Katie Couric Apologizes for ‘Misleading’ Editing on Gun Documentary

Katie Couric Under the Gun
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Katie Couric has apologized for the “Under the Gun” documentary that aired on EPIX, saying she regrets the editing process that was “misleading.”

The documentary came under scrutiny when it first seemed like a group of gun rights activists were stumped by her question about background checks, taking eight seconds to respond: “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from walking into, say, a licensed gun dealer and purchasing a gun?”

Audio recordings revealed they, in fact, responded right away.


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In a statement posted on the “Under the Gun” documentary’s website, Couric took responsibility and expressed regret for the editing process.

“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),” she wrote. “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….I regret that those eight seconds were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously.”

Couric also posted a message on Twitter, saying, “After speaking with Under the Gun director and reviewing editing process, I wanted to respond.”

The website also posted a full transcript of Couric’s exchange with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).

Couric had originally expressed support of Soechtig, saying, “I am very proud of the film.”

When the criticism first surfaced, Soechtig issued a statement 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.”


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  1. Tony Mackey says:

    What did the gun rights group actually say in response to the question?

  2. jackbog says:

    “I am sorry if you are offended” is not an apology, but a very real insult as to what occurred in this instance. The producer and executive producer #KatieCouric knew that they attempted to make those interviewed look stupid and/or that they didn’t have an answer to her question. They did have an answer and it wasn’t provided in this biased “documentary.” Yahoo and Ms. Couric should be ashamed for not only their un-documentary but also their failed apology. Shame on them.

  3. Well Katie and Soehtig I think you’re both

    Insert 8 second pause for those of you that need to draw your own conclusions:

    MORONS! damn lysdexia!

  4. Joseph Wilson says:

    That was not an apology, that was an excuse posing as an apology. A real apology goes something like this: I messed up, I’m sorry, it will never happen again. Ms Soechtig, any apology that contains the word “if” is not even close to an apology as it puts the blame on the offended party.

    • Tony Mackey says:

      Since when does an 8-second delay warrant a monumental apology? It’s not like the network team changed a quote of what was actually said by the group.

    • Tony Mackey says:

      I think that it is rare that any media personalities ever apologize for the content of their stories. Since when has Fox News personalities apologized for their so-called news programs that have several women in short dresses sitting around commenting about current political events with half-baked, grossly slanted analyses?

  5. Willie Thornley says:

    I had intended to leave an intelligent, thoughtful contribution, but didn’t want it to get “Katie Couriced”, so I’m leaving it at that.

  6. david castillo says:

    No, Katie actually DEFENDED her interview when she was first confronted with the horrendous editing job. The backlash hasn’t gone away so NOW she’s trying to apologize, and throw her editor under the bus.

  7. Skip Bradley says:

    Screw you, Katie!
    Criminals say all the time they’re sorry too, however, like you, they’re only sorry they got their asses caught.
    You want to make ‘amends’? Donate $1,000,000 to the NRA.

    • vladtepesblog says:

      It would be interesting t ask her for a $1000.00 donation to the NRA. She would be forced to cough up or admit her bias as there is no way she could say no to that without admitting why.

  8. Irma Jablonski says:

    It is so sad what our country has come too. There was a time when we were strong, and feared and took care of our people. Now we don’t even have the right to have arms to defend ourselves and family. All our government wants is total control. They are willing to do anything included catering to our enemies. President Obama has been a total disgrace , and claims we are in better financial place than before he took office. Then why are we in debt by trillions of dollars and forced to take the medical care he created and pay much more for it. All any of them want is money in their pockets and they are willing to do anything to have it. And why do they all get full salary when they retire and medical. Many live on social security and can barely put food on our tables. And they want to even take that away from them. God help me with the thoughts that I have.

    • Tony Mackey says:

      “It’s so sad what our country has come too. The was a time when we were strong, and feared and took care of our people. Now we don’t even have the right to have arms to defend ourselves and family.”

      What relativity exists between having the money to buy a military-grade assault rifle and the ability to defend oneself and family or being a strong nation that is feared by every other nation? Are you advocating that it’s necessary to arm school children, or everyone who goes to a movie theatre or a nightclub should be armed?

