Mainstream network darling Katie Couric, formerly of the Today Show and all three network nightly news broadcasts, has decided to become a documentary producer, choosing a topic for her first effort – gun control – guaranteed to put her in the limelight, but she may be less than pleased with the attention her film is drawing.

Under the Gun is a two-hour documentary on gun violence, one of four films focusing on guns that premiered at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival in January, that claims to “examine the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow,” but has been called “loose with the facts,” “dishonest politicking” and “a full-length assault on the Second Amendment” by those in the gun community.

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Now, evidence has emerged proving that an interview with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) was deliberately edited to alter the responses of the gun advocates in order to embarrass them and portray them as unable to answer a direct question posed by Couric.

An original raw audio recording of the full interview reveals Couric asking the gun activists, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” at the 21:48 mark.

Although the documentary film, in its final form, focuses on the VCDL members sitting in silence for nine seconds, apparently unable to provide an answer to Couric’s seeming “gotcha” question.

The implication clearly is that Couric, who has no known expertise or previous experience in the subject matter, has won the argument on gun control.

In fact, as heard in the raw audio provided by VCDL president Philip Van Cleave, members respond to Couric’s question immediately and engage discuss background checks with her for almost five minutes.

Couric and Nora Ryan, the chief of staff for EPIX, the cable channel airing Under the Gun, released vague statements standing behind the documentary and sidestepping the use of the deceptive editing to mislead its viewers.



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