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Breaking: NBC Fires Producer Who Created False Zimmerman Audio
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Posted on 04/06/2012 5:14:03 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Breaking: NBC Fires Producer Who Created False Zimmerman Audio By Matthew Sheffield Created 04/06/2012 - 7:55pm

NBC News has fired the producer it says was responsible for creating the deceptive audio recording of George Zimmerman communicating with a 9-1-1 operator, according to the New York Times.

The network is still refusing to release the name of the producer, although according to Times reporter Brian Stelter, the producer is based in Miami and has worked there for a number of years. According to Stelter's network sources, NBC is still insisting the deceptive edit was not done deliberatiely. The network has refused to say how exactly someone could accidentally have edited the tape to make Zimmerman appear to be racially motivated:

NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

The person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action who declined to be identified discussing internal company matters. They also declined to name the fired producer. A spokeswoman for NBC News declined to comment.

The action came in the wake of an internal investigation by NBC News into the production of the segment, which strung together audio clips in such a way that made George Zimmerman’s shooting of Mr. Martin sound racially motivated. Ever since the Feb. 26 shooting, there has been a continuing debate about whether race was a factor in the incident.

The segment in question was shown on the “Today” show on March 27. It included audio of Mr. Zimmerman saying, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”

But Mr. Zimmerman’s comments had been taken grossly out of context by NBC. [...]

The editing of the segment was initially noticed by NewsBusters, an arm of the Media Research Center, a conservative media monitoring group. On March 31, NBC told The Washington Post that it would investigate. [...]

The people with direct knowledge of the firing characterized the misleading edit as a mistake, not a purposeful act.

While NBC has taken a good first step toward rectifying the situation, until the network releases the name of the person and explains its theory that the edit was not deliberate, its credibility is still under question.

Full Times story is here.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adnanhajj; danrather; drivebymedia; drivebys; enemedia; fakebutaccurate; gotcaught; mediabias; nbc; sorry4gettingcaught; sorrywegotcaught; staterunmedia; tapemanipulation; trayvonmartin; waronerror
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To: Mears; Howlin; Buckhead

Yelp. Although it was buckhead who made the connection, it was Howlin that created the new thread and brought attention to it,
Had just made the comment that my parent owned one of the IBMs with changable ball fonts...There where only four choices. We owned two. Very expensive.


151 posted on 04/06/2012 6:56:33 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: stevio

Add a few more zeroes to that figure, and we’ll be talking. A million bucks won’t even make NBC/GE break a sweat.


152 posted on 04/06/2012 6:57:56 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. (PursuingLiberty.com))
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To: Keith in Iowa
There are a few network owned/operated stations subject to FCC licensing.

True. The O&Os must be licensed. But the network, which the op was referring to, does not.

153 posted on 04/06/2012 7:02:29 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sue the bast**ds.Sue them for every nickel they have!


154 posted on 04/06/2012 7:02:37 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: samantha

I will, thanks!

I edited plenty of audiotape in the late 70s while working for various radio stations, including an all-news station in Hartford. Of course, with a reel-to-reel and a splicing block, the physical process was very different than what’s done in the all-digital editing programs. But the mental process is the same, and if you’re working on the network level, you damn well better abide by the “measure-twice-cut-once” practice or you’re gone.

There is absolutely no way this was inadvertent. None.


155 posted on 04/06/2012 7:04:03 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. (PursuingLiberty.com))
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To: bootless

With digital editing, covering up the obvious edit would have been easy and quick.

I’m thinking the editor wanted to leave it in to alert people it was an edit.


156 posted on 04/06/2012 7:08:59 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: bootless
This guy ZAMOST has to be involved, too many connections to NBC and CBS in Miami in Senior Investigative positions,and segue’ to CNN. there is not much info on him,but enough to look further an ask him questions.
157 posted on 04/06/2012 7:15:48 PM PDT by samantha ( Sarah Palin TEAple leader to save America. Herman Cain & Santorum)
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To: Sub-Driver

What did the White House hire the guy or something?


