We reported yesterday that while doing the press tour for her new anti-gun documentary, “Under the Gun,” Katie Couric claimed that the vast “silent majority” of gun owners in America want more gun control.
Today, Breitbart posted this story about a four-hour interview Couric conducted with John Lott, Jr. for the film. In case his name doesn’t ring a bell, Lott is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a known firearms researcher, economist, and political commentator who is best known for his work, “More Guns, Less Crime.”
None of the interview ended up in Couric’s documentary.
The story says that on May 6, Lott tweeted that he’d been “interviewed for 4 hours” for Couric’s film and that he “bet” that four hours would be reduced to a “select few minutes” of screen time.
The documentary director, Stephanie Soechtig, told The Guardian: “(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.”
The obvious question here is why Couric and Soechtig would even bother to interview Lott for the documentary if they were so convinced his research is worthless.
Breitbart suggests the documentary, which is billed as being fair and balanced, included only information that fell in line with its ultimately anti-gun message.