Blowback is becoming fierce on the makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence because those producers deceptively edited an interview between Couric and members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists.
Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”
The documentary, called Under the Gun, then shows the activists sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer. It then cuts to the next scene.
Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon wrote, “However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists.”
And now other media outlets are joining in. At the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple Blog, the author writes, “An apology, retraction, re-editing, whatever it is that filmmakers do to make amends — all of it needs to happen here.”
Charles Cooke of National Review wrote, “Let’s be clear, here: This is lying. It is dishonesty. It is, in a disfavored word, propaganda.”
And here are other takes on the edits: