It’s a battle of the female news anchors in veteran journalist Sheila Weller’s tell-all book, “The News Sorority,” which outlines the fiercely competitive careers of Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour. Though the book doesn’t hit shelves for a full month, its revelations are prematurely exploding everywhere.
The Daily Beast published some highlights, and perhaps the most shocking is how Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer allegedly fought for exclusive stories:
“When Diane beat Katie on an interview with a 57-year-old woman who’d given birth to twins, Katie mused aloud, according to a person who heard the comment: ‘I wonder who she blew this time to get it.’”
Along with that revelation comes the ones that Sawyer and Barbara Walters were determined “to wipe each other off the face of the Earth,” and Couric wooed Walter Cronkite over dinner after landing her job with CBS.
The Daily Beast author wrote that ABC News sources dismissed the book’s portrayal of Sawyer, and former ABC News President David Westin said Weller did “no fact checking” with him, but added “it seems to me like ancient history, whether fact or fiction.”
The 471-page book, published by Penguin Press, which has teased bits on its Facebook, is available Sept. 30.