Unbelievably: Katie Couric “Apologizes” with Second Misleading Edit, Doubling Down

Katie Couric
Katie Couric “Apologizes” with Second Misleading Edit, Doubling Down
Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Virginia – -(Ammoland.com)- On Monday, Katie Couric issued a public apology about her purposely deceptive editing of the answers Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) members gave to a question about felons and guns.

Unbelievably In Her Apology, Katie Has *Again* Selectively Edited The Response To That Question!

You simply cannot make this stuff up.

On the obscure web page where Katie buries her apology, there is a transcript of the response VCDL’s members gave to katie’s question. The problem is that the transcript stops only about one-quarter of the way into the response, clipping off the most relevant parts of the answer!

And the transcript stops at a convenient place for Katie, where Patricia Webb has just asked Katie rhetorically, “Tell me one law that has ever stopped a crime from happening.” That sounds like an odd response by itself, but Pat goes on to clarify exactly what she means and it doesn’t help Katie’s case. There are other responses damning to Katie’s position on gun control, too, but none of that made it into the transcript.

All Katie had to do was put the audio of the full 4-minute response on the apology page, but she knew that people would be less likely to read a transcript than to listen to some audio. And if they did read the transcript, the last thing they read, with Katie’s edit, sounds like the group isn’t firing on all its cylinders.

If you ignore the twisting of gun-owner’s words by taking a comment out of context, that is not an appolgy.


Instead somebody watching the film on cable will have no idea that there is an “apology” buried on the film’s website for the unethical liberties Katie took with the VCDL members’ responses. Unless the actual responses are put back in the footage where she replaced them with silence, years from now, long after the so-called apology website is gone, this gun-control manifesto will be considered the correct version of events.

No, this is NOT an apology, but Katie simply twisting the knife. She just can’t help herself, I guess. She refuses to have her push for “universal background checks” shown for the worthless bureaucratic process that it is.

Here is the “apology”:


Katie Couric

As Executive Producer of “Under the Gun,” a documentary film that explores the epidemic of gun violence, I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). My question to the VCDL regarding the ability of convicted felons and those on the terror watch list to legally obtain a gun, was followed by an extended pause, making the participants appear to be speechless.

When I screened an early version of the film with the director, Stephanie Soechtig, I questioned her and the editor about the pause and was told that a “beat” was added for, as she described it, “dramatic effect,” to give the audience a moment to consider the question. When VCDL members recently pointed out that they had in fact immediately answered this question, I went back and reviewed it and agree that those eight seconds do not accurately represent their response.

VCDL members have a right for their answers to be shared and so we have posted a transcript of their responses here. I regret that those eight seconds were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously.

I hope we can continue to have an important conversation about reducing gun deaths in America, a goal I believe we can all agree on.

Transcript with VCDL Response:

KATIE: If there are no background checks, how do you prevent … I know how you all are going to answer this, but I’m asking anyway. If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from walking into, say a licensed gun dealer and purchasing a gun?

MALE: Well, one, if you’re not in jail then you should still have your basic rights and you should go buy a gun.

KATIE: So, if you’re a terrorist or a felon …

MALE: If you’re a felon and you’ve done your time, you should have your rights.

MALE: The fact is we do have statutes, both at the federal and state level that prohibit classes of people from being in possession of firearms. If you’re under 18 in Virginia you can’t walk around with a gun. If you’re an illegal immigrant, if you’re a convicted felon, if you’ve been adjudicated in same, these things are already illegal. So, what we’re really asking about is a question of prior restraint. How can we prevent future crime by identifying bad guys before they do anything bad? And, the simple answer is you can’t.

And, particularly, under the legal system we have in the United States there are a lot of Supreme Court opinions that say, “No, prior restraint is something that the government does not have the authority to do.” Until there is an overt act that allows us to say, “That’s a bad guy,” then you can’t punish him.

FEMALE: I would take another outlook on this. First, I’ll ask you what crime or what law has ever stopped a crime? Tell me one law that has ever stopped a crime from happening.

Here, again is the audio of the FULL response that Katie simply will not acknowledge:

About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.

