- - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In January, Epix released ‘Under the Gun,’ a documentary directed and narrated by Katie Couric, which is self-described on its website as one that “examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase.”

Unfortunately, ‘Under the Gun’ was little more than false propaganda to push the anti-gun agenda of the film’s makers, which led The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) to file a federal lawsuit for defamation against Katie Couric and her colleagues on Tuesday for over $12 million.

In the film, Katie Couric sits down with members of the VCDL and asks, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

For six minutes immediately following Ms. Couric’s question, she was provided with reasoned responses from the VCDL members, which was later released in an audio recording.

However, these answers clearly weren’t what Ms. Couric and her colleagues wanted to hear.

So, they decided to edit them out.

And, no, I don’t mean edit out the question altogether or leave out the VCDL members from the final version of the film.

This apparently would not be enough in the minds of Ms. Couric and her colleagues to push their anti-gun agenda.

Instead, they decided to intentionally mislead ‘Under the Gun’ viewers by leaving in Ms. Couric’s question and simply inserting B-roll of the members sitting silently at the table with Ms. Couric in place of their immediate responses to her question.

The unethical swap was undoubtedly made to encourage viewers believe that these Second Amendment experts had no idea what they were talking about and no reason for opposing universal background checks.

Is this what we have turned into in our country? – If you can’t beat them, lie about them?

Ms. Couric should be ashamed of herself.

But, judging by her decision to allow blatantly misleading, unethical edits make their way to the final film, I am not surprised that Ms. Couric let her anti-gun agenda get in the way of the truth.

After the audio recording was released and the truth behind ‘Under the Gun’ was exposed, Ms. Couric issued an apology claiming to take responsibility for her director’s misrepresentation of the exchange Ms. Couric had with VCDL members.

However, ‘Under the Gun’ remains available for purchase and the misleading edits have not been corrected or removed from the film.

Maybe, a dent in Ms. Couric’s pocket will change that.

Madison Gesiotto is a conservative writer and commentator who appears on Fox News Channel. She is currently in the final year of pursuing her J.D. at The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. You can reach her by email at contact@madisongesiotto.com or follow her on Twitter: @madisongesiotto.

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