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Katie Couric wants judge to toss Virginia lawsuit

A Virginia gun rights group says they were misrepresented in Katie Couric's documentary "Under the Gun." (Source: Philip Van Cleave) A Virginia gun rights group says they were misrepresented in Katie Couric's documentary "Under the Gun." (Source: Philip Van Cleave)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Lawyers for Katie Couric are urging a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from the Virginia Citizens Defense League. The group filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit over what they call a "misleading" edit in a documentary.

In the documentary "Under the Gun," the former "Today" show host and "CBS Evening News" anchor asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), "If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?"

That question is followed by a long pause, with members shown sitting in silence.

"Those eight seconds were a very long time in the film," said Philip Van Cleave with the Virginia Citizens Defense League. "And it did change an answer, and that is a problem. They are still distributing the film. They are still promoting it, and they have not made changes. Somebody needs to be held accountable when that happens."

Couric's attorney say at worst, the film might be construed as implying that the persons within the group being interviewed could not quickly respond to the question.

"While the group no doubt takes offense to their portrayal in the film, it is not 'infamous' or a  'disgrace' in the 'common estimation of mankind' to not have a ready response," said Couric's attorney in the filing. "Courts have dismissed defamation cases premised on far more egregious implications. Any implication conveyed by the pause is not defamatory."

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