Unbelievably: Katie Couric "Apologizes" with Second Misleading Edit, Doubling Down
Unbelievably: Katie Couric “Apologizes” with Second Misleading Edit, Doubling Down
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I believe a mandate should be issued that requires anyone involved in the media,those with liberal mindsets and individuals ignorant of firearms to buy Windex, clean their stomach windows and cure the ignorance….

Robert Seddon

We (The NRA, VCDL, etc.) should simply do what we are doing, by placing OUR version out there to counteract thiers. PLEASE leave out the juvenile cunning Runts stuff, because that simply gives them the moral high ground, which is where all good PROGRESSIVES want to be.

Robert Seddon

We, the VCDL and other organizations are doing the right and only thing that we can do, and that is to present our side of the story PLAINLY (minus any cunning runt garbage, as that simply detracts from our ability to be taken seriously) and CLEARLY in as many video and print venues as we can. Believe me, we ALL know the grumbling swear words are all felt by ALL 2ond ammendment supporters, but acting juvenile will put the Progressive Hoarde on the moral high ground.This will be a war, but let’s make it a clean and crushing battle.


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Lorraine E Blazich

Katie couric should hide in shame and never be seen or heard from again. Her trips to Jeff Epstein’s kiddie sex island is disgusting. Why she is given any credibility at all is a huge mystery. Everything she says is garbage and shouldn’t be given any p Katie couric should hide in shame and never ever be given any publicity as long as she lives. I find her trips to Jeff Epstein’s kiddie sex island disgusting and she is not entitled to have her perverted opinions recognized ever again. Katie is an terrible person and should never be given any… Read more »

Keith Michalk

Katie Couric is one of the 200 soldiers in this country imperialist soldiers that one to rule the country via the Illuminati NWO or whoever you want to call them who are the dark government in this country along with Oprah. along with other certain people in this country billionaires and they want to eliminate guns. So that can have control over the whole world …Czechoslovakia Guatemala the United States and Switzerland are the only countries that are allowed to bear arms by citizens …we would be taking over by the Communists the Black Knight or whomever are wanting the… Read more »

Michael McCormack

Laws do not stop crime! If they did, the 20,000+ gun laws already passed should have us in negative numbers. Our problem is not cured by law. We need to address the causes of violence and deal with them. Guns Do Not cause violence, violent people cause violence. Disarming peaceful, law-abiding citizens does nothing to address the issue save create more helpless victims.

T Dawg

This “Documentary” was filmed simultaneously as she was filming her previous documentary, you may recall, called, “Inside Katie’s Colon”, about Colon cancer. I see the Cancer has spread!


Does she actually get paid or is she just so rich that she can say and do anything without reprisal?


What a B#^$# she should be fired

Scotty Gunn

Liberals are not ashamed at twisting and lying for their cause. Nor are they ever apologetic when caught.


So, when they wanted to “Get” Palin, during the last Pres. Election, they sent in Katie, and she got the job done. Now they’re afraid that Hillary’s heavy handed anti gun platform is alienating potential voters, so they send in Katie once again to provide cover with this heavy handed propaganda piece. And now that Katie kind of blew it, and the press is reporting the deception, magically there are several mass shooting incidents that should give cover to what Katie did? Coincidences? Well sure, coincidences happen all the time. Then again,….. It kind of makes you wonder. Reminds me… Read more »


They did it once in Benghazi. Lucky for them those guys saved their ass, if those guys didn’t fight it would have been a different election.


My suggestion to her is this…you have two of those so stick the one where the sun don’t shine and the other in you disgustingly ugly mouth then switch.


The picture with this article of Katie Couric acting sophomoric with her middle finger accurately sums up her stature as a serious journalist.

Mark W.

There is another part that is edited as well and is very important in my eyes: KATIE: If there are no background checks, how do you prevent … I know how you all are going to answer this, but I’m asking anyway. If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from walking into, say a licensed gun dealer and purchasing a gun? In the actual tape the question is changed to omit the “licensed gun dealer” portion of the question. They had to remove it because the answer is they would have… Read more »

Wild Bill

Oh Mark W, young person that has never known the freedom of walking into a hardware store, putting down cash and walking out with your cherished new firearm. American law was set up to let people do as they wished, and if they broke the law they were punished. Pyscho-social studies teach us that surety of punishment is the governing factor. If they murdered, they were executed. Those are how you prevent felons and terrorists from buying a gun.
It is long past time for a return of freedom, the demise of the BATFE, the GCA, and the NFA.

