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Katie Couric‘s reputation as a journalist, such as it is, took a blow for the deceptive, heavy editing of an interview she did with gun owners in the documentary “Under the Gun,” but that may turn out to be the least of her problems.
Conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch says the director of that documentary, Stephanie Soechtig, may have violated federal law and called on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to open a probe.
Soechtig acknowledged in an interview that they sent a Colorado producer to Arizona to buy firearms on their behalf.
“We sent a producer out and he is from Colorado and he went to Arizona and he was able to buy a Bushmaster and then three other pistols without a background check in a matter of four hours. And that’s perfectly legal,” she said, according to AmmoLand TV.
But is it?
Also, the interstate transfer of a firearm must go through a licensed firearms dealer in the purchaser’s state of residence — [18 U.S.C 922(a)(3); 27 CFR 478.29].
So that’s two federal laws that may have been violated and Loesch is calling for an investigation on her website:
“The ATF should investigate and if the evidence provides, Soechtig and those involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It’s ironic that Soechtig and company are the ones violating federal law while demonizing law-abiding gun owners.”
Adding to Couric’s misery is that a second documentary she was involved with — which Soechtig also directed — appears to have also been deceptively edited.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Katie Couric’s 2014 documentary Fed Up includes instances of deceptive editing similar to 2016’s Under the Gun, according to several people familiar with the making of the film.
Fed Up, which focuses on obesity and the food industry, was directed by Stephanie Soechtig and produced by Couric. The film includes two interviews with figures who hold viewpoints counter to the narrative of the film, and sources say both interviews include at least one misleading or deceptive edit intended to embarrass the interviewee.
One of those figures, Dr. David Allison, the director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, had harsh words for Couric afterwards.
“What she did to me is antithetical to not only just human decency and civility but it is antithetical to the spirit of science and democratic dialogue,” Allison told the Free Beacon.
The incident involved another dramatic pause that wasn’t what it appeared to be, in this case when Allison asked Couric at one point if he could pause to “get his thoughts together.”
Allison explained that she told him beforehand that “if at any point you need to go over an answer, you stumble on your words, just let me know, we’ll stop, and you can go back over it.”
The film shows Dr. Allison sitting silently for seven seconds when asked if sugary beverages contribute more to obesity than other foods.
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