Katie Couric has been caught with her finger on the delete button.
The Yahoo! News anchor's anti-gun documentary, Under the Gun, is now airing on EPIX. In it, Couric interviews some members of the gun rights group, Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).
At a little over 20 minutes into the movie, Couric asks the group:
"If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”
For the next nine seconds, the VCDL members stare at the ground in silence. Here's the footage:
A great "gotcha" moment, right?
Except now, The Washington Free Beacon has obtained the unedited audio from the actual interview that proves they were anything but silent in answering her query. Listen below as members of the VCDL shower her with answers for four minutes straight:
The evidence is clear: she meant to embarrass these gun enthusiasts and was not afraid to silence their voices to buttress the narrative. And EPIX is standing behind the deception:
Under the Gun is a critically-acclaimed documentary that looks at the polarizing and politicized issue of gun violence, a subject that elicits strong reactions from people on both sides. EPIX stands behind Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, and their creative and editorial judgment. We encourage people to watch the film and decide for themselves.
VCDL's president, Philip Van Cleave, defended his members against the outright attack:
“Katie Couric asked a key question during an interview of some members of our organization. She then intentionally removed their answers and spliced in nine seconds of some prior video of our members sitting quietly and not responding. Viewers are left with the misunderstanding that the members had no answer to her question.”
Couric's motto? Never let truth get in the way of my agenda.