Mark W.

Wild Bill, I agree and in no way was trying to say that I agree with the restrictions but just pointing out the deceit that she not only edited the response to her initial question but also edited the question that was initially asked, which could have made a huge difference on the answer provided by the group.

One of my first .22 rifles was purchased at the hardware store and I still have the rifle.

Wild Bill

That is funny, Lou. Oh, and I enjoyed the hiLiary’s girl friend, Katie, too.
W, I can see that I was in error. I stand corrected, my apologies, Sir.

Mark W.

No apology needed Sir, fight on and I have your back


Wild, well stated, I remember those times. Too much red tape and political correctness.


When will conservatives quit trusting liberal “journalists”? Quit allowing them to manipulate and control the narrative.


Hope she is never in need of help from a gun owner.they might just apologize and walk away.,but we all know,we have more class than that.

Wild Bill

Ross, I hope that she does!


I would not piss on her if she was on fire, one nasty individual


If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly. Thomas Sowell


Great take Chain. Most of our media in the U.S. is slanted, so I flip back and forth from Fox to CNN and read different blogs just to get some kind of real take on an issue or news event.


Ask the little runt to place a sign in her law or door that she lives in a gun free zone!

scott hill

Rude and disrespectful, She says everything in the photo with her single finger salute to gun owners . Says all it needs to . I have always considered myself liberal and supportive. But with the Demos attitude like this I have lost respect for so much from the left ,as they will lie ,cheat , etc. to defend their stance of no rights for law abiding Americans. Disgusting person .

Wild Bill

Yeah scott, and her disrespectful gesture evidences her motivation in creating the propaganda piece. She is caught! Now, lets not let her get away with it. Anybody have an address and name of her boss, to write to?


She has been relegated to Yahoo News. That’s where you will find her.


Again, this is abusing Freedom of the Press. A reporters opinion is not news and to put a political spin on that should be illegal. Yes it is free speech but it is a left wing lie to report as news.

Danny Willard

Katie did not make a documentary on guns, she made a typical left wing, biased, anti-gun film. It is typical of the lying media which most honest citizens have learned to loathe and hold in contempt.
It will not get any better until people quit watching the liars and only watch the news media that is reporting the news and not those who are intentionally distorting facts.

2nd Amender

Aren’t we all tired of the attacks on our Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights And Freedoms by these highly paid “mouths” with well known faces attached! There are no “so called liberals”! These actors and politicians who have infiltrated our main stream culture by any means possible are Communists. Prior to the 60’s, when this anti-American Movement took hold on college campuses, these traitorous scum would be hiding in dark unnamed places. Time to take the gloves off and call “a spade a spade”. These creeps hide under their own mandated political correctness. They have warped the minds of too many of… Read more »

Chris Cliff

Katie Couric is just another STUPID BROAD HEAD UP HER TIGHT ASS CHOKING THE OXYGEN OFF KILLING HER LAST FUNCTIONAL BRAIN CELL chick seduced by TRANNY MIKE’S money. His billions make people stupid.


Q:What is the difference between Katie Couric out jogging and a midget criminal mastermind?
A:One of them is a cunning runt.

The Mechanic

And we all know what the other one is………..


Someone should post contact info to Katie Couric so we can all bombard her with emails about how much of a piece of shit she is.


Firearm related crime (the liberals like to say ‘gun violence’ to demonize firearms. Inanimate objects don’t/can’t commit violence) is at 30 year lows and falling. The socialist scum will never admit to that but will lie about it instead.


Google ,Chicago shootings for 5/30, 98 % black initiated which is never mentioned, by this scam-ass media.

Chris Cliff

You’re 100% correct.


Are any of us really surprised by this? Hitler did the same thing. Their day is coming……… hopefully. What scares me more is the complacency of the American people..