Couric Grills Viswanathan, World Cringes

For once, we actually missed a moment of the Today show yesterday, specifically the moment in which Katie Couric grilled Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan about the numerous passages in her book that seem to be plagiarized from the novels of Megan McCafferty. Couric busted out her angry-mom tone, asking Viswanathan how her parents must feel and criticizing her for thinking an apology might make this go away. Towards the end of the bitch-slappery, Couric mentioned Viswanathan's leave from Harvard and possible expulsion then asked, "Why did you want to come to the Today show?" "To tell the truth," responded Viswanathan. Couric's perky rage was visible.

All in all, excellent preparation for your "hard newswoman" role at CBS, Katie. Practice makes perfect!

Earlier: Gawker's Coverage of Kaavya Viswanathan