Skip to comments.NBC Fires Employee for Posting 'What Is the Internet' Clip
Posted on 02/06/2011 10:46:48 AM PST by Justaham
An NBC worker who posted old footage from the "Today" show of the hosts wondering, "What is the Internet anyway?" has been fired, the network confirmed, saying the person had a history of distributing material without permission.
The footage, in which Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel and Elizabeth Vargas try to figure out the Internet and e-mail addresses, made the rounds via said Internet last week, posted and re-posted to Facebook pages and sent via e-mail.
Filmed in 1994, the clip features Gumbel demanding, with a befuddled expression: "What is the Internet anyway?" and Couric stumbling to define it as: "that massive computer network, the one that's becoming really big now."
In a statement, NBC confirmed it fired the employee responsible for first distributing the footage.
"The individual in question violated the company's standards of conduct by repeatedly copying and distributing a variety of materials without permission," the statement said. It was reported on media-watching websites including All Things Digital and PaidContent.
In the clip, Gumbel also complains about e-mail addresses, particularly "that little mark with the 'a' and the ring around it."
As the clip gained attention, "Today" itself featured the footage and current host Matt Lauer laughingly noted: "We all felt that way at the time. It was a mystery to all of us."
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Wouldn’t that be “....distributing material that shows liberals in a bad light without permission....”?
I wonder how these idiots would feel if they had a PC Manning on board.. and yet they’re the first ones to think hes great.
It just reminds us how pathetic and out of date their talking heads are now.
The standard unit measurement for mass weight of feces. The European Fecal Standards & Measurements Board in Zürich keeps track of the authenticity of its records. “one Katie Couric is about two and a half pounds of human excrement”
It's the liberal/marxist/RAT media's worst nightmare.
“Filmed in 1994...”
Gumbel said, “What is internet?” and then went on to draw the @ sign with his finger several times while wondering out loud what it was. He looked like an idiot but he has always appeared pompous and arrogant to me anyway. What a tool. Glad his ugly mug isn’t on a tv station we watch.
Just proves they were clueless and stupid back then and they still haven’t learned anything.
Releasing this clip did more to promote the TODAY show than anything NBC has done in decades and they fire the poor guy over it.
It was a master-stroke of genius to release this!
"The individual in question violated the company's standards of conduct (guffaw) by repeatedly copying and distributing a variety of materials without permission," the statement said.
Now, now...this is just the gatekeepers guarding the gates.
The "free press" isn't so free after all.
They would have known if they'd watched Rush Limbaugh's TV show and signed up for Compuserve.
NBC should’ve posted the clip now and had fun with it. Back in ‘94 nobody knew how the Internet would affect our lives. The clip belongs right up there with “a world market for 3 computers” by the CEO of IBM and “who could possibly need more than 640k” by Bill Gates.
There's still a lot of debate about whether Gates actually said that, but this definitely happened.
Hilarious ... if it was 1984, it would still be weird for a professional information company (supposedly) to be so hopelessly stupid.
In the clip, Gumbel also complains about e-mail addresses, particularly “that little mark with the ‘a’ and the ring around it.”
On keyboards since 1910 ... these morons ever write anything in their lives? Is it because it is more likely to be used in business?
Everything is still a mystery to them!
As funny as it is; and profitable or not, theft is still theft...or at least misappropriation...of company property.
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