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Katie Couric sued for $12 million for defamation for anti-gun agitprop flick

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TV personality Katie Couric is being sued for $12 million for defamation in connection with a celluloid hatchet job that attacks the Second Amendment, Bearing Arms reports.

The movie that makes it appear as if members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) couldn’t answer a simple question is called Under the Gun.

According to what appears to be a statement issued by the plaintiffs’ law firm:

The film portrays a fictional exchange in which members of the VCDL appear silent, stumped, and avoiding eye contact for nearly nine seconds after Katie Couric asks a question about background checks. An unedited audio recording of the interview reveals that—contrary to the portrayal in the film—the VCDL members had immediately begun responding to Couric’s question.

In the filing, the VCDL, Daniel L. Hawes, Esq., and Patricia Webb allege that the filmmakers knowingly and maliciously manufactured the fictional exchange by splicing in footage that the filmmakers took surreptitiously after telling the interviewees to be silent for ten seconds so that recording equipment could be calibrated. The filing also contains side-by-side screenshots of the film’s footage of the VCDL members and anti-gun advocates, alleging that the filmmakers manipulated lighting to cast shadows on the VCDL members and to make them appear sinister and untrustworthy. “We were horrified to see how Couric and her team manipulated us and the video footage to make us look like fools who didn’t stand up for the Second Amendment,” said Mr. Philip Van Cleave, President of the VCDL. “We want to set the record straight and hold them accountable for what they’ve done. You shouldn’t intentionally misrepresent someone’s views just because you disagree with them.”

I’m no lawyer but the litigation seems like a long shot. Even so these propagandists need to be taught a lesson.

By the way, Couric is shown in the above photo at the Under the Gun premiere at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on May 3 this year in Beverly Hills, Calif. The director of the film is  Stephanie Soechtig.

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