Katie Couric slammed for omitting RBG quote to protect ’a sitting Supreme Court justice'

Katie Couric slammed for omitting RBG quote to protect ’a sitting Supreme Court justice'
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Renowned journalist Katie Couric is facing backlash for admitting that she omitted quotes from her 2016 interview with the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

During the interview, Couric and Ginsburg discussed the controversy surrounding professional athletes' decision to kneel during the National Anthem. While the players viewed the action as a silent protest against police brutality and racial injustice, Ginsburg argued otherwise.

Not standing in observance of 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 reportedly said to Couric during the interview.

"I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it" Ginsbug said. "I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act."

In her new memoir, "Going There," Couric shared details about her decision to omit the remarks.

According to The Daily Mail, Couric "thought the justice, who was 83 at the time, was 'elderly and probably didn't fully understand the question."

Couric's confession has prompted a litany of critical responses on Twitter.

In fact, some individuals are now challenging Couric's journalistic integrity.

"Journalists have no business protecting anyone. If your interview reveals a scoop, then do your job and air it. There's enough people who are hired to spin a story. Journalists shouldn't be covering it up. Isnt that something that's taught on the first day of Journalism school?"

Another user wrote, "It was literally Ginsburg's job to have opinions on questions, in one of the most prestigious jobs about having opinions on questions. But Couric thought this opinion must have been short sighted..."

"Completely indefensible for Katie Couric to withhold this from the public to protect a *sitting Supreme Court Justice," said New Republic columnist Natalie Shure.

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