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"Seasoned” NBC News producer fired, still anonymous
Daily Caller ^ | 4/7/2012 | Jim Treacher

Posted on 04/07/2012 11:33:59 AM PDT by Qbert

The New York Times, which hasn’t been reporting on NBC News editing George Zimmerman’s 911 call to make him sound like a racist, is finally doing so. Brian Stelter writes:

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…

On April 4, the network news division said in a statement that it deeply regretted the “error made in the production process.”

“We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers,” the network said.

It did not specify what steps it would take. But one day later it dismissed a Miami-based producer who had worked at NBC for several years.

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

So. For weeks, NBC News has eagerly joined in and put George Zimmerman and everyone around him on trial — even people who have nothing to do with him, like the McClain family — but now NBC is protecting the identity of whoever faked evidence against Zimmerman.

Note that this isn’t NBC officially announcing the firing. All they’ve said is that it was an “error” and it supposedly won’t happen again. They haven’t said who did it or why, or how the company is responding. Now the NYT is reporting that whoever did it has been fired, but oddly enough, this person still doesn’t have a name. And we find out about it from similarly anonymous sources, contacted by a newspaper that hasn’t even been reporting on it up until now.

I wonder how tough it is to find out the names of all the NBC News producers who were fired on April 5, 2012? Pretty tough, probably. Good job keeping a lid on this, NBC.

And these anonymous sources are actually sticking with the whoopsie defense. It was an accident. “D’oh! I seem to have edited out the three seconds of your conversation that make it clear you’re responding to a police dispatcher’s question, rather than volunteering a racist motive. Silly me!” Well, if it was an accident, why was this unnamed person fired? If it was an accident, what’s the thinking behind this clumsy attempt at a cover-up that makes people skeptical that it was an accident?

MSNBC went to battle stations when James O’Keefe committed a misdemeanor. They called it “Watergate Jr.” But when one of their own manufactures evidence in a racially charged shooting that’s become a nationwide scandal? Crickets. Guess they don’t want to step on Al Sharpton’s toes.

Nothing to see here, America. Let it be known that NBC News won’t smear you and then close ranks to cover up their wrongdoing. Unless it’ll help their ratings.

At least ABC News is breathing a sigh of relief. Their stupid irresponsibility in this case is long forgotten. Whew.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: blackkk; editgate; florida; georgezimmerman; lmm; lyingmedia; mediawingofthednc; nbc; nbcnews; nbcproducer; nbcproducerfired; nothingbutcrap; partisanmediashills; producerfired; trayvonmartin; zimmerman; zimmerman911call
NBC was so hot to trot with the Zimmerman smear in the first place- but now they're going to take their sweet time in disclosing the name of the "fired" producer?...
1 posted on 04/07/2012 11:34:09 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert
Brian Williams gave the OK.

He's the one who needs to go, and they know it.

2 posted on 04/07/2012 11:35:41 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: Qbert

Fire and Rehire will be what happens.


3 posted on 04/07/2012 11:37:17 AM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

If they don’t identify this person - it didn’t happen.


4 posted on 04/07/2012 11:37:30 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Qbert

George Zimmerman should NBC for a million bucks, and NBC should be shut down by the FCC.

If George wins, he can take $500,000 of the court award from NBC, and can then put out a bounty on 50 New Black Panther members for $10,000 each, dead or castrated (at a minimum). After all, the so-called Justice Department refuses to take action against the NBP for their bounty on George. Why do blacks get away with violence? (Obama?)


5 posted on 04/07/2012 11:41:53 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: Qbert

From aprevious FR thread the rumor mill says the producer is Jim Bell, Executive Producer, “Today”, NBC News.


6 posted on 04/07/2012 11:42:05 AM PDT by shortstop (It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful)
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To: Qbert

George Zimmerman should SUE NBC for a million bucks, and NBC should be shut down by the FCC.

