Katie Couric admits to letting her personal politics influence her reporting in her new memoir.
The Daily Mail reported that the anchor edited out controversial comments made by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Couric reportedly writes that Ginsburg's comments were "unworthy of a crusader for equality."
Katie Couric edited out controversial comments Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made in a 2016 interview in order to 'protect' the elderly justice, the longtime anchor writes in her new memoir, first reported by the Daily Mail and confirmed by The New York Post, which obtained an advanced copy of the book.
The former "Today" show host reportedly admits to letting her personal political beliefs impact her reporting decisions in her forthcoming book, "Going There," set to be released at the end of this month.
During the interview, Ginsburg reportedly said that people who kneel during the national anthem are showing "contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life," the Daily Mail reported. Couric made the decision to cut the justice's comments from the final piece she wrote for Yahoo News.
The 2016 conversation would have taken place at the height of public debate surrounding NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's controversial protest against racial injustice and police brutality, which saw him kneel during the playing of the national anthem at the start of each game.
Couric reportedly writes that she faced a "conundrum" after Ginsburg responded negatively to her question about people who kneel during the anthem as a form of protest.
Following the interview, Couric said the head of public affairs for the Supreme Court emailed and asked that Ginsburg's comments be removed from the story, as she had "misspoken," the Daily Mail reported.
While the final piece does include Ginsburg's comments that the gesture is "dumb and disrespectful," Couric made the decision to edit out the justice's additional statements. According to the Daily Mail, Couric writes that she thought Ginsburg, who was 83 at the time, was "elderly and probably didn't fully understand the question."
When Couric reached out to her friend, New York Times journalist David Brooks, he advised her that Ginsburg probably misunderstood the question, the outlet reported.
Couric, who admits to being a "big RBG fan," writes that Ginsburg's comments were "unworthy of a crusader for equality," according to the Daily Mail.
Additional revelations in the journalist's forthcoming memoir have also been sparking discussion this week, including details about her relationship with disgraced journalist Matt Lauer, and musings about her feud with fellow female broadcaster Diane Sawyer.
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