Katie Couric’s Gungate: This Should Be a Career-Ender

Katie Couric really should have stuck with batting her hyperextended eyelashes on The Today Show and filming the insides of her intestines. As an anti–Second Amendment propagandist, she is too ham-fisted — as she demonstrated in Under the Gun, a propaganda film she narrated and executive produced:

At the 21:48 mark of Under the Gun a scene of Katie Couric interviewing members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights organization, is shown.

Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

The documentary then shows the activists sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer. It then cuts to the next scene. The moment can be watched here: [VIDEO]

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However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists. A back and forth between a number of the league’s members and Couric over the issue of background checks proceeds for more than four minutes after the original question is asked.

Michael Moore must be pleased with the influence he has exerted on mainstream journalists.

Under the Gun has been labeled “dishonest politicking in the guise of media coverage,” “loose with the facts,” and “a full-length assault on guns and the Second Amendment” by those in the gun community since its debut on May 15.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League labeled the deceptively edited segment featured in the film “unbelievable and extremely unprofessional.” Philip Van Cleave, the organization’s president, said the editing was done deliberately to make it appear that league members didn’t have a response to Couric’s question.

“Katie Couric asked a key question during an interview of some members of our organization,” he said. “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.”

When Dan Rather destroyed his own career with the Killian documents, he could at least plausibly plead incompetence. Couric has been caught red-handed committing deliberate, malicious fraud. If there are still any standards at all, she is done in journalism.

Even the liberal Washington Post is appalled, denouncing the excuse that the video was edited so as to provide the viewer with a “moment to consider this important question” as weaselly.

No apologies from Katie Cupcake, who chirps that she is “very proud” of her handiwork.

On tips from Torcer, Ben S, Steve A, and J. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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