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'Big RBG fan' Katie Couric marks another former nightly news anchor who embraces liberal views

'Big RBG fan' Katie Couric marks another former nightly news anchor who embraces liberal views


Katie Couric, a former anchor of CBS Evening News, revealed in her memoir that she was a huge fan Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She even edited out an interview she felt was damaging to the judge’s legacy.

This was just the second instance of major news anchors revealing personal liberal politics at a moment when Americans have low confidence in media. After a 15 year stint on NBC’s Today, Couric was the anchor of CBS Evening News from 2006 through 2011.

Couric revealed in her soon-to be-published memoir that she intentionally cut out parts of Ginsburg’s response in 2016 criticizing athletes for protesting the National Anthem. Couric stated that she was conflicted about the inclusion of Ginsburg’s comments that such gestures show “contempt” for a government which has allowed their grandparents and parents to have a normal life.

She described herself as a big RBG fan and said she sought advice from fellow journalists on what to do next. The story that she wrote was ultimately published. Yahoo!Ginsburg quotes that kneelers are “dumb, disrespectful” were included. However, she left out the following remarks.


Curtis Houck of NewsBusters, managing editor said that Couric’s behavior was not just a singular incident. It is a pattern. Couric put her opinions and desires above the truths. This has been confirmed by multiple news outlets over the years. The likes of Couric possess a shamelessness level that is unmatched. [of]Dan Rather and Brian Stelter. Brian Williams.

Couric received a lot of criticism from fellow journalists. Maggie Haberman, New York Times reporter, called it “toxic” Couric’s decision to focus on Ginsburg and not report the newsworthy remarks she made alarmed her colleagues.

Reporter Ben Jacobs joked that he too likes to leave out the newsworthy parts of interviews with powerful and important people.

This is not Couric’s first encounter with partisan journalism. Couric was criticized for misleadingly editing a video of gun-control supporters in order to appear stunned by her question. The truth is that they answered her question regarding background checks immediately. Couric stood behind her director’s decision not to cut the video and stated that she was proud of it.

Couric and other network news anchors are generally viewed as objective, impartial figures. Gallup recently found that only 36% of Americans trust media reports from radio, television, and newspapers. The survey’s second lowest number ever found is due to just 31% of independents answering in the affirmative and 11% of Republicans.

Brian Williams, former anchor of “NBC Nightly News”, is now a left-wing host at MSNBC’s liberal cable division. Dan Rather, ex-anchor for “CBS Evening News,” is a outspoken progressive who regularly rails against Republicans on his Twitter feed.

Brian Williams from "NBC Nightly News" answers a question during the panel for NBC News at the NBC Universal sessions of the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California January 10, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR28QDN

Williams was a highly respected anchor on NBC. He was fired in 2015 when he was found out fabricating a story about being shot down in a helicopter in Iraq. 

The truth-challenged anchor had repeatedly told the tale of his helicopter being struck by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003, but it was actually a separate helicopter flying ahead of Williams’ craft that was hit and forced to do an emergency landing. 

NBC removed him from the program after the truth emerged more than a decade ago. The Peacock Network later discovered Williams had lied to them about various other events. After his “inexcusable actions”, NBCUniversal suspended him for six months and paid no compensation.  


Williams was eventually demoted to MSNBC after the suspension ended. He tried to restore his career as an independent news anchor on MSNBC. Williams was finally given an opinion program on the progressive network’s late night news channel. He was a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and often spewed liberal ideologies.  

Williams failed to push back in 2019 when NBC News contributor Frank Figliuzzi floated a bizarre theory that Trump decided flags honoring mass shooting victims would be raised from half-mast on a specific date that could be seen by white supremacists as a nod to Adolf Hitler.  

Trump blamed his employer for putting him in a position to vote, because NBC aired a reality series that grew Trump’s starpower.  

“‘The Apprentice’ deepened Trump’s understanding of the medium and its power,” Williams said. The Trump presidency might have started with 14 episodes of a TV show. 

The once-proud anchor now often supports the disgraced anti Republican group The Lincoln Project, which disparages GOP officials. He promoted an ad for the Lincoln Project in July, calling the Republican Party “a collection crazies and sycophants”, deniers, hateers, and obscators” before giving the group free airtime at the end of his program.  

Williams once referred to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as “Kremlin Cruz” and accused him of “peddling Russian propaganda.” The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor has insulted both Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis by describing their support for Trump in a crude manner.  


Rather famously tarnished his legacy in 2004 when he aired unverified documents in a report about President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. Rather claimed Bush had been given preference to enter the guard, stay in the United States and fulfill the requirements for his service. However, Rather’s reporting turned out to be based on forged documents. 

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2015 file photo, Journalist Dan Rather attends The Independent Filmmaker Project's 25th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York. Rather will host an hour-long television special in two weeks on five musicians who have died within the past 13 months, featuring his own interview with the late Merle Haggard. The special also focuses on Prince, David Bowie, Natalie Cole and B.B. King and is scheduled for June 7 on AXS-TV. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

He eventually apologized for the “mistake in judgment” and was vanished from role as anchor of “CBS Evening News” in 2005, but he didn’t disappear altogether.  

Rather also played a starring role in former correspondent Bernard Goldberg’s 2001 book “Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News,” which accused Rather of bringing a hostility to conservatives into his reporting. 

Rather has since appeared on countless liberal outlets and programs, including MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” where he compared Trump to segregationist George Wallace in 2015. He is also able to keep up his relevance with far-left Twitter followers.  

Rather has emerged as an outspoken liberal and recently attacked pro-life Americans who’ve also criticized the Biden administration for abandoning vulnerable women in Afghanistan. He called people who don’t believe in the dangers of climate change “disingenuous snowflakes” in a Substack entry.  


He has frequently appeared on CNN’s far-left media program, “Reliable Sources” and drew criticism when he mocked Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s originalist judicial philosophy as the same as wanting to go back to using “leeches for medicine.” 

While Rather has come out as a partisan lefty, the 2004 infamous unauthenticated report has largely defined his legacy.  

Couric’s Ginsburg scandal was compared to CBS.

Joe Concha of Fox News stated that this is Dan Rather territory. He made the comment on a Fox News edition called “Outnumbered.”

Even current “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt raised eyebrows this year – and garnered praise from liberal media supporters – when he declared the notion of fairness “overrated.”


“I think it’s become clear that fairness is overrated … the idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit does not reflect the world we find ourselves in,” Holt said in March while accepting an award at the 45th Murrow Symposium. 

Houck’s conservative media watchdog has been critical of Williams, Rather and Couric for a long time. He said that Ginsburg’s actions with him showed a “poisonous hatred for the public.”

Houck explained that “acts such as deliberate omission and deceptive editing are incredibly harmful to public trust and confidence in the media.” “It’s crucial that the public has confidence in news media. However, they’ve wasted decade upon decade of their chances with no genuine efforts to gain it. 

This report was contributed by Joseph A. Wulfsohn, Fox News.

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