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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 Zimmermans 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 hes up to no good. He looks black.
But Mr. Zimmermans 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.
Here is supposed to be his picture:
Who knows how many things they were lying about twenty years ago?
Likely replacement for Jay Carney (once he plays out his string).
Too late. This Obama’s Willie Horton.
Justice for George Zimmerman!
Methinks the fired producer is black.
Why keep the name secret — unless they’re really covering up for something done in New York!
That’s now 2 down in having been caught lying about the Trayvon shooting:
MJ Rosenberg at Media Matters and this unknown NBC producer.
“Inside NBC, there was shock that the segment had been broadcast. Citing an anonymous network executive, Reuters reported that the Today shows 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.”
Why is there a quote from an “anonymous” network executive?
Did they run out of testicles at NBC? If they really wanted to get to the bottom of this at the very least this executive should ID him (or herself) to face the music about why the so-called legal and standards department missed the editing!
“The people with direct knowledge of the firing characterized the misleading edit as a mistake, not a purposeful act.”
It can be both, a mistake and a “purposeful act”.
NBC was trying to create the news with their edit of the tape. Any excuse otherwise, especially that the edit was inadvertent, is BS.
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Methinks the producer is black.
The person needs to be jailed immediately.
The Unknown NBC Producer who happens to be black?
So they found a scapegoat. Huzzah huzzah. This producer is nothing but a tiny cog in an utterly corrupt machine.
We’re supposed to take their word for it? Sure, they’ve never lied to us in the past. Have they?
They’re not looking forward to the concept of addressing George Zimmerman as “Boss”.
It can't be done. Editing is a conscious process. If it were accidental, the edit point would have been randomly placed.
The producer is not a scapegoat. He’s guilty. Grab some popcorn...
This producer is just a fall guy. NBC has a history of propagandizing. This is not nearly enough. People could still be killed, and lives have been ruined because of their actions. One producer did not do this, there is a bigger fish that should have been aware of what was going on.
A mistake would be clipping the beginning or ending of the audio. Carefully editing out the 911 dispatcher’s question about what color the perp was was a deliberate act. NBC is still lying.
Wouldn't surprise me if he looked like Obama's son. A non-black producer would probably have been embarrassed in public.
A defamation action by Zimmerman (BTW, wasn’t that the original name of Bob Dylan?) would name as defendants both the corporate entity NBC, and the individual producer directly behind that segment (and maybe some additional individual John Does.) What NBC is doing by firing the guy is attempting - with regard to itself only - to negate the “actual malice” element required to prove libel against a public figure. Thus, in the likely event of a suit, NBC will argue: “We accepted in good faith this segment as an accurate representation of the 911 call, but were deceived by this rogue producer (who previously had a good track record).”
In this way, NBC may rely on a narrative of a rogue producer who did commit defamation, in an effort to exculpate itself, NBC, of the charge of defamation. And no doubt, that’s why the producer & NBC will be represented separate counsel.
Al Sharpton is going to come to the defense of this producer, methinks...
He’s a little old to be Obama’s son.
I have been involved in quite a few fire/ems incidents where the only thing I recognized was the address. The media is worthless at best.
We need to find out who it is and spread the name.....Enough!
Williams is not stupid. I don't know how he sleeps at night. A mega mil$ contract makes the medicine go down, I suppose.
Dan Rather and Mary Mapes are deeply saddened.
Fat chance. Jim Clyburn's daughter is an FCC commissioner @ $160k per year.
If they are going to accept the wall of noise put out by a LeftMedia that has been continually proven to be heavily biased and capable of outright lying, then there is not much we can do, short of developing our own media outlets and our own barrage of truth.
Every “news” source will be a “channel” on the Internet eventually. In my opinion, that, at long last, greatly levels the playing field.
But yes, we aren't there yet.
I expect the fired producer to get a tenured faculty position at the Columbia University School of Journalism.
Not the editor...a producer.
I should have read the other comments first. Both of you basically made the same point that I made a few comments ago, earlier than me.
Grab some popcorn. Will Al Sharpton boycott his own employer for firing that producer? Will he call his bosses at NBC racist? This is really going to get good.
That was exactly what I was thinking as well. Before the Internet and before Talk Radio, most of us removed from an incident had now way of either knowing the truth. And those closely involved, such as the GIs 12,000 miles away who kicked the crap out of the Commies during Tet, had no way of knowing the lies Cronkite (may he burn in Hell) was telling.
Things are far different today. Citizens can be both reporters and editors, and the old guard media does not like that.
We no longer need to rely on them, and the more we see, the less we trust them.
He will be working for another branch of the re-election committee in two weeks.
Pray for America
Firing him is a start. Now Zimmerman sues NBC for $1,000,000+.
How about naming and blaming the culture at NBC that encouraged and fostered this fraud? And the culture of “journalism” departments at universities all over this country that promote advocacy of leftist agendas through propaganda over the representation of truth?
If I gave them an “internal probe”, they’d KNOW they’d been probed, by Jimminy!
On Friday . . . of course.
One million? I think his lawyers should be demanding tens of billions in punitive damages to make sure every news outlet and poverty pimp in the world that got involved gets the point. they are all still printing cute little Trayvon photos and damning Zimmerman, the victim.
” NBC should fire itself. “
Pithy. I like it.
It isn’t only the removal of the dispatcher’s question, but also Zimmerman’s actual explanation of why he looked like he was “up to no good”.
You may be onto something..especially if the producer is one of “Holder’s peeps”