This week network morning television programming battles it out as ABC's Good Morning America tries to eclipse NBC's Today in a ratings war. Katie Couric, once a host of Today before departing for the anchor spot on CBS's evening news (she has since left CBS after failing to boost its ratings), guest co-hosts at Good Morning America all week, stepping in for Robin Roberts, who is on vacation. Today is taking the threat head on by inviting Sarah Palin, a regular on Fox News, to co-host Tuesday. Few can forget Katie Couric's CBS interview with Palin when the former Alaskan governor stumbled on the most basic questions about policy and current events. On Monday's Today, Matt Lauer, who once shared the Today stage with Couric, jabbed Palin by referencing a notorious moment in the Couric interview when Palin struggled to name a single newspaper she read. "What are you doing to prepare?" Lauer asked in a phone conversation with Palin to hype up her Tuesday appearance, "Are you reading some newspapers?" The numbers the dueling guest hosts pull in for ABC and NBC Tuesday morning will determine who ultimately has the last laugh.
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