Katie Couric Hopes Gun Doc Controversy Sparks Bigger Conversation

“It was my hope that, when I approached this topic, that this would be a conversation starter,” Couric says

Katie Couric

Katie Couric said she “didn’t feel comfortable” with the controversial edit in her recent documentary on guns, but hopes it starts a broader conversation about the gun control in America.

“I can understand the objection of people who did have an issue about it,” Couric said at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in New York on Thursday morning. “Having said that, I think we have to focus on the big issue of gun violence. It was my hope that, when I approached this topic, that this would be a conversation starter.”

Couric was criticized because the documentary added a long pause before a gun enthusiast answered a question in her documentary “Under the Gun.” The question was about how to prevent terrorists from getting guns, and the pause made it appear the gun enthusiast was at a loss for words.

Couric did not edit the interview herself, and said last week that she questioned director Stephanie Soechtig and an editor about the pause when she screened the film, “and was told that a ‘beat’ was added for, as she [Soechtig] described it, ‘dramatic effect.’”

Gun-rights groups and right-leaning media were livid at the change to the interview, which came to light when an audio transcript of the exchange was leaked.

Couric said the documentary will not be re-done to fix the edit.

TheWrap’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman, film and theater producer Paula Wagner, A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc and The Girl’s Lounge Founder Shelley Zalis hosted the breakfast.

Couric is the current Yahoo global news anchor and a legend in her field. The former “Today” show staple is an anti-cancer advocate, documentary film producer and New York Times best-selling author of “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.”

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