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    How a Gun-Rights Group Just Set a New Precedent for Taped Interviews

    Armed & Dangerous: How a Gun-Rights Group Just Set a New Precedent for Taped Interviews

    by Joe Concha | 9:49 pm, May 31st, 2016

    Given all the controversy surrounding a deceptive edit exposed in the anti-gun documentary Under the Gun, one very big question is getting overshadowed as Katie Couric‘s credibility takes a huge, arguably unrecoverable hit:

    How did we get here?

    In other words, let’s play this hypothetical scenario out to make a point:

    – An anti-gun activist decides to do a documentary on gun violence in America
    – Said activist happens to be a longtime friend of Katie Couric, arguably one of the biggest names in broadcast news over the past quarter-century
    – Couric reaches out to the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights advocacy group to inquire about it participating in the documentary
    – VCDL agrees
    – Couric meets with the group in a rented conference room in Northern Virginia

    The documentary is then edited and released on EPIX. The VCDL sees themselves being completely misrepresented in a key enough moment in the film to be highlighted in the trailer. In the moment in question, Couric appears to ask a devastating question around background checks… a question met by stunned silence from those being questioned for eight long seconds as they search their collective heads for an answer, with one man even bowing his head in shame.

    But everyone in the room — including Couric — knows this didn’t happen. So the group decides to protest on its website and to anyone in the media willing to listen to them that the film is dishonest and patently misleading.

    But Couric and the film’s producer (Stephanie Soechtig) are steadfast in their denials. They insist it is exactly how it went down. In the end, it’s basically the VCDL’s word vs. Couric, a winner of two Edward R. Murrow awards in the past decade and as beloved by media elites and A-listers in general as it gets, even today as she reaches the twilight of her career. For her part, Couric says “she’s proud of the film” and stands by her director, while Soechtig says the group is portrayed fairly and claims nothing was altered.

    As a result, the story gains zero traction because of the he-said-she-said aspect alone. Without some kind of tangible proof, the VCDL is screwed.

    But that’s not what happened, is it? A VCDL member did decide to tape the entire interview, unbeknownst to Soechtig and Couric. They are able to present damning evidence on its website. The VCDL’s audio is first reported by the Washington Free Beacon‘s Stephen Gutkowski. It grows legs from there because the contrast of what is presented in the documentary and the VCDL’s raw audio make one of the more easy stories of blatant bias you’ll see.

    At the center of it all? Katie Couric, journalism royalty… who only after five days of growing criticism* finally gets around to offering up an apology (an apology, of course, that doesn’t call on Soechtig to pull the documentary or at least the scene in question).

    *Note: The “growing criticism” of Couric wasn’t exactly an avalanche, particularly in traditional media. At last check, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC all didn’t touch the story on its air (Fox News has on several occasions, including Howard Kurtz’s Media Buzz on Sunday). Questions: Is it because gun advocates exposed the deceptive edit? Is it because — as CNN’s Brian Stelter points out — that the documentary is “an obscure, barely-watched film” despite having someone of Couric’s stature involved and therefore not worthy of covering in an on-air report/segment? These are questions without definitive, tangible answers. But at least from this perspective, it’s difficult to justify a complete omission given how this deception was revealed (concretely) and whom was involved (Couric).

    But what’s the bigger takeaway here? That decision to record the interview by the VCDL, of course. It could have been done on a phone, with a small digital recorder that can fit in a palm of a hand or in a shirt pocket. Bottom line: We can record anyone, anytime, anywhere these days with one push of a button on devices like phones we’re almost expected to be holding in our hands anyway. Mitt Romney may well have been president save for the secretly recorded 47 percent tape. Donald Sterling would almost certainly be president of the Los Angeles Clippers if not exposed via a secret recording by his girlfriend revealing racist remarks that forced him to sell the team.

    Either way, if I’m any politician or member of an activist group or even just your average person sitting down for a taped interview, I look back at what the VCDL accomplished here as a how-to-avoid-being-inaccurately-portrayed guide… because I can’t trust what the messenger regardless of who’s asking the questions.

    Final Scoreboard: Katie Couric’s reputation and credibility — one that has seen very little controversy over nearly three decades — may be irreversibly harmed.

    Stephanie Soechtig’s documentary — one she likely put months into planning, filming, editing and selling — has already been roundly dismissed as dishonest and basically a joke.

    The Virginia Citizens Defense League: Its credibility very much intact instead of being made to look like buffoons courtesy of Couric and Soechtig.

    It’s a new media world we live in. And when the next big media member is caught red-handed for deceptive edits and dishonesty, think back to this moment.

    Because more than a few folks will come armed for interviews moving forward.

    Not with a gun, but with phones and a recording app.

    >>Follow Joe Concha on Twitter @JoeConchaTV
    It's a new media world we live in. And when the next media member is caught red-handed for deceptive edits, think back to this moment...
    Pat ------> NRA Lifetime Endowment Member #FAAFO

    The old adage is true even today ..., cover your ass ( CYA) document , document, document ... Whether on paper (notes) or on tape never let your guard down ! Great job VCDL ! . Lying bitches



      Who thought that Dan Rather would one day be taken down by his "yellow journalism"? Hopefully Couric will be next.


