The firestorm surrounding the deceptive editing of an anti-gun documentary called “Under the Gun,” executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric, continues apace. Conservatives such as Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh have pounced, pointing out that the editing, which substituted nine seconds of a “B-roll” for four minutes of answers to a question on background checks for gun purchases, was meant to make pro-gun advocates look stupid.

The Washington Free Beacon notes that the question, asked by Couric, of a group of people from the Virginia Citizens Defense League, was followed by nine seconds of the group sitting around in silence.

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The implication was that the pro-gun people were unable to answer the question. But the footage was edited in from an entirely different sequence in which the group was taped just sitting around. However, the raw audio footage showed a four-minute lively discussion about the various nuances of background checks.

Sarah Palin, whose ambush interview at the hands of Couric during the 2008 campaign did much to damage her brand, commented, tartly, on her Facebook page, “Nahhh, Katie Couric would never edit an interview to make a conservative look bad. What a piece of work 'The Perky One' is!” Rush Limbaugh opined that the former “Today Show” host was not only liberally biased but, in the style of a Donald Trump zinger, suggested that she is “Not a nice person.”

Couric and the film’s director Stephanie Soechtig stood behind the editing, claiming that in no way was it meant to be deceptive or to make pro-gun advocates look bad.

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Epix, the cable channel that aired the documentary, also stood behind the film.

Nevertheless, on even casual examination the editing cannot be seen as anything but a deception meant to convey an impression that was at variance to the truth. The technique has been used from time to time but was refined by “The Daily Show” when it was hosted by Jon Stewart. “The Daily Show” would often conduct extensive, hours-long interviews and then edit it down to a few minutes designed to make the subject look horrible, Couric, though, fancies herself a professional journalist and not a left-leaning satirist. Thus, she should have known better.   #Television #Celebrities