We reported extensively on the apparently dishonest tactic used by Katie Couric and her editor of the anti-gun documentary Under the Gun. Specifically, the controversy focused on answers from a gun rights group that were altered for the final film.
The documentary was also accused of not including many pro-gun interviews that Couric conducted for the film.
According to this story from Breitbart.com, radio host John Cardillo claims that interview segments with noted gun scholar John Lott were included in early versions of Couric’s movie, but were removed at the request of anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg following a private screening.
“Cardillo is host of The John Cardillo Show, while Lott is an economist, gun rights author and president and founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center.”
We reported that, when asked about the missing interview, the film’s director, Stephanie Soechtig, explained it by saying:
“(Lott’s) research has been criticized and largely discredited, and when we went to include it in the film, it felt like unnecessary real estate to put in the film, because we know his research has been debunked many times. We kept going back to the idea that we wanted to reserve the real estate in the film for the responsible gun owners.”
“But Cardillo says his brother knows one of the individuals that financed the movie, and that that financier says portions of Lott’s interview were included in the earliest version of the movie, only to be taken out at Bloomberg’s request.
During his own live interview with Lott earlier this month, Cardillo said:
“’I don’t know if you know this… I don’t know if we spoke about this, but my brother knows one of the financiers on the Katie Couric project — he was sort of an ancillary financier who’s actually pro-Second Amendment — and he told me your footage from that documentary was cut after a private between Katie Couric and Michael Bloomberg.’
“Lott responded that he had not heard that. Cardillo then reiterated: ‘Yes. They were going to run it, and Bloomberg and Couric had a private screening and after that screening is when your footage was cut.’”
Breitbart News spoke to Lott on Monday about the missing interview, and this is what he told them:
“Katie Couric and her staff interviewed me for almost six hours—two hours pre-interview and then almost four hours on tape—and what I found is that the filming that they did of me was used extensively in the movie, originally. But Katie Couric did a private screening for Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg apparently insisted that anything from me be removed from the movie.”
Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, is the founder of the gun control organization Everytown for Gun Safety, and the anti-gun media outlet The Trace.