Katie Couric revealed that her 2016 interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg omitted some of the former Supreme Court Justice’s unfavorable views of people who kneel for the national anthem.
Couric reveals in her memoir Going There, set to release Oct. 26, that her comments caused her a “conundrum” and that she felt “protective” of then-83-year-old Ginsburg, according to advance reporting by the Daily Mail.
While the final cut included Ginsburg criticizing protesters such as Colin Kaepernick as “dumb and disrespectful,” it left out her comments calling the act of protest “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.”
Ginsburg allegedly continued, “They probably could not have lived in the places they came from. ... As they became older, they realize that this was youthful folly. And that's why education is important.”
The day after Couric interviewed Ginsburg, the Supreme Court's head of public affairs reportedly reached out to ask that some of the statements be excluded from the final product.
Couric was conflicted about the request and asked journalist David Brooks of the New York Times as well as former head of ABC News David Westin for advice. Brooks argued that she should remove the statements because Ginsburg was “elderly and probably didn't fully understand the question.”
Westin said to keep them in because “people should hear what she thinks” as a member of the Supreme Court.
Couric ultimately sided with her personal beliefs and edited some of Ginsburg's statements that she felt were “unworthy of a crusader for equality,” believing that the high court justice had a “blind spot” when it came to racial justice.
Ginsburg died in 2020 and was one of the court’s most famous left-leaning justices.
The American Civil Liberties Union came under fire last month for censoring a Ginsburg quote by taking out female-specific language.
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Original Author: Virginia Aabram
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