The investigation of accusations regarding the deceptive editing of an anti-gun documentary has revealed similar accusations involving an earlier documentary.
The 2016 documentary “Under The Gun,” produced by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig, includes interviews with members of the Virginia Citizen’s Defense League, an advocate group of the Second Amendment.
During the interview, Couric asked, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”
The film was edited to include a nine-second pause following the answer, suggesting the group was unable to provide a prompt answer to the question. Fortunately, there is audio of the exchange, which clearly shows there was, in fact, a quick reply to the question.
Now, information has come to light which shows this was not the first time Couric and Soechtig have worked together on a film.
In 2014, the pair released a documentary dealing with the obesity problem entitled “Fed Up.”
Now, allegations of misleading or deceptive editing have again been made against Couric and Soechtig. The edits, similar to those in the gun documentary, were done seemingly with the intention to cast those interviewed in a negative light.
According to Dr. David Allison, director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, he was a victim of shoddy journalism. In a statement to the Washington Free Beacon, Allison said, “What she did to me is antithetical to not only just human decency and civility but it is antithetical to the spirit of science and democratic dialogue.”
Allison was asked by Couric if sugary beverages contributed to obesity more than other foods, and he seemed to stumble with his answer. He asked for time to “get his thoughts together” before answering the question.
Couric agreed; however, in the finished film Allison can be seen sitting silently for seven seconds before the camera cuts to another interview.
Allison stated he had a very cogent answer to the question. He added that he had answered all of the questions he was asked during the interview, but Couric chose to show “the approximately 10 seconds when I paused and said, ‘Let me collect my thoughts.’”
The second allegation comes from Lisa Gable, spokesperson for the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. She states she and Soechtig were discussing the possible removal of certain items from grocery shelves under a deal with the White House. Following Gable’s response to the question, Soechtig can be heard saying, “It feels like you’re avoiding the question.”
A source in the industry told Free Beacon, “That response from the producer didn’t actually follow that particular exchange and was edited to make it look like that was how their conversation actually went.”
Following the revelation of this incident some, people are calling for Couric to be fired.