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Under the Gun: Katie Couric addresses ‘misleading’ edit in documentary

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Katie Couric has issued a statement taking responsibility for a “misleading” portion of her new documentary Under the Gun.

“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),” Couric wrote in a message posted on the film’s website.

The edit involved a pause that was added following a question to the group regarding the ability of convicted felons and those on the terror watch list to legally obtain a gun. Couric said that when she questioned director Stephanie Soechtig and the film’s editor about it, she was told a “beat” was added for “dramatic effect” to allow the audience 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,” Couric continued. “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.”

After audio of the exchange surfaced last week, Soechtig released a statement obtained by The Washington Post saying, “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.”

At that time, Couric added, “I support Stephanie’s statement and am very proud of the film.”

You can see Couric’s latest statement and a transcript of the exchange here.

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