      “President Obama has been a total disgrace, and claims we are in better financial place than before he took office.”
      In 2009, the unemployment rate was more than 8%, (as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics since that agency was created). The USA, (that’s the country that you live in), was about to experience a financial collapse worse than the Great Depression. A national budget surplus left created by the Clinton Administration had been totally disappeared and a huge deficit and national debt had been created by Bush and Cheney during the 8 years before the Obama administration. The unemployment rate is now 4%, the budget deficit has been significantly reduced, and the only thing preventing the national debt, (which is different from the national budget deficit), from being reduced is Republican policies and belief in Voodoo Economics, aka Supply Side Economics, or Trickle Down Economics, which have produced disastrous results for 95% of Americans, individuals as well as families! The United States, by all objective, non-anecdotal, measurements is in a better financial situation than before he took office. All of you Tea Partiers, aka GOP, aka Conservatives, want nothing else but to have everyone have mass amnesia and reduce every argument against your nonsense to Second Amendment rights guaranteed to current LAW ABIDING US CITIZENS who save their money to buy military-grade assault rifles to commit mass murder of school children, nightclub attendees, fellow employees, and movie goers! That does not make even a little sense!

  9. NJD says:

    Katie asked something along the lines of “Without background checks, how do you stop a felon or a terrorist from buying a gun?”
    One of them essentially answered, “if you’re not actually in jail, you should have every right to buy a gun.” And then justified that position with the “prior restraint” argument.
    The other dismissed the question by saying “no law ever stopped a crime”.
    So they basically said that if would or should be “unconstitutional” to stop a felon or “terrorist” from buying a gun. The other said that laws don’t matter.
    They said it’s perfectly all right for a felon to buy a gun, there just happens to be some laws against it right now but so what if there are loopholes.

  10. David Mangles says:

    Katie is just another liberal hack that is willing to lie and commit felonies to “prove” her story. She has never tried to buy a firearm, or she would know that it’s not as easy as they try to portray. More gun laws are not the answer, the laws on the books aren’t enforced, by the courts, against the criminal. Criminals are criminals because they CHOOSE not to obey laws.

  11. DGS says:

    Katie never was a journalist she only capitalized on her husband’s death to make it. She was kicked off NBC, tried the evening world news at CBS an that lost millions of viewers because she was so bias an soon boating. Now the news director a Yahoo? Who gets on Yahoo anymore??

  12. Jeff King says:

    I would like to see the entire raw footage of this piece released openly. Considering the blatant misuse of editing in the media to misrepresent anything related to this topic I feel that we should know what else they took liberties with. If they honestly have nothing to hide then I fail to see how they would have a problem with taking this step to clear their names.

    • vladtepesblog says:

      They clearly have something to hide and will never release the raw footage voluntarily. They are hoping this blows over and they get a net win. Liars typically do as the damage they do exceeds the repair a belated and small scale retraction does.

      We have to remember that we live in an age of testimonium emptor. Let the witness beware. If you are being interviewed, ALWAYS covertly or openly film it yourself and refuse to be on camera unless you can. If you are misrepresented, you can release the full footage yourself.

  13. annjo1 says:

    Assuming your question is in good faith, I’ll make two points for your consideration:

    One, if a persuasive answer had been given to Couric’s question, why would you expect her to include it in a hit piece? It would end up on the editing room floor.

    Two, the real answer to that question is that it is deceptive in itself, which you can easily see if you changed it to cars and drunk drivers instead of guns and bad guys. How do you keep cars out of the hands of drunk drivers? Realistically, you can’t, but you can deter them from wanting to get their hands on them by severely punishing ANY lawbreaking of that type.

    Start by punishing the Colorado producer who violated existing gun laws to buy guns in Arizona and Couric who conspired with her to violate those laws, as well as both of them for engaging in a straw purchase if the producer was reimbursed for the cost of the purchases.

  14. Lonesome says:

    Couric has no ethics, no morals, not an honest bone in her body. She is a liberal liar like most of the hacks at ABC, CBS, and ESPECIALLY NBC, MSNBC, CNBC. In fairness, I don’t want to leave any liars out… CNN, NYSLIMES, HUFF POST, media matters, etc

  15. kmcloren says:

    she is not a journalist, she is a politically correct liar

  16. Vlad Tepes says:

    The interview was not “misleading” it was deceptive. The only defense for it is a 1st amendment one. Ironically the only place in the world that even has an absolute freedom of political speech law, is the same place that also has a 2nd amendment because the first one simply cannot exist without a robust 2nd one.

