As it turns out, Katie Couric will be joining Brian Williams’s club for being a disgraced, lying fraud.
Being a producer of an anti-gun documentary, she thought she had the right to take liberties with some facts. After she handed over her footage to the editing department, the final product showed completely distorted interviews. The subjects involved in the interviews are furious.
Following this, a Virginia gun-rights group is suing Katie Couric and the producers of the documentary “Under the Gun” for $12 million! The reason? Once of the interviews has been deceptively edited.
Daniel Hawes and Patricia Webb – two gun-rights activists, and the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) who are featured in the film are suing Couric, and director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films and Epix, the film’s distributor.
According to the suit, the producers of the film “intentionally manipulated” the footage to make it look like members of the VCDL were stumped when asked about gun background checks.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of $12 million, punitive damages of $350,000 per plaintiff, and an injunction against further distribution of the edited footage.
Even though Couric apologized for the misleading editing, Soechtig firmly stood by her artistic license.
Whe Couric asked members of the VCDL, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun,” the film showed the activists sitting in silence for eight seconds, apparently unable to come up with an answer, before it cut to a different scene.
“If I wanted to make them look bad, I would have focused exclusively on their radical ideology. But I didn’t do that. I wanted to allow them an opportunity to explain their beliefs. In hindsight, had I known that the NRA would focus on eight seconds of a two-hour film, I might have done things differently. But I made the creative decision and I stand by it,” Ms. Soechtig responded at the time.
Here’s how the interview was really filmed:
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