Voting on the media personalities
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Katie Couric( John Filo / Associated Press )
The year did not begin promisingly for the CBS News anchor. Mired in third place in the ratings, her much-desired shot at redemption fizzled in April when a debate she was supposed to moderate between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton fell through. But Couric soldiered on, ultimately bringing off the year's interview coup, in which Palin parried the newscaster's modest questions with rambling, sometimes-incoherent replies. CBS boss Leslie Moonves gave Couric a special shout-out in a conference call with analysts last week.
However: She's still in third place. And the Palin interview gave conservatives -- who never much liked Couric to begin with -- more ammunition.