Many Second Amendment supporters remember Katie Couric getting sued by the Virginia Citizens Defense League and several of its members over deceptive editing in her “documentary” Under the Gun. In a roundtable Q & A session, Couric quizzed the Virginia gun owners about background checks, wondering “how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun” without them.
The “documentary” then cut to nine seconds of VCDL members staring at their feet or off into space, apparently unwilling or unable to answer the question. The problem for Couric is that those members actually had plenty to say.
An audiotaped recording taken by one of the participants shows otherwise — they spoke extemporaneously for several minutes.
“That was not a tough question,” Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens’ Defense League, told NPR. He said he observed the interview in person as it occurred. “That was not a question that our members would not know the answer to. It’s kind of like sins of omission.”
While the Fourth Circuit ultimately ruled against the VCDL and its members in their defamation lawsuit, there was no doubt that Couric’s editing falsely portrayed gun owners in a negative light. Frankly, that should have been the end of Couric’s career, but instead the so-called journalist continued her work with Yahoo News until she left on her own accord in 2017.
In an upcoming memoir, Couric reveals another incident of journalistic malpractice she conducted while at Yahoo; this one involving then-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.