Katie Couric's Pathetic Excuse For Deceptive Editing In Gun Documentary

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig, left, and journalist Katie Couric pose for a portrait to promote the film, "Under the Gun", during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film will debut on May 15 on Epix. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)


What is it with some people that when confronted with their own deception, they cannot just admit they are wrong? Everybody knows about Katie Couric and the documentary she produced that created a scenario within the film that never existed. In order to make a gun rights group appear stupid, Couric asked a question about felons getting guns. There was about 10 seconds of silence showing the group entirely unable to answer her question.

She got them.

Of course, it was all a bunch of crap. The raw audio revealed her question was answered immediately and intelligently by a group of people who clearly knew what they were talking about.

At first, Couric, hunkered down, claiming she stood with the director,Stephanie Soechtig, who said she had no “intent” to deceive people who happened to watch the film. That’s like Bernie Madoff claiming he merely “borrowed” his clients money and had no “intention” of stealing it. Soechtig added the pathetic, “I apologize IF anybody feels that way.” That’s not an apology no matter how much she wants to think it is.

Instead of making things better, Katie Couric has decided to dig herself a deeper hole:

“This was an unnecessary mistake,” an individual with knowledge of Couric’s thinking told TheWrap

Katie Couric is upset that an eight-second pause inserted into an interview she did with gun rights activists in the documentary “Under the Gun” has drawn criticism, calling the edit an “unnecessary mistake,” according to an individual with knowledge of her thinking.

What in God’s name does that even mean? An unnecessary mistake? As opposed to the necessary mistakes people make all the time? When is a mistake necessary?

“Oh I’m terribly sorry for that mistake. But it was necessary.” 

Have you ever heard anybody tell you that?

There is nothing wrong with directors and writers using creative liberties in order to tell a story. But that should be reserved for feature films that are based on true stories. It should not be used in documentary filmmaking. What the director did in this case is inexcusable. Couric writing it off as an “unnecessary mistake” only makes it worse.