April 24, 1915

The Armenian Genocide: Islam’s greatest slaughter of Christians….

Today, April 24, marks the “Great Crime,” that is, the genocide of Christians—mostly Armenians but also Assyrians—that took place under the Islamic Ottoman Empire throughout World War I. Then, the Turks liquidated approximately 1.5 million Armenians and 300,000 Assyrians.

Most objective American historians who have studied the question unequivocally agree that it was a deliberate, calculated genocide:

More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse. A people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [more than double the amount of time the invading Islamic Turks had occupied Anatolia, now known as “Turkey”] lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century. At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000…. Despite the vast amount of evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the reports of diplomats, and the testimony of survivors, denial of the Armenian Genocide by successive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915 to the present.[…]

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There were massive death marches.

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There were concentration camps. There was starvation. There was torture. There were firing squads.

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There were executions. There were beheadings. There were crucifixions. There was the extermination of millions of Armenian men, women, and children spanning from 1914-15, and carried out by Turkey …

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And it was religion/ideology-driven genocide that, to this day, has its own set of deniers including Turkey and Turkey’s government today who insist it did not happen because Muslims are not capable of such things. Hitler allegedly claimed he could get away with his Jewish Holocaust twenty years later in WWII because Turkey had gotten away with theirs in WWI…

(WSJ) – Pope Francis described the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Turks as the “first genocide of the 20th century” on Sunday, touching off a diplomatic furor with Turkey and entering into a tense historical debate with wider implications for the Vatican’s relations with Islam.

Turkey, which has long rejected the term genocide to describe the killings, swiftly called its ambassador to the Vatican back to Ankara for consultations after the pope’s remarks. Turkey’s foreign ministry also summoned the Vatican’s envoy to Ankara, informing him that the government was “disappointed and saddened” by the pontiff’s comments, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.

The pope, speaking at a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the 100 years since the killings, addressed the massacres in the context of the contemporary persecution of Christians in the Muslim world. That subject has become an increasingly pressing theme for Pope Francis—who, before becoming pontiff, had close ties to Buenos Aires’s overwhelmingly Christian Armenian community.

Even as he has continued to call for better relations between Catholicism and Islam, the pope has urged Muslim leaders to denounce the actions of extremists and pushed Christians of different churches to stand together in the face of anti-Christian violence.

The pope’s statement is a boost for Armenia’s decadeslong campaign to define the killings as genocide, as well as a setback for Turkey’s efforts to fend off the accusations of systematic killing.

Armenians—the vast majority of whom are Christians—say that as many as 1.5 million Armenians were systematically killed during World War I in today’s eastern Turkey, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire.

A number of countries officially recognize the killings as genocide. But Turkey contests Armenian claims about the scale of losses; it argues that hundreds of thousands actually died in warfare and famine, and that many Turks were also killed by Armenians. Turkey argues that the question of genocide should be left to historians rather than politicians.

Pope Francis said Sunday that “it is necessary, and indeed a duty,” to “recall the centenary of that tragic event, that immense and senseless slaughter whose cruelty your forbears had to endure…Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.”

Turkey accused the Vatican of using history for political aims: by singling out Armenians and not mentioning all lost lives in Anatolia during World War I. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the comments were “not fitting of the Pope.”

“The Pope’s declaration, divorced from historical and legal facts, is unacceptable. Religious posts are not positions to stoke hatred and grudges on baseless claims,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a message from his official Twitter account.

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The Armenian Genocide and my grandmother’s secret

Decades ago when I was very young, my grandmother, Mary Kupelian, told me a haunting story I’ve wondered about ever since.

As I sat in the kitchen of her cozy little home in Bethesda, Maryland, eating her delicious homemade bread and talking about a frequent topic – the Armenian Genocide, which she and my dad (as a little boy) had barely survived – she shared with me the following enigma.

A people killed twice

It is the forgotten 20th-century catastrophe. In 1915, under cover of world war, Ottoman Turks wiped out a third of the Armenian population. To this day, Turkey denies blame – and, behind it, Britain stands firm among a dwindling band of nations that fail to acknowledge the massacres were genocide

Hell Yeah, “He Lied”!

