Journalist Katie Couric selectively edited her 2016 interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by omitting detrimental feedback the justice made about those that kneel through 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 through the taking part in of the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality. Several different skilled athletes started to take his lead and kneel as a substitute of standing through the anthem. Ginsburg informed Couric she was against the motion, saying those that kneel through the anthem have been displaying “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life,” based on new reporting by the Daily Mail.

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


Couric wrote she needed to “protect” Ginsburg, who died final 12 months, and likewise instructed Ginsburg’s workplace had some affect on the ultimate product, based on the Mail. She known 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 pinnacle of public affairs for the Supreme Court emailed Couric to say the late justice had “misspoken” and requested that 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 one in every of her questions. The documentary confirmed them sitting in silence after she requested them about the right way to stop terrorists and felons from buying weapons with out background checks, however in actuality they instantly answered based on their very own audio of the interview.

Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig defended the choice, however they have been broadly criticized for what seemed 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 all the time 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 mentioned.