Bloomberg Ordered Katie Couric to Cut Out Pro-Gun Researcher from Gun Doc

Katie Couric (Photo: Today Show)

Katie Couric (Photo: Today Show)

Did Michael Bloomberg order Katie Couric to remove pro-gun researcher John Lott Jr. from her documentary “Under the Gun?”

According to Lott, an economist by trade, the author of the seminal book “More Guns, Less Crime,” and the founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, he was cut from the film at the request of billionaire business magnate Michael Bloomberg.

“Katie Couric and her staff interviewed me for almost six hours — two hours pre-interview and then almost four hours on tape — and what I found is that the filming that they did of me was used extensively in the movie, originally,” Lott told Breitbart News.

“But Katie Couric did a private screening for Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg apparently insisted that anything from me be removed from the movie,” he continued.

Lott’s research is considered to be a thorn in the side of gun control advocates, because, you know, it uses these things called “facts” and “data” to dismantle their gun-grabbing agenda and anti-gun arguments. 

Decades ago, when gun grabbers were shouting from the rooftops that allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms in public would lead to wild, wild west shootouts in the streets, it was Lott’s sound research that showed a negative correlation between crime rates and concealed carry.  In other words, crime decreased as the number concealed carriers increased, thus dispelling the long-running myth that more guns create more crime.   

To be honest, the fact that he was even interviewed for Couric’s documentary is surprising.  The fact that he was cut out, well, that’s no surprise at all.  Back in May, the director of the film explained her version of why Lott’s segments were left on the cutting room floor in an interview with The Guardian.

“[Lott’s] research has been criticized and largely discredited, and when we went to include it in the film, it felt like unnecessary real estate to put in the film, because we know his research has been debunked many times,” said Soechtig.

“We kept going back to the idea that we wanted to reserve the real estate in the film for the responsible gun owners,” she added.

Soechtig’s statement raises an obvious question.  If Lott’s research has been “largely discredited” and “debunked many times,” why would she interview him in the first place?  Why bother?  Why waste the time?  It would seem that Couric and Soechtig initially thought Lott could bring a valuable perspective to the table (hence the six hours of time spent interviewing him) but something or someone changed their mind along the way.

It’s also worth noting that Couric and Soechtig deliberately added an 8-second pause to the film to make gun owners look stupefied during a line of questioning concerning whether convicted felons or those on terrorists watch lists should be allowed to purchase firearms.  Couric later apologized for the edit after the gun owners outed her for misrepresenting them in the film.

“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…” said Couric in a statement back in May.

“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,” said Couric.

But back to Lott, his claim of the Bloomberg-ordered censorship was initially mentioned by radio host John Cardillo, whose brother helped finance the film.

Earlier this month, Cardillo was interviewing Lott and the two discussed Bloomberg’s involvement.

“I don’t know if you know this… I don’t know if we spoke about this, but my brother knows one of the financiers on the Katie Couric project — he was sort of an ancillary financier who’s actually pro-Second Amendment — and he told me your footage from that documentary was cut after a private between Katie Couric and Michael Bloomberg,” said Cardillo.

Lott said that he was not aware of the private screening or Bloomberg’s involvement.

Cardillo then iterated, “Yes. They were going to run it, and Bloomberg and Couric had a private screening and after that screening is when your footage was cut.”

There has been no word from Bloomberg on whether he ordered Lott to be removed from the film.  One shouldn’t expect him to come clean, either.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • run 3 online August 16, 2018, 9:47 pm

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  • Martin Fee September 14, 2016, 1:52 pm

    Seems like any lot of odd stuff happens when big name politicians have private meetings with people making decisions.
    Bill Clinton disrupting air traffic for 45 minutes by waiting on the tarmac for Attorney General Lynch comes to mind. Then Bingo, something never in history is done and Hillary is not charged with multiple federal felonies.

  • Rouge1 September 3, 2016, 3:30 pm

    This is what is called jurnalism from jurnalist in America. Everywhere else it’s called propaganda from s propagandist.

  • Chris Baker September 3, 2016, 12:18 am

    Michael Bloomberg can’t stand the truth. I have a failing in that I simply cannot understand why so many people like him want to control others. Does he have some kind of psychotic need or maybe he just thinks of controlling us common folk as a hobby? Why Michael?

  • Brian September 2, 2016, 8:46 pm

    Field Marshal VonBloomberg is a Fascist pig. Katie Colon is a brown shirt.

  • Charles Kimberl September 2, 2016, 5:52 pm

    Michael Bloomberg is a socialist POS.

  • GARY LEE September 2, 2016, 12:37 pm

    Bloomerg should be in jail. He sent investigators to Virginia to make illegal gun purchases and got caught, but just like the ATF gun running into Mexico, the Clintons and every government employee that has committed a felony. NOBODY GOES TO JAIL. Nothing happens to these people at all and they know it, they play by a different set of rules. Power corrupts and they have the power. WE GAVE IT TO THEM.

  • DirtyOldMadman September 2, 2016, 10:12 am

    The only difference between Katie Couric, Michael Bloomberg and a bucket of shit is the bucket.

    • Doc September 2, 2016, 2:55 pm

      And shit serves a purpose…

    • Grampa friday September 2, 2016, 4:09 pm


  • Patriot September 2, 2016, 10:11 am

    Couric and Bloomberg, that is two of a kind. Couric has always been a liberal idiot that was difficult to tolerate. There is no doubt at this point that she is very biased and reports the news in such a way that her bias definitely shows very clearly. It is even much worse that she is a comrade of Bloomberg who is a billionaire who thinks he can use his money to control American citizens and obtain a mis-interpretation of the Second Amendment in order to disarm American citizens who have had Constitutional personal protection for over 200 years. The Second Amendment had high priority to the framers of the Constitution and has always been considered a protection for the First Amendment.

  • Rouge1 August 29, 2016, 9:09 am

    Maybe wikileaks will ecpose the nasty deceiving hag Couric and her cohort the blooming idiot.

    • nico santacruz September 2, 2016, 3:12 am

      Bloomberg is a known coward. He talks tough while surrounded by armed bodyguards but he would soil himself if left to protect himself.

  • DRAINO August 25, 2016, 10:52 pm

    Can we really say this is a surprise? Out of Couric and Bloomberg???…..I think not. It’s a shame, the loss of integrity in the reporting business. I guess a lot is explained with the use of the word “business”. It’s more for profit now a days than anything else. Disgraceful.

  • Tom Horn August 25, 2016, 12:52 pm

    Drink up America. The Bloomberg/Clinton Kool aid is free and waiting. Facts? We don’t need no stinkin’ Facts!

    • Tar Heel Realist August 26, 2016, 5:28 am

      Libs never met a fact they agreed with…

    • bison1913 September 2, 2016, 12:41 pm

      Scary… very scary!

    • Mike_Hunt September 16, 2016, 4:31 am

      Her supporters are just like the ones that followed Jim Jones.

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