31 May 2016 – American newsreader Katie Couric reportedly regrets editing her anti-shooting film to make pro-shooting people look like idiots, according to reports.
Sky News reported that Couric issued a ‘mea culpa’ apology on the website of the film, which is called Under the Gun.
In a segment in Under The Gun, Ms Couric asked activists from the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) how felons or terrorists could be stopped from buying a gun without background checks.
The documentary shows the activists standing in silence for nearly 10 seconds, making the activists “appear to be speechless”.
But audio of the exchange, leaked last week by shooting news website AmmoLand, reveals the activists responded almost immediately to the question.
The original audio and misleading film edit is available here, on Ammoland’s website. The site’s authors write:
Watching the video, you hear Katie ask, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorist from walking into, say, a licensed gun dealer and purchasing a gun?” The camera then shows the group members TOTALLY SILENT FOR EIGHT SECONDS. The camera zooms in on one member, who looks down.
The clear implication is that none of the group had an answer for that question and was being evasive and avoiding eye contact.
Couric’s day job is as the global news anchor of Yahoo! News.