IT’S A DIRTY JOB, BUT SOMEONE’S GOT TO DO IT: Mickey Kaus defends Katie Couric: “It doesn’t bother me that Obama went to a mosque as a kid! I’m with the liberals who see it as a potential asset. It does bother me that Dem press watchdogs seem to be straining to brand anyone who mentions it (i.e. Couric) as a smear artist. . . And, yes, it’s also troubling that CBS panicked and changed Couric’s blog (rendering it near-senseless, as ETP points out). If that’s the post-Imus world–corporate news even blander than before, bland as school textbooks–I’m not enthusiastic. But it will be good for the blogs.”