Remember during Barack Obama’s 2009 joint address to the US Congress while Obama was beaming and glowing like a healthcare savior that his self-named legislation to take over the nation’s healthcare system would be glorious, and that everyone against it, and him, was just spreading nasty lies about ObamaCare, especially about it covering illegal aliens … and republican Congressman Joe Wilson shouted about the disbelieving mumbles “You LIE!”?

Over and over again Rep. Wilson has been vindicated … And again…

(UPI) – California could become the first state to ask the federal government to let undocumented immigrants buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation Friday that attempts to allow people in the country illegally to purchase the insurance through Covered California without costing the state or federal government anything.

Undocumented immigrants are barred from the insurance exchanges but Obamacare allows states to apply for a federal waiver if the federal government doesn’t have to pay for the costs. Up to 390,000 people who earned an income too high for Medi-Cal could purchase the insurance through the exchange.

“The current policy disallowing immigrants from purchasing care with their own money is both discriminatory and outdated,” Sen. Ricardo Lara, who wrote legislation, said in a statement. “I thank Gov. Brown for advancing justice today.”

Republicans in the legislature said it would overburden the healthcare system, possibly increase premiums and attract more undocumented immigrants to the state.

Brown last year signed a bill allowing 170,000 people under the age of 19 who are in the county illegally to sign up for Medi-Cal.

The state also has allowed immigrants there illegally to apply for professional licenses and for drivers licenses.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director for the National Immigration Law Center, hopes California’s new law will spur other states to pass similar legislation.

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Uh-huh…

And this: Report: New evidence of rising ‘Obamacare’ premiums

“Pulse”- Stopping: Terrorist Attack at Florida LGBT Night Club

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This post will be UPDATED as more information to the developing story is released.

He came to kill…

It is being called the deadliest mass shooting in US history. At this posting at least 50 people are dead, with at least 53 people in the hospital.

Omar Mateen, 29 year old US Muslim citizen born in New York of Afghan parents. He was a licensed security officer and also had a Statewide Firearms License. And worth noting he was a registered democrat voter who beat his wife. I guess Omar wasn’t on board with all the liberal democrat pro-LGBT, feminist, “Islam is peaceful”, anti-gun thing(s).

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The attack began at around 2 a.m. Sunday, with the “Pulse” Twitter account tweeting for everybody to get out of the building because of an active shooter amid several dozen rounds having been fired.

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Patrons trapped inside the building, and those who made it to the outside, began a frantic Twitter feed for help…

The siege and exchange with local SWAT police came to an end at about 6:30 am Sunday, with the gunman being shot dead. For this OPD officer, There by The Grace of God

Mateen used an AR-15 and a revolver to open fire in a mass shooting in a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Fla. overnight. It is also being said he ‘had a “device” with him or on his body’ during the attack. Hearing now “suicide vest”, and “he had made threats in the past”. The FBI was, let’s just say, familiar with Omar Mateen.

Mateen had taken many hostage inside the nightclub “Pulse” for several hours during the attack, many hunkering down in place or hiding in closets and wherever else they could find sanctuary inside the building…

Club-goer Rob Rick said it happened around 2 a.m., just before closing time.

“Everybody was drinking their last sip,” he said.

He estimated more than 100 people were still inside when he heard shots, got on the ground and crawled toward a DJ booth. A bouncer knocked down a partition between the club area and an area in the back where only workers are allowed. People inside were able to then escape through the back of the club.

Christopher Hansen said he was in the VIP lounge when he started hearing gunshots. He continued to hear shooting even after he emerged, where police were telling people to back away from the club. He saw injured people being tended to across the street.

While his father has come out and given an apology topped off with the typical defense of Islam, police are saying Mateen had ‘leanings to radical Islamic terrorism’. The father also claimed his terrorist son became upset after witnessing two men kissing in Miami several months ago.

Jazz Shaw @ HotAir:

If you’ll forgive a bit of skepticism on my part, that sounds unlikely. I’m not saying that Seddiqui couldn’t have been anti-gay. (Islamic terrorists aren’t exactly known for taking part in pride parades, after all.) But that’s a pretty violent reaction for having “seen two men kissing.” The guy lives in northern Florida and this is the first time in almost thirty years he’s run across two gay guys engaging in a PDA?

