Katie Couric rightly found herself under fire after it was uncovered that her anti-gun control “documentary” had deceptively edited interviews to discredit the pro-gun side of the story. Not only did they completely exclude the interviews conducted with gun researcher John Lott, they made those in the interviews they did air look clueless. At one point, Couric asks a group of pro-gun individuals how you prevent criminals and terrorists from obtaining guns without background checks – only for the camera to pan out to their stunned faces in silence for 10 seconds.
Except, that’s not what actually happened. Luckily those being interviewed recorded the event too – and we can see that in reality they were practically talking over each other because they couldn’t answer the question fast enough. By the way, if you’re going to deceptively edit someone, how stupid do you have to be to let them record the whole thing?
Couric has defended herself by stating that this is just a singular incident of poor judgement, but her prior documentary “Fed Up” (a critique of the food industry) has been examined, and it turns out there’s much of the same.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Katie Couric’s 2014 documentary Fed Up includes instances of deceptive editing similar to 2016’s Under the Gun, according to several people familiar with the making of the film.
Fed Up, which focuses on obesity and the food industry, was directed by Stephanie Soechtig and produced by Couric. The film includes two interviews with figures who hold viewpoints counter to the narrative of the film, and sources say both interviews include at least one misleading or deceptive edit intended to embarrass the interviewee.
Dr. David Allison, an interview subject in the film and the director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, says he was a victim of shoddy journalism. “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,” he told the Washington Free Beacon.
After a brief exchange in the film between Allison and Couric over whether or not sugary beverages contribute more to obesity than other foods, Couric asks Allison about the science behind his objections. Allison then begins to explain before stumbling and asking Couric if he could pause to “get his thoughts together.”
Allison said Couric had told him it would be all right to pause and gather his thoughts at any point during the interview if he felt he needed to.
“Ms. Couric had said to me at the beginning of our interview ‘You know, Dr. Allison, if at any point you need to go over an answer, you stumble on your words, just let me know, we’ll stop, and you can go back over it,’” he said.
Couric responds to Allison’s on camera request by saying “Okay,” but the film shows Dr. Allison sitting silently for another seven seconds before cutting to another interview. Allison is not shown again in the film.
As you probably gleaned, that was a similar deceptive edit to the one she used in “Under the Gun.”
Who knows what will become of her career at this point? Maybe she can start a show with other journalistic greats like Brian Williams or something.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]