Katie Couric accused Diane Sawyer of trading sex to get stories, according to a new book "The News Sorority" written by Sheila Weller. Some highlights from the book were posted by The Daily Beast on Wednesday, August 27.
The quotes from the book read, "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 movie director husband] 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'."
The quotes continued, "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.' "
According to the book, Diane was at war with Barbara Walters. "Barbara and Diane were determined to kill each other-to wipe each other off the face of the earth," said an ABC News staffer who was quoted by Sheila.
While Katie and Diane's representative refused to comment on the allegation, a source close to Katie told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's sad that the author and her PR team continue to alienate their target audience by relying on classic anti-feminist caricatures, tabloid-like misrepresentations and outright falsehoods about these three extraordinary women. Thankfully all three of them have survived and thrived after dealing with far worse than a couple of gossip items."
Meanwhile, David Westin, former president of ABC News, told the Daily Beast, "Certainly she did no fact checking with us. It seems to me like ancient history, whether fact or fiction."