158 posted on 04/06/2012 7:20:31 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Mears

Correct. Buckhead was the first to point out that the memos were created on a word-processing program..which was not even invented at the time they were supposedly written..something to do with fonts and proportional spacinng..which I really don’t understand. I expect if you used the SEARCH feature you could find the original threads..they were something..


159 posted on 04/06/2012 7:24:33 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: Sub-Driver

He’ll have a better paying job in the Obama administration on Monday.


160 posted on 04/06/2012 7:25:38 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Hope springs eternal - maybe the Bucs will break .500 this year)
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To: ken5050
Nested glyphs!
161 posted on 04/06/2012 7:31:17 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (Well, that came later...)
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To: hoosiermama

I still own an IBM selectric, but they will not do proportional spacing. Only a PC could duplicate what was presented.

Photo copy was so poor quality they thought they would not get caught.

I actually worked for a time with Bill Burkett. Many years before the RatherGate incident. Bill was always a died in the wool tattooed on the butt Dem. He was a National Guard officer when I knew him. He was the guy who made the connection for Dan Rather to get the forgery. It was copied at Kinko’s in Abilene, TX. Dan Rather’s daughter was involved in the scam.


162 posted on 04/06/2012 7:32:42 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

BTTT


163 posted on 04/06/2012 7:33:21 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Sub-Driver

They freely released Zimmermans name but are hiding the name of the person who attempted to get him lynched....


164 posted on 04/06/2012 7:35:43 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: Texas Fossil

All those names seem familiar, but it also seems a lifetime ago.

Wasn’t it his daughter that was also connected to Mapes?


165 posted on 04/06/2012 7:47:42 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Texas Fossil
"I actually worked for a time with Bill Burkett. Many years before the RatherGate incident. Bill was always a died in the wool tattooed on the butt Dem. He was a National Guard officer when I knew him. He was the guy who made the connection for Dan Rather to get the forgery. It was copied at Kinko’s in Abilene, TX. Dan Rather’s daughter was involved in the scam."

Still true 8 years later -- in Texas, Forgery is a Third-Degree Felony, and to transmit by wire is an enhancement.

166 posted on 04/06/2012 7:49:17 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Cboldt
We don't know that anybody at NBC was fired. This is a NYT story with anonymous sources, and NBC isn't commenting. This could be as fictitious as the NBC news report was in the first place. And assuming NBC did fire somebody in FL, that doesn't mean the person was involved in a Zimmerman story at all.

<"size=30">Ditto, man DITTO. We don't know how much they are fibbing to us this time.

167 posted on 04/06/2012 7:53:18 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: Sub-Driver

TRANSLATION: They’re transferring him to Center for American Progress (or Media Matters).

Same as when (avowed communist) Van Jones left the White House.

They just reshuffle and promote.

It’s a badge of honor to attack the truth, so this sort of “sacrifice” is actually a resume enhancement.


168 posted on 04/06/2012 7:55:01 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: bootless
Absolutely! We owned a local cable news program for a while. One knows exactly what is being said while editing. THIS was no mistake! Editor knew immediately what final product said. It said what the editor decided he wanted it to say.

Do they think no one else has any experience with equipment? Many high school have audio/visual equipment for sport event use... all run by students.

169 posted on 04/06/2012 7:55:19 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: hoosiermama

Yep. They had all been to a meeting of local Dem officials near Abilene. The woman “blamed” for the forgery was from San Antonio.


170 posted on 04/06/2012 7:58:15 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Sub-Driver
sure they did...
171 posted on 04/06/2012 7:58:26 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: StAnDeliver

Yep. But obviously no legal penalties apply to Dems. They mean well, so the law does not apply. /sarcasm Any law.


