Katie Couric on Te'o interview: 'I think he was really telling the truth'

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What am I going to do, strap a lie detector on this guy?” Katie Couric said to WFAN hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton Friday, while recapping her exclusive interview with former Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o.

“I mean, I think he was really telling the truth about most of the things we discussed," she said.

I think that there was a lot of embarrassment and shame. I think he knows that he behaved in a way that raises a lot of questions. But I really don’t think he concocted this as a way to enhance his profile or make him look like a sympathetic, almost mythic character.

CBS News York's blog post about the radio interview says Couric "asked Boomer and Carton why some were so quick to say Te’o concocted the story."

“I think that people are so quick to — I don’t know. We’re a nation of judgers and people who I think always think the worst in people sometimes,” Couric said.

And right on cue, here's a gallery of faces Couric made during the interview, including one captioned "The 'I wonder if it's too late to go to, like, CNN or that Al Gorezeera thing' face."

Previously: In Te’o interview, Couric shows value of follow-up questions

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    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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