Katie Couric Admits That She Held Back RBG’s Comments About Protestors Who Take a Knee to ‘Protect’ the Justice

Nobody was safe from criticism in Katie Couric’s new tell-all book, “Going There.” She wrote brutally honest and sometimes quite unkind things about very famous people she has met throughout her life and career including Prince Harry, Martha Stewart and Joan Rivers.

Now, we can add another name to that list. In her book, Couric talks about how she decided to protect Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG) after interviewing her in 2016.

At the time, NFL player Colin Kaepernick protested racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem. Couric asked Ginsberg what she thought about this, and the judge’s answer was not what Couric was expecting.

Ginsberg told Couric that she felt taking a knee was “dumb and disrespectful.” She added, “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.” She went on to call taking a knee “stupid” and “arrogant.”

The day after the interview, Couric received an email from the head of public affairs for the Supreme Court. The email explained that Ginsberg had “misspoken” when answering that question and didn’t want Couric to share her answer.

Couric wasn’t sure what to do. She felt conflicted. On the one hand, the wanted to publish the correct answer. On the other hand, she wanted to protect Ginsberg.

Couric decided to ask for advice. She asked David Weston, the former head of ABC News, what she should do, and he advised her to leave the answer in. However, her friend and New York Times journalist David Brooks told her that Ginsberg most likely didn’t understand the question and she should leave the answer out.

In the end, Couric only shared part of Ginsberg’s answer. She didn’t share what she felt was the worst part. That is, she didn’t share it at the time, but she is sharing it in her book. Couric originally edited out part of Ginsberg’s answer where she said protests like taking a knee show “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.” She added, “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.”

Do you think Couric should have shared Ginsberg’s full answer to the question back in 2016? Why do you think she chose to share the answer in her memoir?