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NBC Stonewalls On ‘Zimmerman Edit’ Probe

From Reuters:

NBC probe centers on staffer in shooting story error

Christopher Francescani and Peter Lauria
April 5, 2012

(Reuters) – An internal NBC News probe has determined a "seasoned" producer was to blame for a misleading clip of a 911 call that the network broadcast during its coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to two sources at the network.

NBC News brass interviewed more than half a dozen staffers during its investigation of the misleadingly edited 911 call placed by George Zimmerman just before he shot the unarmed Florida teenager, said the sources, one of whom is an executive at the network…

There was no clear indication on Thursday of what, if any, disciplinary actions would be taken against the producer or other staff involved in the incident.

Why should anyone be punished. NBC got what it wanted from their initial false reporting. Their only regret is that they got caught.

The sources at the network, who declined to identify the producer, said NBC News executives did not know the 911 call was misleadingly edited until news reports surfaced days later on right-leaning blogs including Newsbusters.org and Breitbart.com.

This is proven to be a blatant lie later in this article, when we hear that the NBC staffers have been working on the Trayvon Martin case for "several weeks."

The sources described the producer’s actions as a very bad mistake, but not deliberate.

NBC News declined to comment on Thursday. The network said on Tuesday it would not release names of the employees involved. It has apologized for the incident.

What ever happened to the public’s right to know? Shouldn’t NBC’s viewers know who this producer is, and what he does, so they can weigh their future reports for bias?

Isn’t that the kind of ‘transparency’ that NBC and the rest of the news media demand from everybody else? (Except Obama and the Democrats, of course.)

One of the sources said that NBC News President Steve Capus would not lose his job over the incident.

Doesn’t the news media constantly lecture us about how everybody has to be held accountable? (Except Obama and the Democrats, of course.)

And yet they never hold themselves accountable for anything they do. Ever.

The Today show’s editorial control policies – which include a script editor, senior producer oversight, and in most cases legal and standards department reviews of material to be broadcast – missed the selective editing of the call, said the NBC executive…

NBC News staffers who have been working on the Trayvon Martin story for several weeks in Florida were at first "in shock" over the incident, and later furious, another source, who is an NBC producer, told Reuters

Given how central these 911 calls are to this story, it is impossible to believe that these staffers "who have been working on the Trayvon Martin story for several weeks," would not have known the 911 transcript word for word.

Which puts the lie to their claim that nobody at NBC noticed the "mistake" at the time it aired.

No, they are only "in shock" that anyone noticed and called them on it. That isn’t supposed to happen. Which is why they are so desperate to get back their monopoly on the news.

Television news veterans in New York said they were baffled over how the error came to be broadcast given the intense vetting such a sensitive story would normally get at a major network such as NBC

That is so laugh out laugh funny, these "veterans" must be being facetious.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, April 6th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NBC Stonewalls On ‘Zimmerman Edit’ Probe”

  1. It is infuriating to me that this act is being referred to as a mistake. The word mistake implies something accidental. This was not a mistake. This was a calculated act with malicious intent and should be punished to the full extent of the law. Calling this a mistake is like saying, “Ooops. Nasa slipped up and sent astronauts to the moon. Sorry ’bout that.”

  2. P. Aaron

    NBC: Nothing But Crap

  3. Clarissimus

    “This was a calculated act with malicious intent and should be punished to the full extent of the law.”

    There are laws against this stuff?

  4. wirenut

    Would a thief call the police, if a burglar stoled his ill-gotten gains? Both are crooks and both have the same goals.
    No,no I say. Professional courtesy would dictate. The thief goes on the hunt yet again. If information is power?
    Than it is also a commodity. Selling something that it is not, is fraud. Commerce clause would seem to apply here.
    I know! Pipe dream….. I’m not as up on the Constitution as Barry.

  5. canary

    NBC’s editing the Zimmerman’s 9/11 call to make him a racist has led to death threats on innocent victims.

    Rosanne Barr tweeted Zimmerman’s parents house.
    This after Wesly Swipes or whatever is his name is tweeted the wrong address of Zimmerman’s, making an elderly couple have to leave their house for fear of their lives.


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