So far we have heard “domestic terrorism” and even a smattering of “hate crime” used in the reporting of this. I am waiting for the ‘blame the gun … guns too easily available’ activists to start on the burying of the core facts in this attack. Oh, wait. Here we go, and by none other than Comrade deBlasio in NYC:

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A good friend of mine on Facebook writes:

Are we awake yet?

Forget politics in this. This is not a “hate crime”, not a “tragedy”, not a “mass shooting” these are political terms. This is a planned assault as an extension of a global Jihad, this is Radical Islam at war. From our end this is the outcome of allowing to much PC in the threat assessment. This is what happens when you call planned terrorist attacks work place violence. We are at war. Wake up.

If today you are watching the news and the powers that be talk of hate crimes, or call for more gun control, or our highest priority is to ensure there is no anti muslim graffiti on the shit house walls, then the powers that be have learned nothing, realize then you are totally on your own. Some of you already suspect as much. As always, be prepared and avoid crowds….

Good advice from a man who works as a firefighter/EMS, and works closely with police.

It’s not “domestic terrorism”, damn it.
It’s “TERRORISM”.
And these “lone wolves” are special-ops for ISIS or whatever central terrorist group they are loyal to, and they have been given marching orders to attack within our country.

Omar Mateen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Police said there was blood everywhere inside Pulse, and veteran SWAT officers were shaken by the scene.

PJM: Orlando Night Club Attack by ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorist Previously Investigated by FBI

Sen. Marco Rubio issues statement on mass shooting and calls for blood donations for hospitals treating victims

BLOOD DONATION LINES GROW IN ORLANDO AFTER SHOOTING

Some headlines from FOX News and Drudge Report:

SATURDAY NIGHT SLAUGHTER…
HE WAS ‘WEARING A SUICIDE VEST’…
OPENED FIRE ON DANCEFLOOR…

‘BLOOD EVERYWHERE’…
MUSIC STOPPED, THEN SCREAMS…
VIDEO: SHOT AFTER SHOT AFTER SHOT…
DISNEY ON ALERT…
TERRORISM HITS FLORIDA…
@PULSE…
ISIS ANNOUNCED FLORIDA THREAT 3 DAYS AGO…
Gunman Identified As OMAR MIR SEDDIQUE MATEEN; Born To Afghan Parents…

Imam speaking in Orlando said gays must be killed out of ‘compassion’…

WHO IS OMAR MATEEN? Florida nightclub shooter had made threats in the past, reports claim

CANDIDATES REACT: Clinton, Trump, Sanders react to Orlando nightclub massacre

VIDEO: Mass shooting at nightclub in Orlando

VIDEO: Police chief says gunman had something on him

VIDEO: Officials provide update on nightclub shooting

VIDEO: FBI says Orlando shooter may have ties to terror

VIDEO: Authorities investigate motive behind Orlando Mass shooting

VIDEO: Newt Gingrich on how Islamic supremacy threatens gay rights

VIDEO: Ben Carson says We have to get much more serious about terror

VIDEO: Police say 50 casualties in Orlando shooting

What Now, Bernie? What Now?

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After yesterday’s “historic” wins (it’s always ‘historic’ with democrats) for overtly ‘fortunately pre-stacked deck’ Hillary Clinton, where does Bernie Sanders’s fight for respect, recognition, and consideration from the DNC go?

Well, for starters, Barack Obama cannot contain himself any longer from all the mass media attention in this 2016 race, and is itching for relevance in the process. He has summoned Bernie Sanders to a meeting at the White House (that the slaves built) Thursday, where I am sure there will be a Hell of a lot of baiting for future switching deal(s), and Obama/Jarrett style threat-filled pressuring (it’s how they roll) to see things their way, and only their way, and drop out of the race with a supportive nod of his white-haired head in Hillary’s direction as the door hits his boney ass on the way out of the democrat race. But to this moment, Bernie Sanders is promising to keep up his fight against the democrat party fix and remain in the race.

As the Sanders camp starts making cuts to his campaign staff, 1-in-4/33% loyalist Bernie supporters are still vowing not to support or vote for Clinton, should Sanders make an exit from the race. As you can expect, the establishment libs/left fucking hate this independent thought process when it comes to their agenda. Bernie supporters are not accepting this so-called defeat and surrender to Clinton and the democrat party overlords, and are vowing to keep up their fight for Sanders, even if they have to write in his name on the general election ballot … or even cast their vote for GOP candidate Donald Trump as a vote against Clinton in the general election.

