Katie Couric and her colleagues are being sued for $12 million by the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). In Under the Gun, a documentary directed and narrated by Katie Couric, (according to its website) “examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase.”
In the film, Katie Couric sits down with members of the VCDL and asks, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”
For six minutes immediately following Ms. Couric’s question, she was provided with reasoned responses from the VCDL members, which was later released in an audio recording.
However, these answers clearly weren’t what Ms. Couric and her colleagues wanted to hear.
So, they decided to edit them out.
As Madison Gesiotto explains in The Washington Times, Ms. Couric and her colleagues, wanting to push their anti-gun agenda, intentionally mislead viewers of Under the Gun. Instead of showing the thoughtful answers on universal background checks from VCDL members, Ms. Couric left her question in and edited out the six minutes of answers from the Virginia panel. Viewers saw VCDL members sitting silently at the table, apparently too tongue-tied to answer Ms. Couric pressing question.
The unethical swap was undoubtedly made to encourage viewers to believe that these Second Amendment experts had no idea what they were talking about and no reason for opposing universal background checks.
Ms. Couric did issue an apology and took responsibility for her director’s misrepresentation of the exchange between Ms. Couric and the VCDL members. But in Under the Gun, the misleading edits in the film remain.