Katie Couric: Yes, My Gun Film Had 'Misleading' Edit

She regrets 8 seconds of silence in the documentary
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2016 7:07 AM CDT

Katie Couric initially stood by her gun documentary after critics said it included deceptive editing, but now she's acknowledging that it was indeed "misleading" at one key point, reports the Hollywood Reporter. In a statement posted Monday at the Under the Gun website, Couric says she took another look at a portion of the film in which she asks members of a pro-gun group about how to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists. During the actual interview, members began answering immediately, but in the documentary, the question is followed by a long pause—suggesting they were dumbfounded to come up with responses. (See clip here.)

"I regret that those eight seconds were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously," writes Couric. She explains that when she asked director Stephanie Soechtig and the film's editor about the pause during an early screening, they responded it was there was for "dramatic effect," to give the audience time to ponder the question. But Couric says she took another look in the wake of the controversy and agrees "that those eight seconds do not accurately represent their response." Couric is not just the narrator, she's the executive producer, and she writes that she takes responsibility for the finished version. No word on whether the film will be adjusted accordingly, notes CNNMoney. (More Katie Couric stories.)

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