Bernie Sanders kicked off a revolution. And it’s just getting started

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The growing talk now is for Sanders to run as an Independent, as Donald Trump has suggested (of course he’s thinking about splitting the democrat vote in his favor in the general), by his supporters.

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Not if Obama and Hillary have anything to say about it/you: Can Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Save the Establishment?

Just a footnote here: The bulk of the “protesters” appearing and causing trouble at Trump venues, inside and outside, are Bernie Sanders supporters, most pre-paid to show up and do so.

With the concern surrounding the coming RNC convention in Cleveland, Ohio next month, as usual the MSM is ignoring the major tear in the democrat party fabric and Bernie protesters making their ire known to the establishment party in Philadelphia in August at their convention. But, no worries…

Philadelphia tells Democratic convention demonstrators they won’t be arrested

MORE via Drudge Report Headlines:

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AP warns reporters to be safe after harassment from Sanders fans…

NYT CHOZICK: ‘Bernie supporters telling me they’d hunt me down in streets’…

‘WE CAN’T HEAR YOU!’ Screeching audio mars Hillary’s big moment…

Clinton loses 30% of votes in California from ’08…

TUESDAY ELECTION RESULTS…

MORNING AFTER: DEMS TRY TO PULL IT TOGETHER…

Bernie Sanders — President of VT?

Trump Shatters Republican Primary Vote Record by 1.4 Million…

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How do ya like that? BuzzFeed won’t run RNC ads, but their chairman can host DNC fundraisers?

IRS Releases ‘Target’ List of TEA Party and Conservative Groups

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Tip of the iceberg of the politicization and weaponization of the federal government under the Obama administration…

(Washington Times) – More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.

The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS.

But even as it answers some questions, the list raises others, including exactly when the targeting stopped, and how broadly the tax agency drew its net when it went after nonprofits for unusual scrutiny.

The government released names of 426 organizations. Another 40 were not released as part of the list because they had already opted out of being part of the class-action suit.

That total is much higher than the 298 groups the IRS‘ inspector general identified back in May 2013, when investigators first revealed the agency had been subjecting applications to long — potentially illegal — delays, and forcing them to answer intrusive questions about their activities. Tea party and conservative groups said they was the target of unusually heavy investigations and longer delays,

Edward D. Greim, the lawyer who’s pursuing the case on behalf of NorCal Tea Party Patriots and other members of the class, said the list also could have ballooned toward the end of the targeting as the IRS, once it knew it was being investigated, snagged more liberal groups in its operations to try to soften perceptions of political bias.

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He said if that did happen, it would have “tainted” the list the IRS has now released.

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Sixty of the groups on the list released last month have the word “tea” in their name, 33 have “patriot,” eight refer to the Constitution, and 13 have “912” in their name — which is the monicker of a movement started by conservatives. Another 26 group names refer to “liberty,” though that list does include some groups that are not discernibly conservative in orientation.

Among the groups that appear to trend liberal are three with the word “occupy” in their name.

And then there are some surprising names, including three state or local chapters of the League of Women Voters — a group with a long history of nonprofit work.

Some of the most active and prominent tea party groups snared in the targeting aren’t on the class-action list. At least some of them opted not to be part of the joint legal action to preserve their own lawsuits.

A “Religion of Peace” Update…

As always, it is what it is

Stuart Varney @ FBN @ Facebook: The family of one of the San Bernardino terrorists is set to receive $250,000 in life insurance benefits. (Video)

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Refugee translator denied visa despite helping US forces fears being sent to die at hands of Taliban … Perhaps he and his family should fly to Mexico and then come across our Southwestern border without Visas, just like everyone else does.

As FBN’s Stuart Varney pointed out at the top, this administration is allowing into our country thousands upon thousands of unchecked and unvetted “refugees”. Yet, here is a man and his family who now face torture and death at the hands of the evil and barbaric enemy he helped our troops fight against, saving their lives through his loyalty and translations being thrown under the bus by this radical Islamic-appeasing administration.