        It should be standard practice of ANYONE interviewed by the press to keep a separate record just for this reason, because they are dishonest and unfair. Also, if they misrepresent you do the new SOP: sue them.


          Katie needs to do another TV colonoscopy to check for her brains. Leftist Bitch


            And, still no one cares. The sheeple will continue to listen to the MSM as if they're preaching gospel because Katie was once perky & had a nice smile.
            Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.


              And the hits just keep on coming ...


              ‘Under the Gun’ Director, Stephanie Soechtig, Confesses to Federal Gun Crimes

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              Ms. Stephanie Soechtig excitedly states in a video interview with The Lip TV how she brazenly broke federal gun laws for Katie Couric’s anti gun hit piece Under the Gun..
              Stephanie Soechtig AmmoLand Gun News USA – -( Katie Couric is already facing a firestorm of criticism for the deceptive editing tactics used in her latest anti-gun documentary, Under the Gun.
              Tactics that falsely attempted to portray gun rights supporters as being dumbstruck by a question about background checks.
              The biased editing led to EPIX pulling the documentary and Ms. Couric issuing a statement acknowledging the deception. Unfortunately, the controversy with this sham documentary may only be just beginning, as now it appears that criminal activity was committed by makers of the film in the process of making it.
              As has been reported by numerous outlets, Ms. Couric intentionally made members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League appear speechless following a question about background checks, when in fact they provided a well thought out and intelligent response. You can read the whole story in a post from the League’s president, Philip Van Cleave, here.
              Naturally, the proponents of the film are doing their best to bury the controversy, but no amount of PR work may mitigate the likely violations of federal law induced and committed by the documentary’s staff.
              In February, The Lip TV interviewed the film’s director, Stephanie Soechtig, prior to the film’s release. During this interview, Ms. Soechtig openly discussed how she sent a producer of the film, who resides in Colorado, to Arizona to purchase firearms (including three pistols) privately. [original video marker 1.27]
              According to Ms. Soechtig, the producer met a private seller in a parking lot of a local Wendy’s, and in less than four hours and without a background check, obtained a Bushmaster rifle and three handguns. ( AmmoLand News has highlighted the exact video portion in question below, see the entire video The Lip TV link above. https:// )
              Ms. Soechtig incredulously states in her interview how such a private party transfer was legal, but, in fact, under existing federal law, it was illegal.

              It is unknown what happened to these firearms and whether or not they returned with the producer to Colorado. Presumably, this crime was committed in order to highlight what the film’s proponents believe to be current inadequacies federal firearm laws, and to educate viewers on the process for obtaining a firearm. As Ms. Soechtig stated, all of the film’s content was “news to me.” Apparently, existing federal law prohibiting private interstate firearms transfers is also something that will also come as “news” to Ms. Soechtig and her staff.
              Under current federal law it is a violation for any person to transfer, sell, trade, give, transport, or deliver any firearm to any person who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe does not reside in the state in which the transferor resides. (18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(5).) Thus, by asking a private party in Arizona to sell the Colorado producer firearms, Ms. Soechtig and her staff induced an otherwise law abiding citizen to commit a federal crime. There was nothing legal about what Ms. Soechtig and her staff did, despite their slanted attempt to portray in their documentary the private sale of firearms as unregulated and legal.
              It is also unlawful for any person other than a dealer to transport into or receive in the state where they reside any firearm purchased or otherwise obtained outside that State. (18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(3).) Violations of these laws results in a hefty fine and a felony conviction of up to five years. (18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(1)(D).) Further, if two or more persons conspire to commit any offense, and at least one person commits an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy, each party to the conspiracy can also face an additional fine and imprisonment for up to five years. (18 U.S.C. § 371.)
              In other words, in nakedly advocating for more gun control laws in a one-sided and deceptive piece of propaganda, Ms. Soechtig and her staff likely violated existing federal laws by apparently conspiring to unlawfully import firearms from Arizona into Colorado, and by failing to properly conduct an interstate firearms transfer through a dealer.

              It is clear from the fraudulent way in which gun rights supporters were portrayed in the documentary, and the unlawful way in which firearms were obtained to support the documentary’s gun control theme, that neither truth nor the law were concerns of Ms. Soechtig or her staff in creating the film.

              Given this latest development, Ms. Soechtig, Katie Couric, and any other individual involved in this possible conspiracy should seek legal counsel immediately, as each could face criminal charges stemming from violations of federal firearm and conspiracy laws.

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              Last edited by BLAMMO!!; 06-03-2016, 11:24 AM.
              Give a man fire, and he stays warm for one night. Set a man on fire, and he stays warm for the rest of his life.


                Two lying cheating skanks for the price of one I see. They should both rot in Hell.


                  Originally posted by bigbore44 View Post
                  Two lying cheating skanks for the price of one I see. They should both rot in Hell.
                  They should rot in Leavenworth.
                  Give a man fire, and he stays warm for one night. Set a man on fire, and he stays warm for the rest of his life.


                    Both Couric and the director made public statements of apology regarding the selective editing but they haven't adjusted the film.... interesting. Audio was released officially debunking the 8 second pause which forced the apology from both these shit birds.

                    Couric is being destroyed on Facebook.

                    John Lott's 4 hour interview never made it to the film. Guess he debunked the entire film's message so it couldn't be used.
                    Last edited by mossy930spx; 06-05-2016, 03:30 AM.