Katie Couric’s Husband Defends ‘Insensitive’ Roe v Wade Post

People who follow Katie Couric’s lender on Instagram say he should leave it to her to speak out about traumatic moments in American history, such as when the Supreme Court decided last week to abolish women’s constitutional right to abortion by Roe v. Wade undo.

That’s because John Molner, CEO of Couric’s media company, spoke about the Roe decision in a way that people called ill-timed, tone-deaf and insensitive, forcing him to defend himself on social media.

Molner, who married the former “Today” host and CBS News anchor in 2014, became the target of an Instagram pileup by mentioning the Roe ruling in a longer rant about canceling his Delta flight last week. Molner’s post showed a photo of a Delta jet and began the post by saying, “It’s a sad day in our nation.” He was quick to mention the court’s overthrow of Roe and the court’s decision to also repeal New York’s gun law.

Then Molner got to the heart of his 73-word message: Complaining about Delta Airlines for harassing him and other travelers. He wrote, “Delta Airlines continues its descent to become the worst major US airline, with dozens of flights canceled every day, stranded passengers for days and held hostage for higher fares.”

To give Molner some credit, he didn’t directly compare his condition to that of a woman who is no longer able to find a safe clinic in her home state to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, but he concluded his post by writing: “It’s not as bad as the rollback of reproductive rights, but it’s quite aggravating. #bahDelta.”

Molner seemed to think that saying his travel problems weren’t “as bad” as women who lost their reproductive rights showed that he had his priorities straight. Responding to someone saying it feels “inappropriate” to group last week’s “terrible statement” with his Delta complaints, Molner politely said, “It’s not right. I’ve pointed this out.”

He then said: “However, we can’t stop complaining about everything just because we have lost basic reproductive rights for the first time in 50 years.”

Molner wasn’t so measured in his response to someone who wrote: “Seriously!?!? How can you compare women losing their freedoms to canceling your flight!? … You are so tone deaf!”

Molner replied, ‘You seem very unhappy. Good luck dear.” He called someone else who criticized him “a troll.”

That response led people to say that he was unnecessarily patronizing and that he missed the point. “Obviously he has valid issues with Delta Airlines. But why lump all those frustrations into one pile?!” someone else wrote.

Another told Molner, “I respect you,” but said his post didn’t make her feel “good as a woman” because he’s a man who complains about canceling his flight in the same breath, referring to women who are “earth-shattering.” ” to belong. news of their loss of rights.

“Yeah, this is definitely a post that could have waited at least until tomorrow,” said another person. “As someone else said, read the room. Today is not the day.”

Finally, two people came in to say that Molner could get some communication help from his famous journalist wife. “Maybe Katie will have the reportage and photos taken with celebrities,” said one person, while another said, “Outside insensitive and aloof. @katiecouric can help him.”

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