    I hope Ms. Couric remembers that next time she plans to make propaganda which demeans and misrepresents her undeclared opponents. That Her right to do that is tentatively supported only by those same opponents.

    This is also a good time to suggest to all people:

    NEVER do any interview with any MSM agency without recording, either secretly or overtly, yourself so that if you are misrepresented or lied about, you can release your own unedited recording of the session. This will raise the cost of MSM deceptions to the point where they will stop doing them or start electronically checking guests for devices, which will be a major tip off to them that the purpose of the interview is less than honest.

  17. Rick Kridler says:

    The best part is that Couric’s producers admitted on tape that the broke federal gun laws when they sent a producer who is a resident of Colorado to buy handguns from someone in Arizona. These people are so arrogant and stupid that they actually believe the liberal propaganda put out by the MSM. It is ONLY LEGAL to buy a handgun in your state of residence, and it has been that way since 1968. You can buy a long arm in a neighboring state if your home state’s laws allow it.

  18. RedRyderz says:

    Better get your employees a good set of lawyer, Katie, as they seem to have violated current gun laws in the making of your little anti-gun docu-drama.

  19. theblissriot says:

    Except they never did answer the question she asked. They danced all around the issue, without providing an answer to how we can keep guns out of terrorists hands. The silence accurately represented that fact.

  20. Eric says:

    Apology rejected. “Dramatic pause” We know better of the “sleazy press”. Donald Trump nailed it. So why hasn’t the dishonest “reporter” been fired?….because she does her partisan network’s bidding to elect democrats.

  21. Drew says:

    Here’s an idea Katie, why not do LIFE IN PRISON for Conspiracy to DENY Citizens their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS?

    There is a federal law that ‘supposedly’ is a felony for denying a person their Rights.

    How about getting it ENFORCED?

  22. John Svitil says:

    KC should be fired for misrepresenting piece this a documentary. She was trying to push the far left’s agenda.

  23. joe johnson says:

    this is just the most recent example of the press manufacturing news about gun control. Yet i have not seen any examples of anyone manufacturing news supporting the second amendment. Don’t you wonder why that is? Don’t you wonder why they have to blatantly make things up to convince you of their agenda? Why do you accept this kind of manipulation on such a serious and deadly topic? No one that I have ever met or heard of that owns a gun doesn’t want to stop gun violence. Just think about it, who has more to lose when it comes to rights? Gun violence is bad for gun owners. We want to stop it. People like katie are hampering that effort with lies and distractions.

  24. Ray Zell says:

    It’s a mockumentary. Silly, stupid entertainment. “This is Spinal Tap” was much more truthful.

    • vladtepesblog says:

      Ray I was in rock bands for much of the 70s and 80s. Spinal Tap was gospel. Many of my colleagues didn’t even get the jokes. It was just how it was. Couric;s piece was an assassination. It was not even an attempt at disseminating information.

  25. R.F. Bezila says:

    Forever more, when you are deceived, lied to, and stabbed in the back, it will be known as being “”Couric-ed”.

    • Corps2111 says:

      That is PERFECT–Love it!! That has to be spread as the “go to phrase/analogy” from now on when one of these media LIBLIARS does something like this . Spread THE WORD America and make it stick –before we all get “COURIC-ED” by the left loving LYING media imposing their personal views, on us all. “Don’t get COURIC-ED today”, is the new phrase everyone should be imparted with instead of have a nice day . lol

  26. Selective editing will forever be know as doing a “Katie Couric.”

  27. I can hardly believe it! An apology! From a Liberal! These truly are the end days.
    And like all the liars, they just double down on the lie.

    • Dirk says:

      Funny, I don’t see the words “I’m sorry” or “I apologize” anywhere in her statement. Is it still an apology if you don’t actually apologize?

      • Alfred Hussein Neuman says:

        It’s not a real apology. She expressed regret that people did not understand the dramatic pause. It was intentional, aka Michael Moore;s style of documentary.

  28. R. Grimes says:

    total bullshit

  29. Retraction of video piece? – None

    Re-editing video to reflect apology reasons? – None

    Employment reassignment or dismal of executive /editor/reporter? – None

    Sham? – Complete and total

  30. Mike RG Chandler says:

    Actually, no. Even the transcript was ‘edited’ and truncated.

    Why does it never stop with people like Katie Couric and Brian Williams?

