It looks like Katie Couric was protecting the “Notorious RBG” from being too notorious.
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.
As the Daily mail noted, Couric, 64, admitted in her memoir that she thought the 83-year-old was just too “old and probably didn’t fully understand the issue.” Couric further described her struggle to put her journalistic integrity above “personal politics”, saying she faced a “conundrum” regarding notorious feminist justice, deeming her comments to be “unworthy. of an activist for equality ”.
Shortly after the interview, Couric received a call from the Supreme Court’s public affairs chief asking that her remarks on the protesters’ anthem be taken out of the story, claiming she had misspoken. David Westin, former director of ABC News, advised Couric to keep Ginsburg’s comments in the report while New York Times Journalist David Brooks told Couric that Ginsburg probably didn’t understand the question. Couric ultimately compromised and included a censored version of the justice comments.
Saying that she “lost a lot of sleep because of it”, Couric still wonders if she made the right decision, saying she “wanted to protect” justice on an issue that could have been an “angle dead “for her.