Douglas Andrews / October 14, 2021

Couric Whitewashes Ginsburg

The longtime lefty anchor didn’t think the Supreme Court justice “fully understood” her question about flag-kneelers.

Pretty soon, leftists will be desecrating her tombstone. After all, that’s what they do.

The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for 27 years an associate justice of the Supreme Court and, in her later years, an iconic figure among young leftists, might be in need of a Soviet-style historical whitewashing. Cognitive dissonance has begun to set in on the Left, which long loved its Notorious RBG but which in recent months has been staggered by damning revelations of Ginsburg’s decency, common sense, and patriotism.

First, and worst, she was a dear and unapologetic friend of the High Court’s leading originalist, the late Antonin Scalia. Second, she was a critic of the Court’s awful 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, believing not only that it was a faulty ruling but also that it scuttled the possibility of a more gradual, more legislative, less contentious outcome. Third, she all but came back from the grave to pour cold water on the Left’s desire to pack the Supreme Court: “I have heard that there are some people on the Democratic side who would like to increase the number of judges,” she said in 2019. “I think that was a bad idea when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to pack the court.”

And this week, we were reminded of what she said back in October 2016 during an interview with then-Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric, who asked Ginsburg what she thought about washed-up San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other woke multimillionaire athletes refusing to stand for our nation’s national anthem:

I think it’s really dumb of them. Would I arrest them for doing it? No. Dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. 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.

If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive. If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.

Worse yet, we were made aware this week of what Couric didn’t let us hear. Ginsburg’s comments above are hard-hitting enough, already a stinging rebuke to Kaepernick and his ilk, and they must surely sadden RBG’s leftist acolytes. But she also said Kaepernick and his fellow America-hating anthem kneelers displayed “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.”

True that.

The former “Today Show” host, who’s a member of the Aspen Institute’s commission on — get this — media disinformation, wrote that she wanted to protect Ginsburg from public backlash and that she didn’t think the octogenarian justice “fully understood her question.”

Should we be surprised? No. Remember that Couric also disgraced herself when she deceptively edited a 2016 documentary on gun violence purely to discredit and embarrass gun rights advocates.

So, Couric selectively edited Ginsburg to make her remarks less damning of the Left. But she’s not the only one to have victimized the late justice. More recently, the hard-left, ostensibly free-speech ACLU altered a quote about women from Ginsburg because it contained scientifically accurate (and therefore deeply offensive) language from the obviously insufficiently awokened RBG.

This is what Ginsburg, herself a former ACLU lawyer, said to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1993 during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choice.”

And this is the way the ACLU quoted her in their September 18 tweet: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a [person’s] life, to either [their] well-being and dignity. … When the government controls that decision for [people], [they are] being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for [their] own choices.”

Which just goes to show: Leftists and their media lickspittles have no qualms when it comes to whitewashing and rewriting history — even when it’s their own.

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