Lies. Damned lies. And Documentaries. Will THIS be what it takes to stop that trend?
Katie Couric and Stephanie Soechtig dreamed up an anti-gun hit piece, calling it ‘Under The Gun’.
They did what any proper liberal activist of Michael Moore school of filmmaking does when trying to discredit something they don’t like. They lied. They staged shots. They played with lighting. They misrepresented themselves. They manipulated They spliced footage.
They got busted for it. And….
They got sued for defamation.
Second Amendment rights advocacy organization the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), along with two of its members, today filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films, and Studio 3 Partners LLC d/b/a Epix for false and defamatory footage featured in the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun. 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.”
Twelve million is a lot of money.
That’s just compensation. That’s not even the punitive part.
Then there’s the small matter of the fact that — in their zeal to discredit the Second Amendment — felonies were committed.
Things are going from bad to worse for embattled executive producer Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, and their alleged gun-purchasing Colorado producer, believed to be Denver attorney Joshua A. Kunau.
Soechtig’s February video-taped confession of the interstate purchase of firearms by a Colorado-based producer was well-documented by Ammoland.
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.
This was just a small sample of the long list of trouble they got themselves into. See the full article for the restBearing Arms
Let’s recap. Couric and Soechtig, in their attempt to frame and defame one of the most law-abiding groups in the country, used deceit and deception to make their case.
When all was said and done, who broke the law?
THEY did. Themselves.