2008_07_katiec.jpgAfter speculation that she would leave CBS News well before her contract expires in 2011, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric said she would be staying put. During the summer television press tour, she told reporters, "I have no plans to leave anytime soon. I'm very committed to the people here and the product." The product in question has lagged in ratings, placing third after NBC's and ABC's evening news broadcasts. Next week, all network anchors--Brian Williams, Charles Gibson and Couric--are joining Obama on his trip to the Middle East. When asked if the media was biased towards Obama, Couric said, "I don't think we're 'in the tank' at all. We talk to Sen. [John] McCain extensively. We go to events he allows us to cover."