This week, the Virginia Citizens Defense League announced that it will sue Katie Couric and the other filmmakers of her biased gun documentary “Under the Gun” for defamation in federal court.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia in Richmond, arises from Couric’s decision to add an 8-second pause to the film to make members of the VCDL look stupefied during a line of questioning concerning whether convicted felons or those on terrorists watch lists should be allowed to purchase firearms.
You can see the deceptive pause in the video below:
Couric later apologized for the pause she added for “dramatic effect” after the VCDL outed her for misrepresenting them in the film. However, she has not made any efforts to fix the film — that is, remove the deliberate pause and add in the six-plus minutes of responses VCDL members gave during the line of questioning — or to stop promoting and distributing the film in its current misleading state.
Now, VCDL is suing the former news anchor for compensatory damages to the tune of $12 million and punitive damages to the tune of $350,000 per plaintiff.
“By misrepresenting that the VCDL and its members did not and could not present any basis for opposing universal background checks, the Defendants caused the organization reputational harm, caused the organization economic harm by impairing the organization’s ability to attract and retain members and secure donations, and decreased the effectiveness of the organization’s advocacy efforts and ability to carry out its mission,” states the lawsuit.
VCDL further alleges that filmmakers purposely put them in a negative light — literarily. That is, Couric and her team turned down lights and closed blinds to “to cast shadows on the VCDL members’ faces and to portray the VCDL members as sinister and untrustworthy,” according to the lawsuit.
To illustrate the point, VCDL included screen grabs from the film to show the difference in lighting for VCDL members and pro-gun control advocates.
It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of this lawsuit. Even if VCDL members fail to win any monetary compensation, if nothing else, it helps to raise awareness as to how biased the media is against gun owners.