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“Reporter” Posted Bogus Gibson Video

A follow-up on a news item we posted earlier, From Fox News:

Baltimore Reporter Out of a Job After Posting Doctored Video Clip

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
By Joshua Rhett Miller

A reporter for an NBC affiliate in Baltimore who inserted a racist remark into a video clip of FOX News’ John Gibson and posted it on YouTube is no longer employed by the station, FOXNews.com has learned.

The offensive video clip was doctored so that the viewer heard Gibson using the words "bright blue scrotum" in reference to Attorney General Eric Holder, rather than to a defining characteristic of a monkey on the loose in Seattle.

The video circulated rapidly on blogs and news Web sites Thursday and was not corrected for hours.

John Sanders, the technology reporter for WBAL-TV, admitted in a Breitbart.tv report that he was the person responsible for the clip. The station confirmed Sanders’ actions on Tuesday and, in a statement, referred to him as a "former" employee.

"WBAL-TV management has learned that a former WBAL-TV employee posted a video regarding Fox News’ John Gibson and Attorney General Eric Holder on his personal YouTube page without the prior knowledge or consent of anyone at WBAL-TV or Hearst-Argyle Television," the station said in its statement.

"This video was not approved by, used, or sanctioned in any way by WBAL-TV or Hearst-Argyle Television and we do not condone such behavior."

The station refused to say in the statement if Sanders was fired or had resigned. Sanders’ profile was removed from WBAL’s Web site.

Gibson, who is considering legal action, said he was "outraged" by the clip.

"I’ve had to endure people misinterpreting things I have actually said and mischaracterizing things I’ve actually said," Gibson told FOXNews.com. "But this was going the extra step …"

"I feel like I’ve been harmed, but I don’t know if it meets the legal standard. But we’ll see."

The fake video produced hundreds of angry comments directed at Gibson, many demanding disciplinary action. Gibson said he is also concerned that some blogs and other news aggregating sites may not have posted corrections or his actual video.

"I worry about these things because they go viral, and all of a sudden, you’re getting buried in e-mails and there’s no way of backing out of it," Gibson said. "The volume gets to be so incredible and it’s hard to scrub this out of people’s memories." …

For the record, here is un-doctored clip:

Isn’t it shocking that it would turn out to be one of our famously objective watchdog media who was behind this?

And isn’t it odd that we don’t see the same level of moral outrage at this intentional act as we do towards the obviously unintentional offense given by the New York Post’s “stimulus monkey” cartoon?

These are rhetorical questions, of course.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to ““Reporter” Posted Bogus Gibson Video”

  1. BillK

    From Fox News:

    Baltimore Reporter Out of a Job After Posting Doctored Video Clip

    By Joshua Rhett Miller

    A reporter for an NBC affiliate in Baltimore who inserted a racist remark into a video clip of FOX News’ John Gibson and posted it on YouTube is no longer employed by the station, FOXNews.com has learned….

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,499525,00.html

    Expect this reporter to land a job at one of the networks within the next week.

  2. proreason

    100% consistent with the liberal play-book.

    – ends justify the means
    – the truth doesn’t matter
    – everything is relative
    – destroying the opposition is job one

    The ONLY surprise here is that the reporter eventually got fired.

    • BillK

      We don’t know that he got fired, he may have resigned.

      If he “resigned” that means that, aside from the press coverage, there’s no negative mark on his job record, leaving him free to find further employment in “the industry.”

  3. U NO HOO

    We haven’t heard from Eric Holder.

    Maybe he has a bright blue…makes my eyes water.

  4. Steve

    And in a related story:

    Source: Matthews says ‘Oh God’ before Jindal spoke

    By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer

    NEW YORK – MSNBC’s Chris Matthews quietly uttered “Oh God” as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal prepared to give the Republican Party response to President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress.

    An NBC executive, who requested anonymity because the network is still looking into the matter, named Matthews as the one who made the live mike slip — it was so quiet most listeners wouldn’t be able to identify the speaker…

    MSNBC had no immediate comment.

    http://tinyurl.com/cj4phf

    • proreason

      Liberals have the impulse contol of 2 year-olds.

      Jindal hurt himself yesterday. Monday he was brilliant with off-the-cuff remarks. He wasn’t as good in a staged setting.

      Too bad he has a job. Otherwise he could spend the next 2 years practicing.

  5. yonason

    NO WORRIES

    The DNC or ACORN will snap him right up.


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