NRA shreds Katie Couric for deceitfully-edited anti-gun ‘documentary’

The NRA has launched a petition in response to "Under the Gun."On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association shredded Katie Couric after the Washington Free Beacon exposed deceptive editing in an anti-gun documentary entitled “Under the Gun.”

The Free Beacon reported:

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:

But, the Free Beacon added, raw audio reveals something quite different.  Instead of silence, a back-and-forth discussion took place between the activists and Couric:

Naturally, this upset the NRA:

The group has also launched a petition:

The petition reads in part:

Anti-gun media elitists are at it again. For weeks, gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety have been promoting a Katie Couric documentary about “gun violence” in America.

Now, we have proof that “Under the Gun” was deceptively edited to embarrass Second Amendment advocates and tarnish their message.

This is just another example of anti-gun propaganda being passed around as “news” by “journalists” who don’t believe in the Second Amendment, don’t like guns or the people who own them, and are in the pockets of politicians like ex-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton.

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,” said Nora Ryan, the chief of staff for EPIX, the cable channel that is airing the documentary, told the Free Beacon in an email.

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple tweeted a statement from director Stephanie Soechtig:

He also tweeted a statement from Couric:

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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