The Yahoo! News anchor's anti-gun documentary, Under the Gun, is now airing on EPIX. In it, Couric interviews some members of the gun rights group, Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).
At a little over 20 minutes into the movie, Couric asks the group:
"If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”For the next nine seconds, the VCDL members stare at the ground in silence. Here's the footage:
A great "gotcha" moment, right?
Except now, The Washington Free Beacon has obtained the unedited audio from the actual interview that proves they were anything but silent in answering her query. Listen below as members of the VCDL shower her with answers for four minutes straight:
VCDL's president, Philip Van Cleave, defended his members against the outright attack:
“Katie Couric asked a key question during an interview of some members of our organization. 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.”Yahoo news anchor Katie Couric is standing by her gun documentary, even after the discovery that it was selectively edited to make it appear as if she stumped gun advocates with a simple question about background checks.
In a statement to the Washington Examiner's media desk, Couric said she is "very proud of the film."
The documentary's director, Stephanie Soechtig, told the Examiner, "There are a wide range of views expressed in the film. My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans' opinions on background checks."
"I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way," Soechtig said.