Journalist Katie Couric selectively edited her 2016 interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by omitting unfavorable feedback the justice made about those that kneel throughout the nationwide anthem, she admitted in her new memoir.

Their 2016 chat got here within the midst of the furor of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s resolution to take a knee throughout the enjoying of the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality. Several different skilled athletes started to take his lead and kneel as a substitute of standing throughout the anthem. Ginsburg instructed Couric she was against the motion, saying those that kneel throughout the anthem had been exhibiting “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life,” in line with new reporting by the Daily Mail.

Couric stated she was “conflicted” about together with the justice’s remark as a result of she was a “big RBG fan” and admitted to searching for recommendation from some fellow journalists about what to do. Ultimately, the story she wrote for Yahoo! News did embrace quotes from Ginsburg saying kneelers had been “dumb and disrespectful,” however left out the above remarks.


Couric wrote she wished to “protect” Ginsburg, who died final yr, and likewise instructed Ginsburg’s workplace had some affect on the ultimate product, in line with the Mail. She referred to as herself a “big RBG fan.”

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“Couric felt that when Ginsburg said that people like Kaepernick were ‘dumb and disrespectful’ they were comments that were ‘unworthy of a crusader for equality’ like the liberal Supreme Court justice,” the Mail wrote, noting that the day after their sit-down, the top of public affairs for the Supreme Court emailed Couric to say the late justice had “misspoken” and requested that or not it’s faraway from the story.

Infuriated readers and reporters hit Couric for having acted extra like an activist than a journalist.


“The Reload” founder Stephen Gutowski quipped, “I, for one, am shocked to hear Katie Couric would do something like this.”

Gutowski, reporting for the Washington Free Beacon on the time, broke the story in 2016 {that a} Couric documentary edited her interview with pro-gun activists to make them look dumbfounded by certainly one of her questions. The documentary confirmed them sitting in silence after she requested them about tips on how to stop terrorists and felons from buying weapons with out background checks, however in actuality they instantly answered in line with their very own audio of the interview.

Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig defended the choice, however they had been broadly criticized for what gave the impression to be a deliberate effort to falsely make the gun rights supporters look silly.

The RBG revelation was one of some bombshells from Couric’s memoir. Other excerpts from the e book present Couric taking hits at fellow feminine journalists. Couric  accused ABC’s Diane Sawyer of exploiting the late Whitney Houston of their notorious interview in 2002. Couric, who at all times competed with Sawyer for interviews, additionally puzzled what the ABC journalist did to attain a few of her high-profile interviews.

“That woman must be stopped,” Couric stated.