The former “Today” show host Katie Couric has admitted that she edited out comments that the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made during a 2016 interview. She slammed those who kneel during the national anthem.
In her memoir Going There, Couric wrote that she felt that she needed to “protect” Ginsburg by editing out the fact that the Supreme Court justice had said that those who kneel during the national anthem are showing “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.”
Couric’s 2016 article for Yahoo! News includes Ginsburg saying that refusing to stand for the anthem is “dumb and disrespectful,” but omits some of her other remarks.
Couric wrote in her book that while she always tried to keep her “personal politics” out of her reporting over the years, she faced a “conundrum” when Ginsburg made her comments about the anthem-kneeling “woke” NFL star Colin Kaepernick. Couric thought that when Ginsburg said that kneeling for the anthem was “dumb and disrespectful,” they were comments that were “unworthy of a crusader for equality” as the liberal Supreme Court justice.
Daily Mail reported that the head of public affairs for the Supreme Court reportedly called Couric the day after the interview to claim that Ginsburg had “misspoke” and to ask that her comments be removed from the story. Couric explained that she was “conflicted” because she was a “big RBG fan,” referring to Ginsburg’s moniker.
Couric asked her friend David Brooks, a New York Times journalist, for advice on what to do, and he told her that Ginsburg probably didn’t understand the question. He said this despite the fact that at the time, Ginsburg was still serving on the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land.
However, David Westin, the former head of ABC News, told Couric to keep it in the story.
“She’s on the Supreme Court. People should hear what she thinks,” he said.
The final story included Ginsburg’s criticism of “stupid” and “arrogant” protesters but left out some of her more inflammatory remarks. Ginsburg had also said that protesters are showing “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.”
“Which they probably could not have lived in the places they came from…as they became older, they realize that this was youthful folly,” she stated. “And that’s why education is important.”
Couric wrote that she “lost a lot of sleep over this one” and still struggles with the decision she made. Her admission has quickly blown up in her face, as social media users are savaging Couric for editing the comments out.
This is not the role of a journalist….
You can’t complain about distrust in the media when one of the most famous interviewers admits to rigging interviews to make liberals look good.
I now have even more questions about her ethics in regards to interviewing conservatives. https://t.co/PVBAXbnBWU
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 13, 2021
I too always like to omit the most newsworthy and interesting parts from all my interviews with important and powerful people https://t.co/QA0SWyhl94
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) October 13, 2021
— Natalie Shure (@nataliesurely) October 13, 2021
— Sarah Mimms (@mimms) October 13, 2021
the galaxy-level arrogance it must've taken to think that RBG needed protection from herself https://t.co/w2OyTMbxar
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) October 13, 2021
No wonder, so many Americans have lost all faith in the media!