Back in May, we exposed a number of deceptive edits in Katie Couric’s documentary, “Under The Gun.” At one point in the film, an interview Couric has with a group of pro-gun individuals is edited to make it look as if they were completely clueless. In the film, Couric asks that group of pro-gun individuals how you prevent criminals and terrorists from obtaining guns without background checks — only for the camera to pan out to their stunned faces in silence for 10 seconds.
Except that’s not what actually happened. Luckily those being interviewed recorded the event too — and we can see that in reality they were practically talking over each other because they couldn’t answer the question fast enough. If you’re going to deceptively edit the people you’re interviewing, how stupid can you be to let them record the audio?
In addition to editing interviews with the pro-gun voices they did profile, they excluded others completely. One man interviewed for the film was gun researcher and “More Guns, Less Crime” author John Lott. On the film’s website, Lott isn’t even listed among the “experts” consulted for the project, only those favoring gun control are listed. It’s no surprise that someone from the mainstream media would slant such a documentary left, and is unlikely to get in much trouble with her peers.
When it comes to the deceptive editing however, the law may see that differently.
Via The Washington Free Beacon:The Virginia gun rights group whose members were deceptively portrayed in Katie Couric’s documentary Under the Gun filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against the Yahoo News anchor on Tuesday. The Virginia Citizens Defense League filed the suit in federal court against Couric, as well as the documentary’s director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films, and the cable channel Epix.
“We were horrified to see how Couric and her team manipulated us and the video footage to make us look like fools who didn’t stand up for the Second Amendment,” said Philip Van Cleave, the group’s president. “We want to set the record straight and hold them accountable for what they’ve done. You shouldn’t intentionally misrepresent someone’s views just because you disagree with them.”
A portion of the documentary appeared to show Couric stumping several of the group’s members with a question about background checks and terrorism.
“If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” Couric asked the group. The film then shows the group sitting silently for nine seconds before cutting away from the interview.
The Free Beacon later reported on accusations that Couric’s previous documentary, Fed Up, also had deceptively edited interviews. The Weinstein Company attempted to take down video clips at the center of the story shortly after they were posted to YouTube. The videos were temporarily pulled from YouTube, but were eventually reinstated.
Van Cleave said he was upset that the gun documentary was still available with the misleading edit included.
Couric apologized after being exposed for the deceptive edits — but they remained in the film. In other words, she apologized for getting caught — and is happy to deceive anyone who watches the documentary without knowing about the deceptive editing.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]