A source close to Katie Couric has said that the journalist now regrets the underhanded way in which the director of the gun documentary Under the Gun edited an interview to make gun owners look stupid. Considering that her alleged “regret” has only come after she got caught, most would probably agree that it’s too little, too late.
TheWrap – which typically covers Hollywood news – reported:
The individual spoke to TheWrap and said that director Stephanie Soechtig inserted the pause, which critics are calling an example of “deceptive” and “appalling journalism.”
“This was an unnecessary mistake,” the individual told TheWrap. “It did not represent editing someone’s sentences, there was no factual error, this is not a mistake that is a substantive mistake. It could have been avoided,” he said, adding: “This was a poor decision that was made and it involves silence.”
Soechtig also spoke to TheWrap and stood by the editing choice.
“I would never misrepresent someone’s point of view and I don’t think I did by doing this,” she said. “I don’t think I misrepresented gun owners or the people featured in the film.”
In the documentary Under the Gun, in which Couric is executive producer and narrator, the journalist follows victims of “gun violence” in their quest for stricter gun control. Members of the gun rights organization Virginia Citizens Defense League are interviewed and asked a question about background checks.
The way the exchange is edited in the film makes it appear as though the gun rights activists had no answer to Couric’s question. In reality, however, people offered immediate and intelligent responses. Those responses were edited out – and replaced with b-roll footage of the audience waiting before the interview started – to make the gun owners look speechless and ignorant. The director Stephanie Soechtig as well as Couric herself initially denied any wrongdoing and said that their intention was to “provide a pause for the viewer.” Unlike Couric’s supposed “regret,” Soechtig still stands by her edits.