Katie Couric’s husband defends ‘insensitive’ Roe v Wade post

People who follow Katie Couric’s financier husband on Instagram say he should leave it to her to speak out on traumatic moments in U.S. history, as when the Supreme Court decided last week to eliminate women’s constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade.

That’s because John Molner, CEO of Couric’s media company, spoke up about the Roe decision in a way that people called ill-timed, tone-deaf and insensitive, leaving 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 pile-on by mentioning the Roe ruling in a longer rant about his Delta flight getting canceled last week. Molner’s post displayed a photo of a Delta jet, and started off post by saying “It’s a sad day in our nation.” He quickly mentioned the court’s overturn of Roe and the court’s decision to also strike down New York’s gun law.

Then Molner got to the heart of his 73-word post: Complaining about Delta Airlines for inconveniencing him and other travelers. He wrote: “Delta Airlines continues its descent toward becoming the worst major US airline, canceling scores of flights daily, stranding passengers for days and holding them hostage to higher fares.”

To give Molner some credit, he didn’t directly compare his plight to that of a woman who’s no longer able to find a safe clinic in her home state to end an unwanted pregnancy, but he did conclude his post by writing, “It’s not as bad as rolling back reproductive rights but it’s pretty aggravating. #yuckDelta.”

Molner seemed to think that saying his travel troubles weren’t “as bad” as women losing their reproductive rights showed he had his priorities straight. In response to someone who said it doesn’t “feel appropriate” to group last week’s “horrendous ruling” in with his Delta complaints, Molner politely said, “It’s not equal. I stated this.”

He then said, “We can’t, however, stop complaining about everything just because we’ve lost fundamental 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 freedoms to your flight getting cancelled!? … You’re so tone deaf!”

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

That reply led to people saying he being unnecessarily patronizing and that he had missed the point. “Clearly he has valid issues with Delta Airlines. But why lump all these frustrations together?!” someone else wrote.

Someone else told Molner, “I respect you” but said his post didn’t make her feel good “as a woman” because he’s a man complaining about his flight getting canceled in the same breath as referring to women hearing “earth-shattering” news about their loss of rights.

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

Finally, two people popped in to say that Molner could get some communications help from his famous journalist wife. “Maybe let Katie do the reporting and stick to taking pictures with celebrities,” one person said, while another said, “Beyond insensitive and out of touch. @katiecouric can you help him out.”

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