From America’s 1st Freedom on September 5th:
Shouldn’t journalists who want to tackle the issues related to illegal use of guns in America, and thereby help us find real solutions to violent crime in places like Chicago’s South Side, start by being honest? John Lott thinks so. It is this principled position that caused him to agree, despite his prior experiences, to be interviewed for Katie Couric’s film “Under The Gun.”
As an expert on these issues, he hoped to offer some perspective and balance. Although he says he went into the interview like a person readying himself to be grilled by a prosecutor, even he was surprised at what happened after he left the four-hour-long interview with Couric. . . .
As I wrote here back in June, Lott had wanted to leave the New York City hotel room where Couric, backed by seven staffers, had interviewed him. He wanted to leave because, he said, “She kept asking me the same questions in different ways. It was clear they were trying to get me to say something that could be taken out of context.” However, he didn’t walk out because he didn’t want that on film.
Months later, Lott learned he was cut from the film while live on the radio. Lott was on “The John Cardillo Show” promoting his smashing new book The War on Guns (“smashing” because it bludgeons the anti-gun media and groups with the substantiated facts about guns), when Cardillo said, “I don’t know if you know this … I don’t know if we spoke about this, but my brother knows one of the financiers on the Katie Couric project—he was sort of an ancillary financier who’s actually pro-Second Amendment—and he told me your footage from that documentary was cut after a private between Katie Couric and Michael Bloomberg.”
Lott answered that he hadn’t heard that Bloomberg had been able to censor him again. Cardillo said, “Yes. They were going to run it, and Bloomberg and Couric had a private screening, and after that screening is when your footage was cut.”
As this report needed to be substantiated, I reached out to Cardillo and other sources.
“This financier is not anti-gun. He is a hunter,” Cardillo told me. “He does lean slightly left on many issues, but that only makes him normal in the elite and wealthy circles in and around New York City. He was comfortable with partly financing this project because he knows Couric and because he saw the interview list for the film. He thought it would be a balanced production. He is angry that it wasn’t.”
Cardillo added, “This source says Bloomberg was given creative control. Bloomberg asked for Lott to be cut and Couric made this happen. As a former NYPD detective, I am shocked at the influence Bloomberg has with people like Couric. Lott is the gold standard. As a detective, I knew his research was considered to be solid even by the NYPD.” . . .