Journalists are fair, impartial and unbiased reporters of nothing but the cold hard facts, right? Ha! Not in our country in 2016.
In fact, even America’s sweetheart and the news anchor who supposedly could do no wrong has been exposed for lying to and manipulating her audience in her latest documentary, “Under the Gun.”
Katie Couric, the director of the film, and the studios that produced the film are now facing a $12 million lawsuit for allegedly editing their anti-gun documentary in a defamatory way.
In documents provided to BearingArms.com, there are more details about Couric’s horribly unethical behavior and the lawsuit:
Second Amendment rights advocacy organization the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), along with two of its members, today filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films, and Studio 3 Partners LLC d/b/a Epix for false and defamatory footage featured in the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun. The film portrays a fictional exchange in which members of the VCDL appear silent, stumped, and avoiding eye contact for nearly nine seconds after Katie Couric asks a question about background checks. An unedited audio recording of the interview reveals that—contrary to the portrayal in the film—the VCDL members had immediately begun responding to Couric’s question.In the filing, the VCDL, Daniel L. Hawes, Esq., and Patricia Webb allege that the filmmakers knowingly and maliciously manufactured the fictional exchange by splicing in footage that the filmmakers took surreptitiously after telling the interviewees to be silent for ten seconds so that recording equipment could be calibrated. The filing also contains side-by-side screenshots of the film’s footage of the VCDL members and anti-gun advocates, alleging that the filmmakers manipulated lighting to cast shadows on the VCDL members and to make them appear sinister and untrustworthy. “We were horrified to see how Couric and her team manipulated us and the video footage to make us look like fools who didn’t stand up for the Second Amendment,” said Mr. Philip Van Cleave, President of the VCDL. “We want to set the record straight and hold them accountable for what they’ve done. You shouldn’t intentionally misrepresent someone’s views just because you disagree with them.”
The lawsuit, filed in federal court (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia– Richmond Division), seeks $12 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages.
Let’s recap: Katie Couric, her director, and the other producers lied, manipulated, and tricked honest Second Amendment defenders. THEN, they took the footage and edited it in a dishonest way that portrayed them in the complete opposite way they actually responded to questions posed.
This is what Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver and others do in the name of comedy and fake journalism that is actually progressive political propaganda and fake comedy. It’s not funny when they do it and it sure as heck isn’t funny when Katie Couric does it.
Good for these patriots and great Americans calling her out! It’s about time. Now it’s time for all of us who support the Second Amendment to support them by spreading the truth and refusing to support lying journalists.