Katie Couric seems to be protecting “Intimate RBG” from becoming too famous.
In his new memory, Going there, journalist Katie Couric admitted she edited comments from the now deceased Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her 2016 interview with Yahoo! News to protect him from intense public reaction. The crime of Justice? Criticizes national anthem kneelers.
Although the original interview quoted Ginsburg as calling the song’s protests “dumb and disrespectful,” Couric deleted parts he considered more problematic, as Ginsburg said the protesters were showing “contempt for a government that made it possible for their parents and grandparents. to live decently.”
Ginsburg added, “Which is that they probably can’t live in the places they came from … as they get older they realize it’s the madness of youth. And that’s why education is important.”
Just like Daily Mail noted, 64-year-old Couric admitted in his memoir that he believed the 83-year-old was too “old and probably didn’t fully understand the question.” Couric even described her struggle with placing her journalistic integrity on “personal politics,” saying she faced a “significance” when it comes to the famous feminist Justice, who believes her comments are “unworthy to a crusader for equality. “
Shortly after the interview, Couric received a call from the head of public affairs for the Supreme Court requesting that his remarks about the song’s protesters be removed from the story, saying he was incorrect. reading. David Westin, former head of ABC News, advised Couric to keep Ginsburg’s comments on the report while New York Times journalist David Brooks told Couric that Ginsburg probably didn’t understand the question. Couric was finally compromised and included a censored version of the justice comments.
Saying that “he lost a lot of sleep on this one,” Couric still wonders if he made the right decision, insisting that he “wants to protect” justice on an issue that could be a “blind spot” for him. .