Analysis: Iran has supported the Taliban’s insurgency since late 2001

Accused Somali war criminal found working as DC airport security guard

Muslim girl picks Vermont school after refusing The Citadel offer over hijab policy

Mass sexual assault reported at Germany music festival: The attacks are similar to those reported in Cologne and other cities on New Year’s Eve

Somalia forces end extremist siege of hotel, 15 killed

Outrage after 17-year-old Egyptian girl dies after botched FGM operationFemale genital mutilation (FGM) is banned in Egypt since 2007 but the brutal practice is still widespread in the country and especially in rural areas … The family, especially the father/males/and the ‘man’ who was performing the butchery, should be held accountable, tried, and punished as murderers.

Saudi father shoots doctor shortly after he delivered his wife’s baby because he didn’t want a man to see his spouse naked

Syrians suspected of planning ISIS attack arrested in Germany

German Parliament labels killings of Armenians as genocide

Ukraine uncovers plot to smuggle ISIS sympathizers into Europe

US-backed forces launch operation to retake ISIS-held Syrian town near Turkish border

Pakistani woman dies after being set on fire for rejecting marriage proposal

Sweden stirs debate with women-only swimming, in nod to Muslims

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And the “BIG” news update:

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Flattened! Terrifying 20st ISIS executioner dubbed The Bulldozer is ‘captured’ by the Syrian army and dumped half-naked in the back of a truck

Obese jihadi was member of terror group’s so-called Chopping Committee
Footage appears to show militant after he was captured by Syrian forces
He is seen topless and grimacing with hands tied behind his back in truck
Masked militant has beheaded dozens of prisoners with three-foot sword

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Under the Gun: Katie Couric Busted Editing to Deceive in Her Gun Control Documentary

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Well, she did spend a lot of her on air career working at NBC, the “edit” masters of television. Yes, NBC is very well known for their selective and deceptive editing touches to many stories they want(ed) to slant in their favored political agenda direction, or to make somebody look really bad…

(FOX News) – The makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence deceptively edited an interview between Couric and a group of gun rights activists in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists, an audio recording of the full interview shows.

At the 21:48 mark of Under the Gun a scene of Katie Couric interviewing members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights organization, is shown.

Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

The documentary then shows the activists sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer. It then cuts to the next scene.

However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists. A back and forth between a number of the league’s members and Couric over the issue of background checks proceeds for more than four minutes after the original question is asked…..

Only, there wasn’t a pregnant pause in silent answer to Couric’s question. Instead, there was a very well-informed and robust round of answers to her question with a lot of facts and information to dispute her premise that she obviously deliberately set-up for the editing. The raw audio is VERY, VERY damning of Couric…

The Washington Free Beacon has the full coverage here: Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists

Since this hit the fan in the last couple days the people involved are trying hard to cover their asses and explain it away, but are failing (that is also covered in TWFB link under its updates).

Ed Morrissey @ HotAir isn’t taking any bait or buying any crap coming from the documentry’s producers who are urging him to “watch the film”

As Allahpundit already noted in an update, however, the cable channel that aired the documentary (EPIX) doesn’t seem to care about accuracy or honesty. They call the substitution of the actual answer for an unrelated response shot “creative and editorial judgment.” Apparently, Couric also chalks this up to the “creative” urge. The Yahoo News anchor issued a statement in support of Stephanie Soechtig: “I support Stephanie’s statement and am very proud of the film.”

Soechtig eventually offered this non-apology of the “I’m sorry that my brilliance was misunderstood” variety:

“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.”

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Also, please note the irony of the documentary’s tag line: In the gun debate, truth is the ultimate weapon. Good Lord.

Yep, the liberal/leftist MSM has done a fantastic job of not only cooking its own goose these last over 8 years, but burning the Hell out of it.

And, Goebbels— er, Katie, if you’ve lost the very liberal/left WaPo and HuffPo you’ve really lost it:

WaPo: Audiotape: Katie Couric documentary falsely depicts gun supporters as ‘idiots’

HuffPo: Here’s A Pro Tip For Katie Couric Before She Does Another Documentary: Don’t delete arguments you solicit.

And now some are calling for Katie Couric to be fired for her deliberate deception…

NRO: Dear Yahoo, Fire Katie Couric

Bearing Arms: The Fraud In “Gungate” Is Real, And Should End Katie Couric’s Career

Reason TV give Mz. Couric a bitter taste of her own edit treatment: