Katie Couric Confesses To Covering Up RBG’s Comments

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Katie Couric is pictured attending American Apparel & Footwear Association's 40th Annual American Image Awards on April 16, 2018 in New York City.

Journalist Katie Couric is facing some backlash Thursday after she revealed she omitted some comments by Ruth Bader Ginsburg about Colin Kaepernick and other national anthem kneelers from a 2016 interview with the late Supreme Court Justice.

Couric’s upcoming memoir “Going There” detailed her conversation with Ginsburg, who reportedly criticized athletes like Kaepernick, who kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

While Couric wrote the piece for Yahoo! News and included quotes in which Ginsburg referred to kneelers as “dumb and disrespectful,” she left out other comments that she felt would damage the Supreme Court Justice’s public image.

During the interview, Ginsburg claimed that not standing for the anthem ​​showed “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life,” she said.

“Which 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.” 

Ginsburg went on to tell Couric, “I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”

Couric admitted she was a “big RBG fan” and wanted to “protect” Ginsburg, who was 83 years old at the time, and may not have understood what she was being asked.

The journalist also claimed she was contacted by Ginsburg’s public affairs team who revealed the Supreme Court Justice had “misspoken” and did not want those comments included in the piece.

Couric received a slew of backlash over the confession on social media from other journalists, who slammed her decision to omit comments to intentionally preserve Ginsburg’s image.

Couric’s memoir, “Going There” is scheduled to be released on Oct. 26.


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