Katie Couric's Ruth Bader Ginsburg Interview Actions Branded 'Indefensible'

Former Today show host Katie Couric is facing strong criticism after she revealed she had edited out part of an interview with the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In her new memoir, Going There, Couric admits that she edited out part of Ginsburg's comments about kneeling for the national anthem that the justice made during an interview in 2016.

Ginsburg had said anthem protesters showed "contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life" in remarks that were not included in the published story by Yahoo! News.

Some social media users took to Twitter on Wednesday and criticized Couric's decision to edit out Ginsburg's comments.

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

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also shared a storyabout the matter.

"Katie Couric deems RBG 'unworthy' because she wasn't sufficiently woke. Ridiculous," the senator tweeted.

Cruz was referring to Couric's description of Ginsburg's comments about football players taking the knee during the national anthem. The late justice had called taking the knee "dumb and disrespectful" and Couric believed those remarks were "unworthy of a crusader for equality." However, those comments were included in the published story.

Katie Couric deems RBG “unworthy” because she wasn’t sufficiently woke.

Ridiculous.#CorruptCorporateMedia https://t.co/PmU9fDsgBa

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 13, 2021

Maggie Haberman, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, shared the Daily Mail's article on Couric's book, which first reported the editing of Ginsburg's remarks, and wrote: "This is toxic on a lot of levels."

Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume wrote: "It is one of the temptations of journalism to protect those you favor. Couric was urged not to do this by the former president of ABC News, himself a news anchor. It was the right advice."

According to her memoir, former ABC president David Westin advised Couric not to edit out Ginsburg's comments. Couric writes in the book that she "wanted to protect" Ginsburg and felt racial justice was her "blind spot."

Lawyer and legal commentator David Lat questioned Couric's suggestion that Ginsburg was "elderly and probably didn't fully understand the question." Ginsburg was 83 at the time and perhaps the most prominent member of the court's liberal wing.

"Justice Ginsburg knew exactly what she was saying when she addressed the Colin Kaepernick controversy—and Katie Couric shouldn't have edited out those comments by RBG," Lat tweeted.

The New York Times' Matthew Rosenberg suggested Couric was trying to make excuses for herself.

"If Couric thought RBG was old & confused, that should have been the focus of her story" Rosenberg tweeted. "A sitting Supreme Court justice who can't comprehend straightforward questions is news. As it stands, it sounds like Couric was making excuses for not reporting an unpopular opinion."

Mike Glenn, Pentagon reporter for The Washington Times, tweeted: "So are we supposed to pretend that we thought Katie Couric was a skilled, objective journalist and not some partisan talking head TV hack all along?"

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was more succinct, suggesting the real issue was book sales: "And now #RuthBaderGinsburg is dead and #KatieCouric has a new memoir to SELL!"

UPDATE 10/14/21 5:32 a.m. E.T.: This article was updated to include a new picture.

Composite Images Shows Ginsburg and Couric
This composite image shows the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and journalist Katie Couric. Critics have slammed Couric for editing out some of Ginsburg's comments from a 2016 interview. Getty Images