- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Epix is standing behind its new Katie Couric documentary “Under the Gun” after its director was accused of deceptively editing an interview between Ms. Couric and a group of pro-gun activists.

At the documentary’s 21:48 mark, Ms. Couric speaks with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun organization, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Ms. Couric asks, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

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The documentary shows the activists sitting in silence for nine seconds, apparently unable to come up with an answer, before it cuts to a different scene.

Raw audio of the interview obtained by the Free Beacon revealed that the activists responded immediately and debated for more than four minutes.

Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said the editing was done deliberately to embarrass the activists.

Katie Couric asked a key question during an interview of some members of our organization,” he told the Free Beacon. “She then intentionally removed their answers and spliced in nine seconds of some prior video of our members sitting quietly and not responding. Viewers are left with the misunderstanding that the members had no answer to her question.”

Nora Ryan, the chief of staff for Epix, told the Free Beacon in an email, “Under the Gun is a critically-acclaimed documentary that looks at the polarizing and politicized issue of gun violence, a subject that elicits strong reactions from people on both sides. Epix stands behind Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, and their creative and editorial judgment. We encourage people to watch the film and decide for themselves.”

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