Katie Couric reportedly regrets the “unnecessary mistake” of editing her documentary Under the Gun in a way that appeared to smear gun rights advocates.
In one scene of the documentary released last week, Couric is speaking to the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and asks, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”
In the documentary, her question is followed by several seconds of silence, suggesting that her question had rendered them dumb.
In fact, the interviewees offered lucid responses to her question almost immediately, a fact that was revealed when the VCDL released their own audio recording of the interview. The VCDL called the edit “unbelievable and extremely unprofessional.”
“I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way,” the documentary’s director Stephanie Soechtig said after the news broke last Wednesday.
Soechtig had said in an official statement: “My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans’ opinions on background checks. I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way.”
Speaking to an anonymous individual, reported to have knowledge of Couric’s thinking, The Wrap reported that the anchor has acknowledged the “unnecessary mistake” of the edit.
“It did not represent editing someone’s sentences, there was no factual error, this is not a mistake that is a substantive mistake. It could have been avoided,” the individual told The Wrap, adding: “This was a poor decision that was made and it involves silence.”
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