The Katie Couric anti-gun documentary, Under the Gun, is getting a bit more attention, this time in a lawsuit to the tune of $12 million in damages. Per People Magazine, the suit [on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League] states that “the film contains false footage purporting to show members of the [VCDL] sitting silently, stumped, and avoiding eye contact for nearly nine seconds after Couric asked, ‘If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?'” According to the plaintiffs, their answers to Couric’s question were edited out and replaced with awkward silence, to make it appear that the plaintiffs were dumbfounded and unable to offer an answer. As the Washington Post earlier put it when the lawsuit was initially announced: “Gun rights advocates don’t enjoy being falsely depicted as dimwits who can’t answer the most basic of questions about their No. 1 public policy issue.” It has separately been reported that Couric’s Under the Gun documentary also appears to have broken federal gun law. The Washington Free Beacon looked into a previous documentary Couric made: Fed Up. It was a 2014 film critical of the food industry, which it blamed for the US obesity epidemic. Apparently Couric used the same contrived methods in that one to give a false impression of what interviewees actually said.
KATIE’S “EDITED” VERSION…used in Under the Gun:
ORIGINAL UNEDITED SOUND…provided by the Washington Free Beacon.