Accuracy in Media

Katie Couric, who came under heavy criticism last week after it was revealed that her documentary, “Under the Gun,” had been selectively edited to make gun rights activists look stupid, posted a statement on the film’s website last night apologizing for the “misleading” edit:

“As Executive Producer of ‘Under the Gun,’ a documentary film that explores the epidemic of gun violence, I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). My question to the VCDL regarding the ability of convicted felons and those on the terror watch list to legally obtain a gun, was followed by an extended pause, making the participants appear to be speechless.

When I screened an early version of the film with the director, Stephanie Soechtig, I questioned her 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. When VCDL members recently pointed out that they had in fact immediately answered this question, I went back and reviewed it and agree that those eight seconds do not accurately represent their response.

VCDL members have a right for their answers to be shared and so we have posted a transcript of their responses here. I regret that those eight seconds were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously.

I hope we can continue to have an important conversation about reducing gun deaths in America, a goal I believe we can all agree on.”

This was an about-face for Couric, who had initially stood behind director Stephanie Soechtig’s decision to add a pause for “dramatic effect.”

Despite the apology, there is no indication from Couric that the documentary will be re-edited to accurately reflect what the VCDL members said after she asked her question.

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  • tdwillis1968

    If they are not going to re edit…then they are NOT sorry. Too late anyway. Like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube….

  • Mike S.

    Isn’t she the same idiot who attacked a writer on her evening news program for using the word “phlegm” in a report because she didn’t know what the word meant or how to pronounce it?

    And wasn’t she the same loser who once said that America needed a Cosby-type family show about Muslims so Americans could overcome Islamophobia?

    And didn’t she get an award for debasing Sarah Palin in an interview that was much ado about nothing until her media morons made a big deal out of it?

    Wasn’t she the first female network news anchor? That doesn’t say much in favor of electing our first female president now does it?

    Send her, Obama and the Clintons to Siberia, since they all love Marxist gulags so much.

  • jwhisok

    With her glasses on Katie looks a lot like Jane Fonda. Even starting to act like Fonda now. Couric should get the same penalty as Brian Williams. Off the air for 6 months. These journalists have to be taught that lying to the public from their position of authority is a violation of her responsibility and trust. Other journalists won’t learn until they see some of the big guys take a tumble. She has lost credibility AGAIN!