So what are the questions that faithful GetReligion readers would like to ask Katie Couric? You think I'm joking? Click here to head to the new Couric & Co. site:
"Dear Katie ..."
Is there a question you're burning to ask Katie? This is your chance. Send us an e-mail with your question -- one question per e-mail, please -- and over the next several days we'll sift through them and ask Katie to answer them.
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Questions must be serious and substantive. (But witty and substantive will also be accepted.) No questions about hair, makeup, shoes or wardrobe. Please. Pretty please.
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As you would expect, I am tempted to email in the tmatt trio. You may remember them.
(1) Are the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus accurate? Did this event really happen?
(2) Is salvation found through Jesus Christ, alone? Was Jesus being literal when he said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6)?
(3) Is sex outside of the Sacrament of Marriage a sin?
Yes, it is true that these are questions I use when trying to find out where Christian leaders fall on a doctrinal (not political) scale from left to right, from progressive to traditionalist. And, yes, the issue for a journalist is not what she believes, but how accurately she can cover the beliefs of others, including those with whom they strongly disagree.
Yet is is precisely where Couric's religious critics have faulted her in the past and I assume they are now watching her every move like hawks. Also, social, cultural and religious issues have long dominated most polls and debates about media bias.
I have to admit that I have not been watching the CBS Evening News lately. I would be interested in knowing if any major religion stories have been covered on her watch. I assume that the pope story drew some serious air time. Any comments from GetReligion readers?
Any questions that you would like to ask Katie? I would assume that the out-of-bounds instructions -- "hair, makeup, shoes or wardrobe" -- would also include questions about camera angles and legs.