172 posted on 04/06/2012 8:02:17 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Maybe the law is dumb in this area, but to defame a public figure, simple negligence isn’t sufficient. The plaintiff must prove “actual malice,” i.e., knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard of whether X was true or false. It looks the producer of that segment meets that strict standard. But NBC may advance a rogue producer narrative, according to which it would be guilty of is falling for the deception of the evil producer. That’s simple negligence, at worst.

And absent a smoking-gun e-mail or other definitive evidence showing that higher-ups at NBC were in on the deception, NBC just might get away with it.

But that’s a legal analysis.

Public relations might dictate settling quick, because a drawn-out case in which NBC’s DEFENSE is “We’re not guilty because we’re idiots, not deliberate liars” would do much more reputation damage than would a million or so forked over to Zimmerman, cloaked by a confidentiality agreement.


173 posted on 04/06/2012 8:04:22 PM PDT by BCrago66
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To: ken5050

FYI...see the link in post 161


174 posted on 04/06/2012 8:04:41 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: ken5050

It was pointed out that the only typewriter capable of changing font was the IBM select-matic,(which we all discussed for awhile) Then BH pointed out that a machine capable of the creating that font and spacing had not been invented and it had to be computer created. More discussion. Then Howlin recognized what had been discovered and started a fresh thread.

Was on both threads. The first where it was discussed and the second created by Howlin to get the word out and bring attention to the fraud.


175 posted on 04/06/2012 8:04:41 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: hoosiermama

I miss Howlin...


176 posted on 04/06/2012 8:06:05 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: Mr. K

I hope Zimmerman has lots of good lawyers....He should be compensated over this effine nonsense and because his life has been temporary ruined.....


177 posted on 04/06/2012 8:08:01 PM PDT by geege
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To: BCrago66
If they can fake a gas tank blowing up on a 1978 Chevy pickup and no one but Conservatives even remember the incident... they will get away with it... almost a certainty.

LLS

178 posted on 04/06/2012 8:17:15 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: ken5050

I was there... it was magic!

LLS


179 posted on 04/06/2012 8:18:26 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: jimbo123

http://www.nbcuni.com/corporate/management/executives#company=nbc-news

Miami NBC is owned by NBC


180 posted on 04/06/2012 8:24:02 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: hoosiermama
An IBM specialist was posting that evening also... can't remember their name... but a day or two later... they also pointed out factual characteristics that proved in every way possible... that there was not a single machine available... when those documents were to have been typed.... that could duplicate the variable unique details present in those forgeries. That was a beautiful moment in time. Someone even traced down the brand and model type writers used in the very NG office in which those forgeries were supposedly typed. Someone on FR had even worked in that very office... so that also confirmed those same unique details could not have been made on one single machine. It could be done... but it would have taken three different machines to do it and a rare ball like those that you mentioned in your post.

LLS

181 posted on 04/06/2012 8:28:15 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: chris37

So, let me get this straight — George Zimmerman’s name has been out there - the witnesses’s names - out there - fake home address given - and they refuse to name the person responsible for this race-baiting incident? Incredible.


182 posted on 04/06/2012 8:28:34 PM PDT by Catsrus
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183 posted on 04/06/2012 8:33:58 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sub-Driver

@ErikWemple: NBC has NBC to thank for allowing Zimmerman tape scandal to keep chugging along: http://wapo.st/HnKfuw


184 posted on 04/06/2012 8:36:32 PM PDT by ironman
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To: LibLieSlayer

Was it a freeper or little green footballs that superimposed the faux that Rather presented to an identical copy created on someone’s PC. Those were the days....Remember having a B or I that someone turned on and how it would continue through the posts until it got turned off? Computers are so much easier now..Sitting in my lounge chair, connected to internet through cell phone, How fast technology changes!


185 posted on 04/06/2012 8:37:55 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: ken5050

Me too. Occasionally send her a ping. As do a few others. Also miss Bah Bah but keep in touch with one of her daughters through face book.


