Katie Couric is learning a very important lesson the hard way. When you accept the job where the ultimate function of the position is to inform the masses BUT you breach public trust by using deceptive techniques in your reporting, a punishment will ultimately be levied.
A $12 million defamation lawsuit has now been slapped on Katie Couric for her now infamous anti-gun documentary.
As noted by Bearing Arms, Katie Couric, who produced the documentary, and her director Stephanie Soechtig edited the Under the Gun footage in a manner that made it appear that members of a Second Amendment rights group in Virginia couldn’t answer a simple question about gun rights and laws.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and two of its members filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit, which also named Atlas Films and Studio 3 Partners LLC d/b/a Epix for the false footage used in the documentary.
“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 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 viral video of the scene noted in the defamation lawsuit showed the VCDL members appearing to avoid eye contact and sitting in silence for about nine seconds after Katie Couric asked a question about background checks.
When the unedited version of the same scene surfaced, quite the opposite actually occurred.
The members of the gun rights group quickly gave accurate and detailed answers to Couric’s question.
VCDL members Daniel L. Hawes and Patricia Webb claim Katie Couric and the others named in the defamation lawsuit “knowingly and maliciously manufactured” the footage used in the gun documentary.
According to Hawes and Webb, the reason why the group could be seen sitting silently for about nine seconds is because they were told to do so because the recording equipment needed to be calibrated.
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