Several conservative figures have blasted Katie Couric over her bombshell confession that she edited out Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments condemning stars who take the knee during the National Anthem.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, led the criticism of the former Today show host accusing her of deeming the liberal Supreme Court justice ‘unworthy’ because she wasn’t ‘woke’ enough.
‘Katie Couric deems RBG ‘unworthy’ because she wasn’t sufficiently woke. Ridiculous. #CorruptCorporateMedia,’ Cruz tweeted.
Couric admits to ‘protecting’ RBG from public backlash and letting her personal political views influence her editing decisions after her interview with the late justice in 2016, DailyMail.com revealed Wednesday.
In new memoir, Going There, Couric writes that she cut out a part of their interview where Ginsburg said that those 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.’
Katie Couric and RBG in a 2016 interview. Several conservative figures have blasted Katie Couric over her bombshell confession that she edited RBG’s comments condemning stars who take the knee during the National Anthem
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick came under fire in 2016 for refusing to stand for the national anthem at the start of football games in protest against racial injustice
The published story, which Couric wrote for Yahoo! News in 2016, did include quotes from Ginsburg saying refusing to stand for the anthem was ‘dumb and disrespectful’, but omitted more problematic remarks.
But Couric writes in her memoir that she thought the justice, who was 83 at the time, was ‘elderly and probably didn’t fully understand the question.’
The anecdote is the latest controversial revelation to emerge from Couric’s book, which is set to be released October 26.
DailyMail.com previously revealed how the veteran news anchor brutally rips into her former colleagues, ex-boyfriends, and celebrities in the score-settling tome, which runs to 500 pages.
The shock admission about her interview with RBG has sparked an intense backlash against Couric from both conservative peers and fellow journalists.
Meghan McCain, DailyMail.com columnist and the daughter of John McCain, slammed Couric for ‘rigging’ the interview ‘to make liberals look good’ and accused her of sowing distrust in the media.
‘This is not the role of a journalist…. You can’t complain about distrust in the media when one of the most famous interviewers admits to rigging interviews to make liberals look good,’ she tweeted.
McCain also raised questions about Couric’s bias when interviewing liberals and conservatives.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, led the criticism of the former Today show host accusing her of deeming the liberal Supreme Court justice ‘unworthy’ because she wasn’t ‘woke’ enough
‘I now have even more questions about her ethics in regards to interviewing conservatives,’ she added.
Donald Trump’s former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said she wasn’t ‘surprised’ by the revelation from the ‘leftist’ journalist.
‘What do you know… Leftist ‘Journalist’ Katie Couric decided to ‘protect’ RBG by editing out her comments critical of anthem kneelers,’ she wrote.
‘Can’t say I’m surprised!’
Former New York Times journalist Bari Weiss also hit out at ‘the left’ following the revelation, tweeting: ‘You can learn a lot about where the left has moved by looking at how they choose to edit or rewrite RBG.’
Bernard B Kerik also joined in the condemnation of Couric’s actions.
”Protect her,’ from who? #BullS**t. God forbid somebody on the left tells the truth!’ he tweeted.
‘#RBG said kneeling for the national anthem was dumb and stupid. That’s something every American should have heard.’
DailyMail.com columnist Meghan McCain slammed Couric for ‘rigging’ the interview ‘to make liberals look good’ and accused her of sowing distrust in the media
Former Donald Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, ex-NYT journalist Bari Weiss and ex NYPD commissioner Bernard B Kerik also joined in the condemnation of Couric’s actions
Kerik is the former NYPD police commissioner and close ally of Rudy Giuliani.
He was pardoned by Trump in 2020 for his 2010 conviction of fraud and lying to White House officials.
Several journalists blasted Couric for her ‘completely indefensible’ and ‘toxic’ actions.
‘I too always like to omit the most newsworthy and interesting parts from all my interviews with important and powerful people,’ former The Guardian and Daily Beast reporter Ben Jacobs mocked.
BuzzFeed News reporter Sarah Mimms also took a sarcastic tone: ‘Please allow Katie Couric to keep telling on herself and others.’
New York Times’ journalist Maggie Haberman tweeted: ‘This is toxic on a lot of levels.’
‘Completely indefensible for Katie Couric to withhold this from the public to protect a *sitting Supreme Court Justice*,’ chimed New Republic columnist Natalie Shure.
However, the hosts of The View gave a mixed response to the revelation on Thursday’s episode of the talk show.
Several journalists blasted Couric for her ‘completely indefensible’ and ‘toxic’ actions
Sherri Shepherd defended Couric saying she reacted that way because RBG ‘misspoke’.
‘We’ve always respected [RBG] for her thoughts. She’s been very clear. I say what I mean, I mean what I say and I can understand why Katie Couric would have withheld some stuff to protect her because I think that she felt – even her publicist called and said she misspoke, can you take that out?’ she said.
