Katie Couric has finally released a public statement regarding her gun documentary Under the Gun, in which she makes an apology for the deceptive editing that took place at the hands of the film’s director Stephanie Soechtig.
Initially, both Couric and Soechtig stood by the edits in the gun documentary that made a group of gun rights activists look speechless and unable to respond to a question posed by Couric about guns and background checks.
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Then, a source close to Couric indicated that she had regrets about the underhanded way in which that particular scene was edited.
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And now, Couric has offered an official apology (of sorts) in a statement posted to the gun documentary website:
“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 I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). My question to the VCDL regarding the ability of convicted felons and those on the terror watch list to legally obtain a gun, was followed by an extended pause, making the participants appear to be speechless.
“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….I regret that those eight seconds were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously.”
She doesn’t quite say that she’s sorry, but this is probably the closest she’ll get to an actual apology.