Katie Couric has admitted that, in a 2016 interview, she withheld Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s harshest comments on kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem.
The modifying was carried out in an effort to “protect” the late Supreme Court justice, Couric wrote in her memoir, which was obtained by The Post. She revealed in “Going There,” which is out Oct. 26, that she felt that Ginsburg, who was 83 on the time of the interview, might not have completely gotten what Couric was asking her, as first reported by the Daily Mail.
She “was elderly and probably didn’t understand the question,” Couric defined within the 500-page scorched-earth biography by which no colleague, ex-boyfriend or acquaintance is protected from the previous “Today” host’s brutal score-settling.
While the interview that was finally published by Yahoo! News did embrace Ginsburg saying that she believes that not standing throughout the nationwide anthem as an act of protest is “dumb and disrespectful,” it didn’t embrace her strongest condemnations of the act, based on Couric.
Not standing for the anthem exhibits a “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 … as they became older, they realize that this was youthful folly. And that’s why education is important,” Ginsburg advised Couric on the time. “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, being a “big RBG fan” and feeling protecting of her and the controversy the comments would seemingly embroil her in, wrote within the e-book that she “lost a lot of sleep” and felt extraordinarily “conflicted” over deciding whether or not she ought to embrace Ginsburg’s full ideas on the matter.
As effectively, the day after the interview, the Supreme Court’s head of public affairs emailed Couric to say Ginsburg had “misspoken” and requested that her comments on the matter be faraway from the piece. Couric finally largely did as they requested.