On Tuesday’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Katie Couric discussed the recent controversy surrounding a 2016 interview she did with former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. According to her new memoir, Going There, she left out damaging quotes from Ginsberg concerning NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.
Kaepernick sparked an international discussion on police brutality and systemic racism when he started kneeling during the national anthem. When Couric asked Ginsburg about the protest the justice apparently called it “dumb” and “disrespectful.”
While those adjectives are pretty clear, some of what Ginsburg said apparently was not. For that reason, Couric chose to leave the clip on the cutting room floor.
“You know, honestly, the human side of me was like, ‘she’s older, is she confused about it?’” Couric said. “There was one statement that I thought I didn’t quite understand what she meant. I didn’t ask a follow-up saying, ‘Can you clarify that?’ And I ended up not using it.”
Couric later said she regrets not pushing back at Ginsburg with a follow-up question. She also admitted that her judgement may not have been as good as she would’ve wished. She believes it was important to admit the mistake in hopes of reassuring the public that the media is not deceptive.
“I think what I was trying to say is we all make judgment calls,” Couric said. “Sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong, sometimes our own human emotion gets involved in it.”
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.
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