A quick recap: Two weeks ago we learned that Katie Couric’s anti-gun documentary, Under the Gun, used deceptive editing to make it look like she had stumped gun-rights activists with a tough question. Unfortunately for her, the group was recording the interview as well. Here’s what was shown in the film, followed by the full audio of the conversation.
That was bad enough. Then Couric issued an “apology” that didn’t really qualify as an apology because she was still lying.
And then we learned that the director of Under the Gun, Stephanie Soechtig, publicly admitted to breaking federal gun laws:
When Sean Davis at The Federalist asked Soechtig for comment, she just made things worse for herself:
In response to a series of detailed questions about the incident posed by The Federalist, Soechtig simultaneously confirmed that she and her team skirted federal gun laws and declared that they did absolutely nothing wrong:
“While it may seem hard to believe that one could buy these types of guns this easily, all purchases in the film were made completely legally. Arizona law allows out-of-state residents to buy long guns (i.e. rifles, shotguns, military style assault rifles) from a private seller without a background check. It also allows Arizona residents to buy handguns from a private seller without a background check.
“We demonstrated both versions of this dangerous loophole in the film on a hidden camera, in full compliance with both state and federal laws. The rifles – including a Smith and Wesson M&P 15, the gun used in the Aurora massacre – were purchased by an out of state resident. The handgun was purchased by an Arizona resident.
“These guns were then turned over to law enforcement and destroyed. They never left the state of Arizona.”
When combined with her statements during her interview with The Lip TV, Soechtig’s latest statement provides clear evidence that she and her team did not follow all applicable gun laws.
Doing something illegal and then declaring it legal does not, in fact, make it legal. Why should we listen to these people’s opinions on gun laws when they don’t even know what’s legal and what isn’t?
Here’s the footage of the illegal act in question, courtesy of Ammoland:
But wait, there’s more! If you’ve been wondering if this is the first time Couric has pulled this sort of crap, the answer is no. Guy Bentley reports:
Katie Couric has been accused of doctoring a second documentary to embarrass an interviewee who disagreed with her worldview.
Directed by Stephanie Soechtig and produced by Katie Couric, the documentary “Fed Up” took aim at the food industry and the role processed foods and sugar play in contributing to obesity.
One of the film’s participants has come forward with accusations eerily familiar to those made against Couric during her recent film “Under the Gun.”
Here’s the video, courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon:
Dr. David Allison says he did answer the question, after taking a moment to think through what he wanted to say. His answer was not included in the film. As with the deceptive edit in Under the Gun, this was a deliberate attempt to make it look like Couric had stumped an ideological opponent with a tough question.
Here’s another deceptive edit from the same film. Soechtig is speaking to Lisa Gable, a spokeswoman for the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation:
According to Stephen Gutowski at the Free Beacon, that last offscreen comment, “It feels like you’re avoiding the question,” was taken from another part of the interview and edited in, followed by Gable’s silence. Once again, the intent was to make it look like the filmmakers had stumped one of the “bad guys.”
Some people think Yahoo should fire Katie Couric, but I’m not so sure. She should stay right where she is and keep behaving the way she does. Let everyone see just how these frauds operate. Let her serve as an example of the left’s utter corruption.
And now, on a lighter note:
Fake but accurate. That’s how it works, right?