186 posted on 04/06/2012 8:40:07 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: CitizenM; All
A Post #146 BTTT !!!

187 posted on 04/06/2012 8:41:24 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ironman

Is that a tweet? What do all the parts mean?

Judy Miller and Kristin ??? really were critical of NBC because they had not told their listener they misreported the material, but only gave out a news release to other media and it was vague. They also have not apologized to Zimmerman.....Need to have check book in hand when they do. OTOH maybe they are in negotiations to settle and that’s why they are quiet.


188 posted on 04/06/2012 8:46:43 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: samantha

Bryan Preston, at The PJ Tatler, wrote that he suspects the “seasoned producer” at NBC responsible for this deliberate editing of the Zimmerman tape is Jim Bell, the executive producer of the Today Show, and provides his reasons why.

Deadpool anyone?

Whoever it is, they will probably be hired by MSNBC, a Soros front such as Media Matters or Campaign for American Progress, or perhaps Al Gore’s wonderful TV network.

Their is such an incestuous relationship between NBC, MSNBC, Soros, Gore and John Podesta, that they should be arrested for it.


189 posted on 04/06/2012 8:56:25 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: EyeGuy

So NBC got caught and has given us an ersatz “apology” and grossly insulted our intelligence while giving it. BFD.

They accomplished their goal. You can’t put toothpaste back in the tube. There is absolutely way the damage caused can be rectified. That was the game plan from the get go.


190 posted on 04/06/2012 9:02:16 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: hoosiermama

It certainly has.

LLS


191 posted on 04/06/2012 9:06:35 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Even though the ladies are posing, their body language is saying, “Yuck, what a creep”!


192 posted on 04/06/2012 9:06:57 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Sub-Driver

The networks are controlled, and totally regulated by biggov, and they do what their told. This is no secret.

They’re TV talk shows are choreographed, rehearsed, with the hard obvious questions being routinely omitted and or soft balled.

Trust me, those capable of critical thought, understand how controlled and manipulated these broadcasts are.


193 posted on 04/06/2012 9:33:46 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sub-Driver

Rose Mary Woods


194 posted on 04/06/2012 9:47:15 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Rebelbase

His body language is saying, “Girls, please don’t touch me!” LOL


195 posted on 04/06/2012 9:50:24 PM PDT by princeofdarkness (The Obama Administration is circling the wagons. But the Truth Indians are using flaming arrows.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Three networks deliberately deceived the public and tainted the jury pool. Zimmerman cannot get a fair trial anywhere is the country. What they did will backfire.


196 posted on 04/06/2012 10:07:00 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: NoLibZone

“NBC needs to have it’s FCC License pulled.”

What makes you think they have or need one?

Individual stations are licensed. Maybe pull those?

Actually I am uncomfortable with using Government licensing as a means to shut up anyone even if they ARE a bunch of lying scumbags.


197 posted on 04/06/2012 10:23:52 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Not good enough.


198 posted on 04/06/2012 11:44:22 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Sub-Driver

We need a name. When CNN, CBS, or ABC tries to hire the guy we will be forewarned.


199 posted on 04/06/2012 11:55:27 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Sub-Driver
declined to be identified discussing internal company matters.

Assuming that this is not just another anti-conservative propaganda hit piece from the MSM, it's either racially or politically motivated, or both.

I really don't care about internal company matters, I want to know, 1) was this racially motivated which it appears to be, and 2) was this politically motivated.

I want to know this person's race and political affiliation. Til NBC comes across with that information, it's slander and defamation of character and I hope that Mr. Zimmerman sues their socks off.

I keep hearing how many layers of accountability NBC has to ensure that this kind of thing doesn't happen so it must have been a conspiracy of several people to make sure that this happened.

Clipping out the part about the appearance of drug use, just so he could be painted with the racial remark makes it either racially or politically motivated or both.

There's no third option IMHO.

200 posted on 04/07/2012 12:26:59 AM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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