Erik Wemple, here at The Post, comments on the misleading editing of gun rights supporters in “Under the Gun.” Here’s an excerpt, though you should read the whole thing:
Wemple quotes a statement from the film’s writer/producer/director Stephanie Soechtig:
There are a wide range of views expressed in the film. My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans’ opinions on background checks. I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way.
Wemple’s reaction (using the editorial “we”):
In the years we’ve covered and watched media organizations, we’ve scarcely seen a thinner, more weaselly excuse than the one in the block above. For starters, it appears to count as an admission that this segment of the documentary was edited. The artistic “pause” provides the viewer not a “moment to consider this important question”; it provides viewers a moment to lower their estimation of gun owners. That’s it.
UPDATE: Funny video response from Reason: