Maintaining that Couric intentionally meddled with the material involving them to portray them as unable to counter her arguments, the Virginia Citizens Defense League launched a $12 million lawsuit against the reporter.
Believe it or not, this is not the first time Couric has been accused of misrepresenting interview subjects in a documentary. Guests for her Fed Up film about the food industry came forward this year to claim that they were treated as cranks similar to how the gun owners in Under the Gun were:
“The group claims the way filmmakers edited an interview with Virginia Citizens Defense League members made them look foolish.
‘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,’ Philip Van Cleave, President of the VCDL, said. ‘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.’
Last May Couric said she regretted a ‘misleading’ portion of the documentary that she produced and narrated.
‘I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League,’ Couric said in a statement.
The pivotal edit in the documentary made a group of gun rights activists seem stumped by one of Couric’s questions. The edit was exposed by a blogger.”