Katie Couric Faces $12 Million Suit for Defaming Gun Owners
Former NBC journalist Katie Couric is being sued for $12 million by Second Amendment proponents who say she defamed them in a trailer for her pro-gun control documentary, Under the Gun.
Several members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League who appeared in a trailer for the documentary argue Couric and the movie’s producers “intentionally manipulated” and edited “misleading footage” making the gun owners appear in a negative light.
“The film contains false footage purporting to show members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League sitting silently, stumped, and avoiding eye contact for nearly nine seconds after Couric asked, ‘if there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?’” the complaint submitted to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday states.
“After nearly nine seconds of silent footage – instead of the responses that the VCDL members had actually provided – the Defendants inserted footage of someone closing the cylinder of a fully-loaded revolver, driving home the point that the exchange was over,” the plaintiffs argue in court documents obtained by Infowars.com. [emphasis theirs]
“The manipulated footage falsely informed viewers that the VCDL members had been stumped and had no basis for their position on background checks.”
Back in May, the Washington Free Beacon obtained audio from the actual interview in which Couric posed the question to VCDL members, revealing there was no awkward silence and instead showing members immediately responding to Couric.