It is no surprise that the left has an agenda to strip America of the second amendment. However, it becomes a completely different issue when Democrats start fabricating film in order to support doing so. This is unfortunately the case in a recent Epix documentary starring Katie Couric named Under the Gun. After Katie Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League how guns should be kept out of the hands of terrorists and felons, there is an eight second pause, making the interviewees appear speechless and dumbfounded. In reality, they actually answered the question immediately. This is a blatant misrepresentation of their statements, and someone should be held accountable.
Under the Gun is another example of the inability of the media to separate reporting and opinion pieces. When creating a documentary, the comments of the interviewees should not be purposefully misrepresented. It makes sense why today only 6% of Americans trust the media. Although widespread attention has been brought to this glaring editing mistake, the film is still available through Epix. This ‘documentary’ needs to be removed immediately, with an apology from both those that produced Under the Gun and Epix.
Now that Katie Couric understands that her position as Yahoo’s global news anchor is rocky, she has shifted the blame of the inserted eight seconds to the director. Couric stated that during an early screening of the film, “I questioned her [director Stephanie Soechtig] and the editor about the pause and was told that a ‘beat’ was added for, as she described it, ‘dramatic effect,’ to give the audience a moment to consider the question… I went back and reviewed it and agree that those eight seconds do not accurately represent their [Virginia Citizens Defense League] response”. This is a phony apology.
The film has created conflict within Yahoo. Despite Yahoo CEO Marissa Bayer’s continued support of Katy Couric, Yahoo Finance uploaded a Fortune article titled “Here’s Why Katie Couric’s Eight Second Editing Mistake Is Such a Big Deal”. Just as Brian Williams was investigated and then reprimanded by NBC for his blatant fabrication of events, the same steps must be taken with Katie Couric in order to preserve journalistic integrity. Epix should remove the documentary, or at least remove the fake pause. It is extremely important to report the unedited facts so that the public can reach their own conclusions, or perform such edits under the proper category of opinion.