A big deal at the Sundance Film Festival, where rich gun-carrying liberals go to mock hayseeds, was Katie Couric’s documentary Under the Gun, which used at least one instance of deceptive editing to make gun-owners look dumbfounded under her incisive questioning.
When caught in an outright lie by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which had original audiotape of the interview used in the film, writer/producer/director Stephanie Soechtig responded:
“There are a wide range of views expressed in the film. My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans’ opinions on background checks. I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way.”
Even the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple called Couric and her producers out for such a brazen trashing of the truth.
Here the Erik Wemple Blog stroke our gray beard and reflect: In the years we’ve covered and watched media organizations, we’ve scarcely seen a thinner, more weaselly excuse than the one in the block above.
RedState’s streiff summarized Couric’s and her pal filmmaker’s doubling down: “Van Cleave complained. A producer, Kristin Lazure of Atlas Films (@KMLAZURE) gave this response. The tl;dr version is FOAD.”
Now we have EPIX, the cable channel that purchased the holy mother of all gun lies flick, pulling the movie.
A Visit to the movie’s page on the EPIX site is met with the warning, “THIS MOVIE IS NOT CURRENTLY PLAYING ON EPIX.”
And EPIX has provided a ready-made excuse why it did that.
In movie-distribution-speak, this means that this tube of liberal Astroglide was yanked from premier status for actual viewers to see on EPIX and relegated to the Video On Demand (VOD) and Electronic Sell-Through (EST) channels. It means you can buy it on iTunes.
And yes, in fact you can, for $9.99, buy the HD version of this journalistic equivalent of suppressing evidence from the iTunes store. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 100 percent (6 out of 6) positive ratings from critics, but just 27 percent in the audience score. To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy, I haven’t seen the film, but I just flushed a $10 bill down the toilet, so I feel like I’ve seen it.
You know and I know that nobody is going to pay $10 to watch Katie Couric, who used to be a well-known journalist, bait a bunch of gun owners then silence their responses by clever editing. Under the Gun deserved to be buried under the dirt wherever bad documentaries go to die–maybe Michael Moore’s back yard?
So EPIX gets to look like they are telling the truth while Couric and company dive deep into the “I lied but too bad, suck it up” pool. They all deserve each other.