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Which is probably why the formerly overpaid and beyond overrated CBS News anchor thought she could get away with lying her @$$ off about law-abiding gun owners, in the first place.
But Yahoo! Finance, another arm of Yahoo! almost nobody reads either, balked at its Global (Ha! Ha!) news anchor’s creative licensing with the truth.
For all the wrong reasons…
In the grand scheme of things, eight seconds doesn’t sound like much, especially in the context of a long documentary about a complex issue like gun control. But in the current highly-charged political environment, nothing is as simple as it might seem at first, and former TV news anchor Katie Couric is learning that lesson the hard way.
Couric, who worked at the Today Show and CBS News before becoming the global news anchor at Yahoo in 2013, co-produced the documentary Under the Gun with Stephanie Soechtig, and released it earlier this year. Last week, she and Soechtig came under fire for selective editing.
At one point during the documentary, Couric asks representatives of the Virginia Citizens Defense League a question: “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” The VCDL members say nothing for approximately eight seconds as they look around the room, and then one answers.
This pause creates the impression that the gun-ownership advocates were stumped by Couric’s question and struggled to come up with a reply. But as the Washington Free Beacon pointed out last week, the VCDL insists that it answered her question immediately, and there’s an audio recording to prove it. In a statement, the group said:
The editors merged some ‘b-roll’ of our members sitting quietly between questions, followed by Katie asking the felon question. I have the audio of that entire interview and I know for an absolute fact that our members immediately jumped in to answer the question and did NOT just sit there quietly. To the person watching the video, it gave the intentionally false appearance of no one in our group having an answer. …
Here, in part, is Yahoo! Finance’s summation:
So why does an eight-second pause in a documentary matter? In a nutshell, because it has given more ammunition to supporters of Donald Trump and other right-wing gun advocates who argue that the media is biased against their cause and uses tricks to discredit them. In effect, Couric just provided them with some blockbuster evidence that this is in fact the case.
Ah! Knew there had to be a reason.
It’s all about Donald Trump and those dunderhead gun whacks who actually think the Constitution is still relevant in our progressively advanced society.
Which is more than likely why Yahoo! – which has always hemorrhaged $$$ for bad decisions – thought it should hire a washed up former cutsie anchor who was tossed aside by, first this and then this major network, probably because her waddles were beginning to show.
Don’t call me a misogynist for thinking that; CBS is the one that traded Couric out for three 25-year-old babes and a “distinguished,” graying 53-year-old man.
And, while we’re at it, make no mistake; Couric’s hit piece was no mistake.
Still, I really don’t quite know why anybody would be alarmed by Couric’s boldface lies in this or any other story.
After all, she made her bones with the most blatant liars in all of network news.
WHY KATIE COURIC’S ‘UNDER THE GUN’ APOLOGY MEANS NOTHING: “What about repairing the actual film itself?” Christian Toto asks. “That apparently isn’t happening, and that’s why Couric’s apology rings so hollow. So does her promise to take ‘responsibility’ for the edit. What does that mean? How does that manifest itself if the documentary isn’t altered to represent what truly happened?”
… “So before any interview with the media remember to always press ‘record.’ … Not only do you protect yourself and the truth, you also keep people like Katie honest. Because someone has to.”
Funny how the lib media can keep having these kinds of totally honest editing room errors that never even accidentally favor the conservative side of the argument:
Katie Couric’s Career of Attacking Gun Rights
Katie Couric (Not a Nice Woman) Doctors Video to Make Gun Owners Look Dumb
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