Gun Group Slaps Katie Couric with $12M Defamation Lawsuit for Biased Documentary

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.

(Photo: VCDL Lawsuit)

(Photo: VCDL Lawsuit)

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.

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

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  • Philtbn September 17, 2016, 12:22 pm

    When making defamatory and baseless statements, one needs to expect to be held accountable. This needs to be publicized to a high degree as a warning that this kind of moral high road attack will be expensive!! The loss of dollars, more than the lack of integrity is the only true weapon against this yellow journalism.

  • D.Baillie September 17, 2016, 2:28 am

    Shouldn’t the NRA or any other group be more proactive suing any of the establishments that post as “gun free” in which civilians have been shot/injured? Depriving individuals of the ability to protect themselves or others is simply making targets of them. An expensive “wrongful death” suit or two, might prompt some of the insurance companies to drop clients disposed to posting gun free signs (or raise their rates).

    • James Tennyson September 17, 2016, 1:51 pm

      I agree! If they presume to make unarmed VICTIMS of their customers, they should assume responsibility for any damages caused by criminal activity in their businesses!

    • Abby September 21, 2016, 10:37 am

      This is not where it ends either. I recently took a road trip to Upstate NY from Texas where I could NOT bring my normal carry weapon on the trip because once I crossed into NY State it immediately became a felony. There are zero rights for self protection if you are not from there and even then your rights are very restricted and tracked by serial numbers. There is carry reciprocity from Texas all the way to the NY/PA border but there it stops at the NY border and the felony laws start. I travel to NY no more. If family wants to visit me then they need to come here. Traveling by road to NY State you have to drive through some very dangerous areas where you pray that you don’t have to stop for anything The background verification for buying a handgun in NY State are the almost the same as Texas yet neither recognizes the other. This is true about a lot of states in this country and should be changed. We are, after all, supposed to be “One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All” (unless you are Hillary Clinton where the laws of the land don’t apply)
      BTW, I did NOT carry into NY State or on the entire road trip but was a little nervous the entire time I was traveling. I’m too old to get into a fist fight now days and my carry gun is about my only protection. NY is a pretty violent state in a lot of areas. It’s not like Chicago or Detroit but it’s running close.

  • USMCPatriot of the US Constitution September 17, 2016, 12:05 am

    +Proof that the left and the media that supports them will not let a little thing such as the truth to stand in their way. the tactics employed here make the documentary a fictional piece cause it distorts the reality of the interviews and answers given. The hard truth backed up by tons of evidence is and its unpopular is that Gun control is the problem not the answer. Every single area that has legal carry (open or concealed) has lower crime rates than these gun free areas. Gun free is a term in criminal circles that say nothing here but victims with no defense – open season. In most cases the police take reports on crime and rarely have direct interaction when they are needed most. They are responders and can only react to most situations. Sure there are stings and undercover cops and even patrol officers that happen upon crimes in their daily jobs and that’s great – presence helps but careful criminals such as gangs and cartels do operate in front of police. The vast amount of crime committed happens then investigated and a certain percentage solved. This is small consolation to victims of violent crime who may be injured or killed by the criminal. One MUST be able to protect themselves because relying on the police to do it is a common and dangerous fantasy and not reality. How many Famous and powerful people rely on the police only to protect them……… That’s what I thought!

  • Drew September 16, 2016, 4:10 pm

    The level of bull weighed in at over 14 Courics!

  • Irish-7 September 16, 2016, 2:06 pm

    I enjoyed the comments far more that the video! How reassuring to see others that think the same way as I do!

  • David Keith September 16, 2016, 1:24 pm

    Lawsuits against this kind of Hollywood doctored style of reporting need to be used every chance 2nd Amendment people get. The loss of money is the only thing these dirt bags understand.

  • Larry September 16, 2016, 11:31 am

    Sue her pinko commie arse off!

  • Wayne Cook September 16, 2016, 10:24 am

    Perhaps a fund could be setup to sue these people one by one until they run for cover. ACLJ does that for churches, home schooling parents and Christians attacked for not selling cakes to same sex wedding couples.

    Is there a law firm which does that for gun groups? Does the ILA arm of NRA do a legal pursuit of gun grabbers?

  • Patriot September 16, 2016, 10:22 am

    Couric and Bloomberg, they are two of a kind and both are ROTTEN TO THE CORE. Couric has always been a liberal network news idiot that was difficult to tolerate. There is no doubt at this point that she is very gun control biased and influenced by Bloomberg to report the gun control news in a contrived sound and video presentation in such a way that it would imply the pro-Second Amendment people do not understand what they are supporting. Couric has admitted doing this and has apologized for doing this. 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. It is a fact that COURIC’S CONTRIVED LIBERAL GUN CONTROL NEWS is assisting a LIBERAL GUN CONTROL BLOOMBERG to change the Second Amendment in order to disarm Americans.

  • Allen Lawson September 16, 2016, 10:02 am

    As good as the women is at telling lies I think she may be a niece of Hillary.

  • RetNavet September 16, 2016, 9:33 am

    Fantastic!!!! Hope the mendacious bitch gets burnt to the ground and run into lifelong financial ruin…..once she is done for, time to go after bigger libtard fish with deeper pockets…imagine George Soros being force to live out his miserable life in a cardboard box on a traffic island

    • Chuck Kimberl September 16, 2016, 11:55 am

      Hear, hear!!

  • GRA September 16, 2016, 7:59 am

    I sincerely hope they slam this sorry BITCH. They should also charge her with sedition too for attempting to undermine our rights.

  • Beasthunter September 16, 2016, 5:24 am

    Her name should always be prefaced with “Liberal State-run Media Shill” Katy… – Anyone who’s been a friend and supporter of Hellary for the last 20 odd years has long ago sold her soul for a pittance. Hopefully this legal action is a success and serves as a precedent. Too bad the same sorts as she in the fascist liberal media will do their damnedest to cover up any news of a positive legal decision for “our side”.

  • SuperG September 15, 2016, 10:58 am

    Mt TV watching experience will be that much more pleasurable when this nasty skank is dropped from the airwaves. Nothing she says can be believed as valid, so has no credibility on any subject.

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