    • Froggieonthehill says:

      It never stops with “People” like Couric and Brian Williams because deranged libtards like Bloomturd keep paying these parrots a huge sum of money and to these people money trumps integrity in their lives

  31. BM says:

    Apologies are meaningless when you continue to violate your victims. She hasn’t fixed the video and therefore every time it plays she is committing the same act that she is apologizing for. This apology is as vacuous as rapist apologizing repeatedly while holding a victim in his cellar for years on end as a sex slave.

  32. spiel54man says:

    If you buy Couric’s “dramatic effect” explanation with a straight face, you might be a liberal.

  33. Guns are my right…. F you if you think any different. if there are cultures that cant handle it oh well

  34. Dude McCool says:

    To Soechtig,

    You absolutely intended to mislead the viewers of your video. It is also apparent that your video was nothing more than a liberal, anti-2nd Amendment hit piece.

  35. David says:

    The gun nuts will hold onto any conspiracy, meanwhile ppl are dying every day from this massacre. Sad

  36. Alan thompson says:

    Katie is looking for a Democrat job because she is no loner digestible by Republicans

  37. Charles Archer says:

    It is reporters like this one, and there editors who try and scare the hell out of the American people about guns. They report on these so called assault rifles and say how easy they are to get, when in fact it is the complete opposite. I am a responsible gun owner, I have all my stuff locked up, but because of the way these irresponsible reporters report the news about guns, I have been harassed about giving my child access to fire arms which is totally false. These reporters need to learn about what they are reporting on, and get all there facts straight from reliable people in the gun industries, NRA, and the common people out there that choose to get there CCW’s to protect themselves and there loved ones from the violent criminals who don’t care about me or my family. What the news industry and the reporters need to know is, these violent criminals do not care about “gun free zones”, in fact they love to see those signs, because they know there is no one in the store, bank, post office, etc. that can protect themselves and they have free rain over everyone in these places to do what they want.

  38. jerry martin says:

    She should not be in the news biz.

  39. jerry martin says:

    This is not the first time something like this has happened. I don’t know how she keeps a job.

  40. Jon A. Hartz Sr. says:

    Just like Nixon and the missing 18½ minutes. Sleazes gotta be sleazy.

  41. Todd says:

    I wonder how many times Couric has gotten away with backstabbing her guests with fake editing. 10? 100? 1000?

  42. We have our “Exploding GM Pick-up Truck” debacle for this generation.

    Surprise Surprise – It’s another NBC alumnus.

  43. Rob Clarke says:

    No Integrity. Time to resign as a journalist an entertainer.

  44. Well Then – Edit it OUT now for all future showings – if you have the conviction of your words

  45. Most news outlets would fire her for this, but the Yahoo elites are as left wing wacky as Katie herself, and probably had a collective orgasm when they first watched her Schlockumentary.

  46. David T. says:

    So, in fact, Katie’s admission is meant to come off as a plea that what was meant, although she and others were aware the pause was done, was that the pause would come across as moment for thought? And, they gave no visual or audio queue of the break in response as is customary when a reporter is pausing to comment on an otherwise playing video, etc… I have a hard time believing this is gross incompetence and not an outright dishonest apology for getting caught at being outright dishonest.

  47. Phil Goldman says:

    With all do respect to the director, Soechti, I don’t believe her answer for one second. She knew exactly what she was doing. If in fact she put an 8 second pause into the film to build “drama” into that moment, she should never direct another documentary.
    She has tarnished her reputation permanently with that ridiculous excuse. She has an agenda and clearly was called out on it when she tried to not so cleverly make her point through editing.

  48. stevenkovacs says:

    Fiberals at it again!

  49. Isaac Joel says:

    Why are there never editing “mistakes” like this that make liberals look bad?

    • jsm1963 says:

      Have you ever seen a James O’Keefe video?

      • Alfred Hussein Neuman says:

        Come on, that’s ridiculous to even suggest a comparison. Liberals are so full of sh!t and hypocritical. They fully support the right of guys with dicks loaded with HIV screwing whoever, and no laws to disclose they are positive and dangerous, but they want to take guns away from law biding citizens who are a threat to no one.

      • Nonsenseyousay says:

        Have you? Or is your comment based on what you have heard?

  50. Joe says:

    Pathetic, she tries to blame the director, when she’s the producer of the documentary and veteran reporter.

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