Katie Couric, who still faces a $12 million defamation lawsuit stemming from a deceptive edit in a film she produced, decried the effect of fake news on America during an interview on Thursday.
Couric told the New York Daily News she believes fake news is “tearing [America] apart at the seams” while discussing her latest effort cohosting a music and politics event in New York City. “I remember I got sent a lot of stories from friends who were quite educated and were like, ‘Did you see this?'” Couric said. “And I would say, ‘Come on, you’re kidding, right? This is BS.'”
She did not mention the controversy surrounding a deceptive edit included in her 2016 film Under the Gun. During one scene in the movie Couric is shown asking a group of gun rights activists from the Virginia Citizens Defense League a question about background checks. The group is then shown sitting in silence for nine seconds with nobody offering a response to the question.
However, raw audio of the interview obtained by the Washington Free Beacon last May shows several of the gun rights activists immediately responded to Couric’s question and the silence did not exist. The filmmakers later admitted the answers had been cut from the film and the silence had been added in editing. The Free Beacon later reported that Couric’s previous film Fed Up also faced allegations of deceptive editing.