Stop the Presses! TV News Lies to You!

The video showed the gun right advocates stumped, just stumped by a simple question. Reality disagrees.

Washington Free Beacon:

Gun Rights Group Files $12 Million Suit Against Katie Couric:

The Virginia gun rights group whose members were deceptively portrayed in Katie Couric’s documentary Under the Gun filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against the Yahoo News anchor on Tuesday.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League filed the suit in federal court against Couric, as well as the documentary’s director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films, and the cable channel Epix.

“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 Philip Van Cleave, the group’s president.

“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.”


“If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” Couric asked the group. The film then shows the group sitting silently for nine seconds before cutting away from the interview.

FYI: The word -snip- means I edited out a sentence.  

Apparently the same journalistic ethics are at work at Couric’s old network,  according to Newsbusters:

During Monday night’s CBS Evening News broadcast, a clip of Charlie Rose interviewing Bill Clinton omitted what some would call a Freudian-like slip from Clinton on the status of his wife’s health. Though Clinton corrected himself mid-statement, it was not a message the Clinton campaign, or apparently CBS, wanted out in the public, so they edited it out.

The network backpedaled Tuesday and included the full quote on their morning show but the damage had already been done. Tuesday morning’s cable shows on CNN, MSNBC and Fox all used the edited clip from CBS instead.

The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross first noted the discrepancy between what was played on TV and what CBS’ website read. Here is the full quote posted on CBS’ website:

 BILL CLINTON: Well if it is, it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors, because frequently—well not frequently, rarely—but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.

I put in red the edited portion.  He said frequently, then corrected himself.

It’s called an “internal edit” and usually it is very big no-no in newsrooms.  They edited the inside of his sentence.  Cutting out nonsense before or after a speaker makes their point is normal.  I make audio edits in which a politician stammers, regroups and starts again.  I take the parts which say what they mean to say.  This is a different kind of story.

On this topic, with this kind of attention, I would never do this.  What Bill Clinton says about his wife’s health, with all the misstatements, stumbles and poor word choices must be on the air and in the story.

Whose team is he on, anyway?

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3 Responses to Stop the Presses! TV News Lies to You!

  1. Tulip says:

    It’s actually quite frightening to see the amount of effort the press puts into hiding the truth, when that is the antithesis of what they are supposed to do. I can’t imagine the intellectual gymnastics they must go through to rationalize such behavior and still consider themselves journalists.

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  2. It took a bit of work to edit out Clinton’s words. They added video of the interviewer to avoid showing the edit. All TV news is edited, but this was deliberately manipulated.


  3. onwyrdsdream says:

    They award people like Michael Moore, obviously they think presenting things deceptively to make the opposite of what the facts actually show appear to be true is legit.


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