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Katie Couric Slammed in New Tell-All Book – Diane Sawyer, Christiane Amanpour, Too

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 10:27 AM

Katie Couric is profiled in a forthcoming tell-all book about powerful women in the news industry, and the portrait is not always flattering. Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour also get a good going over.

The Daily Beast got a hold of an advance copy of "The News Sorority," which contains a claim that Couric was prone to hurling sexually explicit insults at those who upset her.

After Sawyer scooped Couric on an interview with 57-year-old who'd given birth to twins, Couric was allegedly overheard saying, "I wonder who she **** this time to get it."

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The gossipy book, penned by Vanity Fair and New York Times contributor Sheila Weller, hits shelves Sept. 30.

"For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism, until finally three — Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour — broke through, definitively remaking America’s nightly news," the book blurb states.

"Ambition, skill, and character . . . enabled these three singular women to infiltrate the once impenetrable 'boys club' and become cultural icons."

Throughout the book the three women are compared and contrasted to each other, as well as other female journalists like Barbara Walters.

Couric and Sawyer's rivalry are chief among the book's revelations, and some of the juiciest insider stories come from the era in which they were hosting rival morning shows — shows infamous for their intense competition for ratings.

Couric was hosting NBC's "Today" show while Sawyer was at ABC's "Good Morning America," and it was not uncommon for them to fight over guests.

"When a friend of Diane's, a public figure, was being pursued by Katie's people, the wooed eminence got a call from [Diane’s husband, the famed director] Mike Nichols, who said — in a very nice way, to be sure — that he and Diane would essentially cut off all social contact if their friend appeared on 'Today,'" Weller writes in one passage of the book.

Another source, an ABC staffer, said of the Sawyer/Walters competition that, "Barbara and Diane were determined to kill each other — to wipe each other off the face of the earth."

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Katie Couric is profiled in a forthcoming tell-all book about powerful women in the news industry, and the portrait is not always flattering. Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour also get a good going over.
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