Katie Couric has apologized for the “Under the Gun” documentary that aired on EPIX, saying she regrets the editing process that was “misleading.” The documentary came under scrutiny when it first seemed like a group of gun rights activists were stumped by her question about background checks, taking eight seconds to respond: “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 a statement posted on the “Under the Gun” documentary’s website, Couric took responsibility and expressed regret for the editing process.
“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….
I regret that those eight seconds were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously.” Couric also posted a message on Twitter, saying, “After speaking with Under the Gun director and reviewing editing process, I wanted to respond.” The website also posted a full transcript of Couric’s exchange with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).
was to come to an understanding on how both sides of the gun debate think in the wake of such tragedies as Sandy Hook and the Aurora theater shooting.
“We have to at least understand everyone’s position to figure out if there’s a common ground,” Couric told me.