Katie Couric Files For Dismissal Of Gun Group's Defamation Lawsuit

posted on December 2, 2016

“I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.”

Katie Couric’s mea culpa earlier this year came about after it was revealed she used “creative” editing to embarrass members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. A well-placed pause after one of Couric’s question made it appear as if the interviewees were at a loss for words—which was not the case. “Those eight seconds do not accurately represent their response,” Couric finally admitted. 

The VCDL responded by filing a $13 million defamation lawsuit in September. “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, VCDL president. “We want to set the record straight and hold them accountable.” 

On Tuesday, Couric’s legal team called for dismissal of the suit, arguing that it “does not rise to the level of defamation.” A Virginia federal judge will ultimately be the one to determine whether or not that’s the case.

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