Instead of highlighting the cruelty of bullies and showing that despite bullying, smart girls can turn into smart and successful women, Couric seemed to want to turn the high school Hillary Rodham into nothing more than the slur used against her.
That's sad and it's lazy and it reinforces the tactics of those who never outgrew spiteful labeling. When I see adults use or accept derogatory labels against women like Clinton the only people they are making me dislike is them.
Girls who pay careful attention in class and who participate fully have unfortunately been turned by Couric into girls who are doing something wrong or hateful. That is a disservice to all girls and it sends the wrong message to bullies who don't pay attention in class and who don't participate and who then -- surprise, surprise -- get lower grades than the girls they taunt.
Blaming those who do the work to the best of their ability is far easier than taking responsibility for not doing the same. Couric should have learned this lesson from the attacks directed at her when she moved to CBS which came from people who couldn't do any portion of the work she has done.
Here's the video: