Katie Couric has admitted to editing out comments by Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a 2016 interview in which the late Supreme Court Justice blasted National Anthem kneeling protests as disrespectful in a nation ‘that made a decent life possible.’
Couric, who was conducting the interview on behalf of Yahoo News at the time, writes in her soon-to-be-released memoir that Ginsburg’s controversial comments presented her with a “conundrum.”
During the interview, Ginsburg addressed anti-police, anti-America kneeling protests by National Football League Players such as Colin Kaepernick.
The woman known as a left-wing crusader for justice, who earned the moniker the ‘Notorious RGB’ from fans, slammed the kneeling protests as “dumb and disrespectful.”
But other quotes were omitted from the interview, as Couric confesses.
Ginsburg said anyone who kneels during the national anthem is showing “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.”
“Which they probably could not have lived in the places they came from,” Ginsburg added. “As they became older they realize that this was youthful folly. And that’s why education is important.”
The corporate media didn’t want you to know that RBG didn’t like people taking a knee for the anthem…https://t.co/mr6Bkuj9e3
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) October 13, 2021
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Katie Couric Said She Had To ‘Protect’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Katie Couric decided on her own that the liberal lion of the courts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, could not be subject to criticism from the left regarding her anti-kneeling comments.
As a “big RGB fan,” Couric wanted to “protect” Ginsburg because, in her view, racial justice was a “blind spot” for her.
So the more controversial comments were edited out of the interview because, as the journalist says, Ginsburg was “elderly and probably didn’t fully understand the question.”
Couric, in her memoir, suggests she “lost a lot of sleep over” the decision to remove the frank comments.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absolutely right. 👇👇👇 pic.twitter.com/4NnEOEiucv
— Larry O’Connor (@LarryOConnor) October 14, 2021
Couric Has Complained About Fake News
Odd, isn’t it, that there is no mention of Katie Couric ‘protecting’ Sarah Palin for controversial or unflattering comments during her interviews with the former vice presidential candidate back in 2008.
Why would a ‘journalist’ selectively edit interviews based on the political leanings of their subjects?
Her history of shady editing since then, including revelations in her new book, has only vindicated it. https://t.co/gfFWicz3hM
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) October 13, 2021
In an interview with the New York Daily News in 2017, Katie Couric lamented that fake news is “tearing” America “apart at the seams.”
“I remember I got sent a lot of stories from friends who were quite educated and were like, ‘Did you see this?’” Couric said. “And I would say, ‘Come on, you’re kidding, right? This is BS.’”
She went on to suggest the “lines have been blurred considerably” between straight reporting and opinion.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 20, 2017
Speaking of BS and blurring the lines, Couric famously got caught manipulating audio in a documentary that made gun rights advocates “appear to be speechless” when asked a simple question about gun control.
“If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” Couric asks.
Watching the documentary, that question is followed by an eight-second pause for dramatic effect which made the gun rights advocates seem incapable of answering a simple question.
Those interviewed, however, recorded their own audio which shows they immediately responded to Couric’s question.
Katie Couric apologized in 2016 after criticism over a “misleading” edit in her new documentary that made gun rights advocates “appear to be speechless” when asked a simple question about gun control: https://t.co/FdzAhNg5wK
— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) October 14, 2021
Once caught editing the clip for the documentary, Katie Couric was forced to apologize.
“I regret that those eight seconds were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously,” she said.
Todd Gitlin, a media ethics expert at the Columbia University School of Journalism, at the time called Couric’s heavy-handed editing journalistic “malpractice.”
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