BUSTED: Raw audio reveals ‘deceptive’ edits in Katie Couric’s anti-gun documentary

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Former CBS anchor Katie Couric hosted a so-called documentary on Second Amendment rights and gun violence titled, “Under the Gun” that was heavily and deceptively edited.

Interestingly enough, it was subtitled, “In the gun debate, truth is the ultimate weapon.”

In one scene, Couric interviews members of the pro-gun organization Virginia Citizens Defense League.

“If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” she asked the group.

Here’s what viewers saw.

The group looks clueless, silently staring at Couric or down at their hands without saying a thing.

However, raw audio obtained by The Washington Free Beacon indicates just the opposite — all the members had intelligent and ready responses to the question, prompting a more than four-minute spirited back-and-forth between Couric and the activists.

Here’s what the viewers missed:

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The premium entertainment network EPIX produced the “documentary,” and tweeted this promotion of the film:

“Unbelievable and extremely unprofessional” is how the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s president described that segment of the film.

“Katie Couric asked a key question during an interview of some members of our organization,” group president Philip Van Cleave, the organization’s president, said. “She then intentionally removed their answers and spliced in nine seconds of some prior video of our members sitting quietly and not responding. Viewers are left with the misunderstanding that the members had no answer to her question.”

EPIX chief of staff Nora Ryan was asked to respond to what The Washington Free Beacon described as the “deceptively edited” segment.

“‘Under the Gun’ is a critically-acclaimed documentary that looks at the polarizing and politicized issue of gun violence, a subject that elicits strong reactions from people on both sides. EPIX stands behind Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, and their creative and editorial judgment. We encourage people to watch the film and decide for themselves.”

The Washington Post also ran the story, and got a statement from the film’s director, Stephanie Soechtig. The Post’s Erik Wemple tweeted her response.

And what does Couric have to say for herself? She’s with Soechtig.

But no one was falling for it, least of all the National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke who took issue with EPIX’s promotion of the film and their statement to there Post.

And the National Rifle Association had something to say on the matter as well.

And it followed that up with a petition.

 

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