New York Times Columnist David Brooks backed journalist Katie Couric’s decision to drop late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s criticism of athletes who kneel to protest the national anthem – according to Couric she- same.
As Breitbart News noted on Wednesday:
In his new memories, Go, journalist Katie Couric admitted to editing comments by now-deceased Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her 2016 interview with Yahoo! News to protect her from a harsh public backlash. The crime of Justice? Criticizing the national anthem on their knees.
Although the original interview quoted Ginsburg as calling the anthem protests “stupid and disrespectful,” Couric omitted parts she deemed more problematic, such as when Ginsburg allegedly said the protesters showed “contempt for a government that allowed their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.
Ginsburg added, “They probably wouldn’t have been able to live in the places they came from… as they get older, they realize it was a madness of youth. And that’s why education is important.
Great Britain Daily mail noted that Couric described going to Brooks for advice: time. “
This angered liberal constitutional law scholar Jonathan Turley, who wrote that Brooks’ role in censoring Couric was “troubling.”
He added: “Notably, in rationalizing a decision to bury a major news item, Brooks allegedly claimed that Ginsburg probably did not understand the question. It is a remarkable [sic] turn because, if she did not understand this question, how did she understand the other questions? “
Turley concluded: “Couric chose the narrative over the news. In doing so, she has done journalism and the law a disservice. It was not Couric’s “youth madness”. It was a plea disguised as journalism.
Couric was celebrated for her 2008 presidential campaign interview with then-Republican vice presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin, whom she tried to embarrass by asking which newspapers she read. For her efforts, Couric received a 2009 Walter Cronkite Award for “Special Achievement for National Impact on Campaign 2008”.
Brooks, a Never Trump writer who appears frequently on Beltway roundtables and on Sunday morning TV news, also trashed Palin, calling her a “deadly cancer” to Republicans. He has yet to explain his involvement in Ginsburg’s story.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent eBook Ni Free ni Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni scholarship recipient. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.