Journalist Katie Couric admitted that she had tried to protect Ruth Bader Ginsburg by editing the late Supreme Court justice’s comments about those who took the knee in protest of racial justice during the national anthem.
In her new memoir ”Going There” out later this month, Couric revealed that she withheld Justice Ginsburg’s harsh comments against the national anthem kneelers during an interview the journalist was doing for Yahoo News in 2016, the Washington Times reported.
In the original interview, Ginsburg was quoted calling the anthem protests “dumb and disrespectful,” but Couric omitted some parts she deemed more problematic, such as when Ginsburg said that the anthem kneelers were 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.”
In the memoir, Couric—a former host of NBC’s “Today” show, admitted to letting her personal viewpoints influence certain stories, pointing to the interview with Ginsburg.
The Daily Mail, which first reported on Couric’s interview, noted that Couric thought the then-83-year-old justice’s comments were “unworthy of a crusader for equality,” referring to the liberal icon’s record on the Supreme Court.
The journalist described that she removed Ginsburg’s more detailed comments because the justice “was too “elderly and probably didn’t fully understand the question.”
Couric asserted that she “wanted to protect” the justice over an issue that might have been a “blind spot” for her.
“Going There” will be released on October 26.