‘Under the Gun’ Critics Seek Couric’s Job, Federal Investigation

Above is the altered footage taken from the film “Under the Gun.” It includes a stretch of b-roll taken of the interviewees waiting for the interview to begin, not their actual responses which were recorded and published by the VDCL after being removed from the film.

Criticism continues to hound Katie Couric in the wake of her flawed film “Under the Gun” after interviewees published personal recordings of the interview proving that the filmmakers edited the footage to put gun owners in a negative light. The film contained altered footage of interviews with members of the Virginia Citizens’ Defense League (VCDL).

Philip Van Cleave, VCDL President described “Under the Gun” as an “Infomercial for gun control” and not a documentary as it was originally presented. In the wake of the exposed alterations Couric quietly issued an apology saying “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.”

The unaltered audio recording of the interview is available on the VDCL’s website.

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The NRA-ILA was quick to issue a response of their own, calling for Couric’s job. She currently holds a position at Yahoo! as a Global News Anchor and prior to that she worked on CBS News and the Today Show.

“This is just another example of anti-gun propaganda being passed around as ‘news’ by ‘journalists’ who don’t believe in the Second Amendment, don’t like guns or the people who own them, and are in the pockets of politicians like ex-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton,” said the NRA-ILA on the Frontlines.

“Katie Couric’s deception is unacceptable. As Second Amendment supporters, we are fed up with the media’s smear campaign against guns and gun owners.” The NRA-ILA is asking people to join them by signing their petition.

Other journalists have also criticized Couric, although not always for her ethics. Mathew Ingram writing for Fortune said “[The eight-second pause] has given more ammunition to supporters of Donald Trump and other right-wing gun advocates who argue that the media is biased against their cause and uses tricks to discredit them. In effect, Couric just provided them with some blockbuster evidence that this is in fact the case.” The article was ironically syndicated by Yahoo! Finance.

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Second Amendment expert and staunch gun-rights activist Alan Gottlieb is calling for more than just her job. Speaking for the Second Amendment Foundation he points out that “Under the Gun” depicts the filmmakers breaking serious gun laws in the process. Gottlieb is asking for a full investigation by the Department of Justice.

“There can only be two explanations for this,” said Gottlieb. “Either federal gun laws were violated, or Soechtig made the whole thing up. If the latter is true, then her credibility just went out the window, taking Couric’s along with it. If the former is true, and the unidentified producer actually did buy the guns, and if he was sent to do that–as Soechtig’s remarks imply–then that’s possible evidence of a criminal conspiracy, or at the very least being an accessory.

“For Soechtig to claim that buying guns in the manner described is legal takes either remarkable audacity or monumental stupidity,” Gottlieb said. “The only way to sort this out is with a full DOJ investigation, which we think should begin promptly.”

Couric and her team probably expected this to blow over quickly and quietly, but it’s clear that “Under the Gun” will be remembered for a long time–just not for the reasons they set out for.

About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • loupgarous April 20, 2018, 5:54 pm

    This is why, in South Park, the metric system unit of fecal weight is the “couric”.

  • John December 5, 2016, 12:27 pm

    And then they wonder why no one trusts the anti-gunners…they can’t support their position without lying. (Or they are totally ignorant on the subject.) We have had out of state anti-gunners come to Illinois to pass a law that anyone that works at a gun store would have to have a background check…apparently they didn’t realize that no one can legally TOUCH a gun in Illinois without a FOID card…(which requires a background check to get)…so anyone that works in a gun store here has already had a background check!!! LoL

    And as seems to happen EVERY time with the anti-gunners they can’t handle a reasonable solution without
    trying to demonize firearms to the general public. And generally can’t be trusted to do as they say they will. Illinois last “reasonable” gun law they tried to pass would have banned EVERY semi auto pistol, rifle, & shotgun.
    Again they couldn’t be trusted to do anything ‘reasonable’.
    And as this show proves, they still haven’t changed.

  • Bob September 11, 2016, 1:03 pm

    As long as the Agenda is being followed the laws don’t apply. When this happened I’m not sure but it is pretty obvious and across the board….FBI with Hillary and the ATF with illegal gun purchases mentioned above, Obama and the Mexican gun running scheme…as long as you are trying to remove rights from legal citizens and advance the Alinsky protocols it’s all good…

  • Chuck June 10, 2016, 10:06 am

    If anyone thinks Katie Couric is going to lose her job, don’t hold your breath waiting. The scumbags in the media love boneheads like this and count on them to spew propaganda to the masses.

    • loupgarous April 20, 2018, 6:06 pm

      Katie Couric works for Yahoo!News, which runs articles from ThinkProgress as straight news (not activist propaganda), and also employs the widely discredited Michael Isikoff (remember his “desecrated Koran” article that kicked off a hundred riots in the Middle East and South Asia?).

      Yahoo!News is apparently where you go when no one else in the mainstream media will hire you. I’ve never heard of anyone being hired away from them.

  • David June 10, 2016, 9:38 am

    When I was growing up and we watched the evening news, we trusted the media that we were getting the truth as best they knew. There were reports and reporters that we had confidence in. Now we should have Truth IN ADVERTISING requirements for when we are watching news SHOWS which contain Creative Journalism.

    • Jay Warren Clark June 10, 2016, 6:01 pm

      David: That was long long ago in a far away land. JWC

  • DRAINO June 10, 2016, 9:17 am

    Media DEFINITELY needs to start being held accountable for what they report. I think penalties need to include being banned from reporting(all media types) for a period of time, loss of press credentials, even fines and jail time if warranted. They need to be held liable. Some of this reporting is just downright un-professional, un-called for and just plain made up, not to mention irresponsible. Have to hit them in the wallet, where it hurts to straighten them out. It’s sad, but necessary.

  • james June 10, 2016, 8:23 am

    When one thinks about the lawlessness of the current administration and the hate for the United States and all things American,Not to mention the apology to the childern of the sneaky back stabbing, war starting people ( I won’t mention )
    I hope Hilery and these others will be left for the next administration,thinking perhaps we will see something called a fair trail then hang them.
    Also QUIT BUYING THEIR RAGS !!! Don’t spend your money on crap,lies trash turn it off.!!! (sorry for the rant)

  • Tom Ornstedt June 10, 2016, 4:54 am

    No other comments? I assume this response was filmed prior to “journalist” Couric’s producer admitting the illegal gun purchases. Now, if I PUBLICALLY admitted to multiple illegal purchases would a DOJ knock on my door be rather certain?

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