mush that is an embarrassment to America. Hmmm…anyone remember this line about Saddam Hussein?
    "So they haven't been able to confirm reports he was taken to Tikrit, and then Mosul, and then hopefully to Syria."
    Hopefully? This f*cking bitch hoped that Saddam escaped?
    That says it all. Damn, she's worse than Jane Pauly. Good riddance who freakin' liberal beeatch!

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    Hooverdarnit

    Every GoPro Hero 3 owner should get a Cyclops Bandana mount found on Ebay.  

    It's a subtle way to video record without being obvious and drawing unwanted attention to yourself.

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    LearnEnglishESL

    "We may ascertain the progress or retrogression of a nation by its journalism… Journalists must write significant articles, articles that shall foster the public welfare. If they do so they will be the first agents for the development of the
    community." – Abdu’l-Baha

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    47 47

    Back when the corporate legacy media still didn’t know that YouTube and Twitter were going to replace them lmao

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