‘They have a public officer and they called and said she misspoke and I think that she knew… They wanted Katie to take it out.
‘She was struggling with it. I think Katie knew at the time she interviewed her it would have compromised her and I think she made a decision that a lot of people make, a lot of journalists to make to take it out.’
However, Joy Behar insisted that RBG ‘didn’t misspeak.’
Sunny Hostin said she was ‘very disappointed’ and ‘conflicted’ about RBG’s comments but that the justice had addressed and apologized for them when she was alive.
‘I was really conflicted about this because as many know, I was a fan of – I still remain a fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,’ she said.
However, the hosts of The View gave a mixed response to the revelation on Thursday’s episode of the talk show
‘I was very disappointed when I heard about this, and she actually apologized for these words.’
Ana Navarro said she had more questions about why Couric would ‘protect’ RBG when she was alive but then make such an announcement after she died.
She also compared Couric’s book to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book Peril, urging people to wait until they learn about the ‘context’ of the questions.
‘Many people reacted to what the excerpts that came out in the press and then when General [Mark] Milley was able to clarify, it was a completely different thing,’ she said.
‘So I would say, you know, let’s see the entire context… We haven’t read the full thing.
Going There will be available on October 26
‘Katie is coming here in a few days and I think you guys need to ask her, one of the questions I’d have is if you protected her in life, if you took this out of the interview in life, why now that she’s dead and she’s an icon to so many are you including this now that she can’t respond to it in any way, the same way that General Milley did with the ‘Peril’ book.’
Couric, 64, writes in her memoir that she always tried to keep her ‘personal politics’ out of her reporting throughout her career.
But she faced a ‘conundrum’ when Ginsburg made comments about Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL player who became the controversial figurehead behind the national anthem protest against racial injustice.
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 day after the sit-down, the head of public affairs for the Supreme Court emailed Couric to say the late justice had ‘misspoken’ and asked that it be removed from the story.
Couric writes that she was ‘conflicted’ because she was a ‘big RBG fan’, referring to Ginsburg’s moniker.
Couric called a friend, David Brooks, a New York Times journalist, who advised her that Ginsburg probably didn’t understand the question, even though she was still serving on the Supreme Court at the time.
However David Westin, the former head of ABC News, advised Couric to keep it in.
‘She’s on the Supreme Court. People should hear what she thinks,’ he said, according to Couric.
The final version of the story, which meant to promote a compilation of Ginsburg’s writings called, My Own Words, included her criticism of ‘stupid’ and ‘arrogant’ protesters.
According to Couric, she ‘wanted to protect’ Ginsburg and felt that the issue of racial justice was a ‘blind spot’ for her. They are pictured together in an earlier interview for Yahoo! News in 2014
But what was left out was arguably more inflammatory.
Ginsburg went on to say that such protests show a ‘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.’
Couric claims that she ‘lost a lot of sleep over this one’ and still wrestles with the decision she made.
According to Couric, she ‘wanted to protect’ Ginsburg and felt that the issue of racial justice was a ‘blind spot’ for her.
Ginsburg, who died last September at age 87, was asked for her thoughts after former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick came under fire in 2016 for taking a knee at the start of NFL games in protest against racial injustice.
‘Would I arrest them for doing it? No,’ she told Couric. ‘I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning.
‘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.’
When Couric pushed further asking if she believes athletes are ‘within their rights to exercise those actions’, Ginsburg replied: ‘Yes. If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive.
‘If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that,’ she added.
Ginsburg, who died last September at age 87, was among the left-leaning justices on the Supreme Court
Couric’s new book is set to make waves upon its release after excerpts revealed some eyebrow-raising confessions she makes in the tome
DailyMail.com earlier revealed other eyebrow-raising confessions Couric makes in her book, including how she gave Ashleigh Banfield, the former CNN presenter, the cold shoulder at NBC because helping her would be ‘self sabotage.’
Couric also slams Deborah Norville, who she replaced on NBC’s Today show, for having a ‘relentless perfection’ which turned off breakfast show viewers.
Couric is just as blunt about her love life and says ex-boyfriend Brooks Perlin, who was 17 years her junior, was a ‘mid-life crisis’ while TV producer Tom Werner was a ‘textbook narcissist’.
Couric puts down Martha Stewart and says that it took a ‘few years in prison for her to develop a sense of humor.’
Even the Royal family end up in Couric’s sights and she describes how Prince Harry reeked of cigarettes and alcohol when they met, and how Prince Andrew cozied up to Jeffrey Epstein at a bizarre dinner at his New York mansion.
Couric claimed that her former nanny, who she calls ‘Doris’ in the book, was creepy and needy and that she fired her for spreading gossip about her first husband.
DailyMail.com tracked down the nanny, whose real name is Nancy Poznek, and she claimed Couric was the needy one and was so disorganized it was like living with a ‘teenage boy.’