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Katie Couric Accused of Deceptive Edits in Another Documentary

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Katie Couric at the premiere of "Fed Up" in 2014  (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 05:10 PM

Katie Couric is being accused of deceptively editing another documentary, this one about obesity and the nation's food industry.

Couric was criticized for adding a pause that lasted nearly 10 seconds into a documentary about guns, an edit that, according to one of the people interviewed for the film, made gun owners look like "idiots." 

The Washington Free Beacon is now reporting that Couric's documentary "Fed Up" contains two deceptive edits that attempt to make the interview subjects look bad.

The first edit is a seven-second pause after Dr. David Allison was asked a question.

Couric asks Allison about the science behind his assertion that sugary drinks may not play a larger role than other foods in the obesity problem. That assertion goes against the viewpoint of the film, which was produced by Couric.

After Allison stumbles over his words while trying to answer, he told Couric, "Excuse me, let me start again on that. Let me just get my thoughts together."

Couric replied, "OK," but the exchange was included in the 2014 documentary and is followed by seven seconds of silence before cutting to another segment.

"Ms. Couric had said to me at the beginning of our interview, 'You know, Dr. Allison, if at any point you need to go over an answer, you stumble on your words, just let me know, we'll stop, and you can go back over it,'" Allison told the Free Beacon.

This scene marked Allison's final appearance in the film.

At the end of another interview that appeared in the film, sources told the Free Beacon that audio of director Stephanie Soechtig saying, "It feels like you're avoiding the question" was edited in after Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation spokesperson Lisa Gable gave an answer. A few seconds of pause followed.

A review of "Fed Up" that appeared on FoodinSight.org two years ago said the documentary contains "distorted reality, omitted context, [and] so many dubious assertions."

Couric is a longtime journalist who now works as a global anchor for Yahoo News.

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