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NBC Issues ‘Apology’ For Zimmerman Edit

From "a reported opinion blog on news media" at the Washington Post:

NBC issues apology on Zimmerman tape screw-up

By Erik Wemple
April 3, 2012

NBC has completed its investigation into the mishandling of the police dispatcher’s conversation with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. And the process ends with a finding of error, plus an apology. Here is the statement just issued by the network:

During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers

Notice how little coverage this latest new low in journalism has gotten from the mainstream media. In fact, this Post piece and an article from Reuters is probably the full extent of it. And this is from "a reported opinion blog on news media" at the Washington Post. Most people will never hear about this apology, though millions heard the original Today Show report.

Also notice that even though this apology is from a purported ‘news organization,’ we are not told the ‘who, what where or why’ of the incident. Or even ‘the how.’ Apparently, it is none of our beeswax. So we will never know who did this, and why, and how it was allowed to happen, or if anyone will be punished.

Furthermore, it is not even accurate. An "error" is an unintentional act. What NBC did was clearly a deliberate and malicious distortion of the facts. In fact, you have to believe that they feel like their only ‘error’ was misrepresenting Zimmerman’s words so obviously that they got caught. They are promising to be more subtle in the future.

And, as even the author of this blog opinion piece notes, while NBC apologizes to its viewers, it does not apologize to George Zimmerman or his family.

All in all, it strikes us as being just about as heartfelt as Spike Lee apologizing for tweeting the wrong address for Zimmerman. — But let’s hope NBC will end up paying a nice settlement, like Mr. Lee did. And like they paid to Richard Jewell.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NBC Issues ‘Apology’ For Zimmerman Edit”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    Apology? A blatant lie would be my guess.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    In the company pickup truck rigged to explode NBC blows up it’s vaunted integrity once again

  3. Petronius says:

    “while NBC apologizes to its viewers, it does not apologize to George Zimmerman or his family.”

    Although it’s probably in bad taste, one might also ask whether NBC will apologize to all of the white victims of black violence since NBC aired its doctored tape on 27 March, and to the families of the slain?

    And when later this year politics boils over into the streets, which side will NBC be on? Will they be regarded as friend or foe?

    And whether NBC TV news crews might become targets of opportunity for some of the combatants?

  4. P. Aaron says:

    NBC FORMAL APOLOGY: Damn! We got caught!

  5. xdannyh says:

    Absolutely preposterous! Where is the FCC, DHS, FBI, DOJ ?? Is not the fomentation of racial hatred and bias a crime? Is not doctoring a emergency conversation to denigrate a race or circumstance the most heinous of crimes, particularly when perpetrated by the fourth estate, the defenders of the republic and the benefit..ays (my word) of the first amendment. Have we seen enough of Immelt and his gang. Probably not, I feel that I am re-living that moment of great filmdom “Key Largo” when E.G.Robinson, lays dying and says “Is this the end of Rico?”. Yes I am afraid it is the end of your individual self centered life and nobody gives a damn…..its all just so much talk talk talk….and the enemy of freedom just marches on and on.

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