If George wins, he can take $500,000 of the court award from NBC, and can then put out a bounty on 50 New Black Panther members for $10,000 each, dead or castrated (at a minimum). After all, the so-called Justice Department refuses to take action against the NBP for their bounty on George. Why do blacks get away with violence? (Obama?)


7 posted on 04/07/2012 11:43:14 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

"Brian Williams gave the OK.

He's the one who needs to go, and they know it."

Good point.

8 posted on 04/07/2012 11:44:56 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: shortstop

The person will never remain anonymous. This is the information age... Internet, cable news,...


9 posted on 04/07/2012 11:46:16 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Wordkraft


The culprit.
10 posted on 04/07/2012 11:47:53 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Qbert

Will Spike Lee be posting the home address of the fired NBC producer? Will anyone believe him?


11 posted on 04/07/2012 11:50:14 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Qbert

I would watch a full time news channel that had as its main reporting mission, reporting solely on the news media itself.

The untouchables need to be touched hard. Wipe away any trace of that phony veneer of ‘objectivity’ they claim to have yet we know they don’t. Air their dirty hypocritical laundry. No protection from the rest of the media helping out a fellow buddy.


12 posted on 04/07/2012 11:50:37 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

The producer got seasoned in the first place because those kinds of activities are highly prized by NBC and the other partisan shill media orgs. Thanks Qbert.


13 posted on 04/07/2012 11:50:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: shortstop

"From aprevious FR thread the rumor mill says the producer is Jim Bell, Executive Producer, “Today”, NBC News."

Yeah, I saw that on PJM. I think he also turned his Twitter account to "private" status last night. I did see an article quoting Bernie Goldberg on Fox saying he didn't think Bell was the type that would do this- he thinks it was a segment producer (who knows?).

Brian Williams (see comment #2) gave the go-ahead on showing it- he's the one who really needs to pay here, IMO.

14 posted on 04/07/2012 11:52:26 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

The “fired producer” was supposedly based in Miami, while Jim Bell is based in New York. It probably isn’t Bell.


15 posted on 04/07/2012 11:56:26 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Qbert

George Zimmerman’s reputation has been destroyed by these media minions. The producer’s reputation must be protected by remaining anonymous. I hope I live to see the day NBC crashes and burns.


16 posted on 04/07/2012 11:59:21 AM PDT by cblue55 (Mr. Obama, was your mother punished with a baby?)
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To: jimbo123

"The “fired producer” was supposedly based in Miami, while Jim Bell is based in New York. It probably isn’t Bell."

Interesting info- thanks.

17 posted on 04/07/2012 12:01:16 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

I wonder just how fired he really is?

Today’ EP Jim Bell to Lead NBC’s Olympics Coverage

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/today-ep-jim-bell-to-lead-nbcs-olympics-coverage_b83130


18 posted on 04/07/2012 12:01:53 PM PDT by hmmmmm
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

[Brian Williams gave the OK.]

But its so easy for the higher up to say they didn’t know. Isn’t Williams the Managing Editor?


19 posted on 04/07/2012 12:16:58 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Qbert
unless and until they name them... it never happened!!!
20 posted on 04/07/2012 12:19:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Qbert
Following Dear Leader 0bowMao's lead the Lynch Mob Media
will take no responsibility for any actions it has taken.

For the cause! (raised fist)

21 posted on 04/07/2012 12:19:50 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Qbert

And we are supposed to believe them when they don’t even Identify the person. It is not past the MSM to make something up now is it.


22 posted on 04/07/2012 12:29:13 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Revel

"And we are supposed to believe them when they don’t even Identify the person. It is not past the MSM to make something up now is it."

Yep. I think it's becoming apparent that not only did NBC purposely edit the tape, but there is no "fired producer"...

23 posted on 04/07/2012 12:40:52 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

I tend to agree.


24 posted on 04/07/2012 12:45:12 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Secret Agent Man
Per your #12 reply; The stories i heard coming out of the “Satellite City” at the Waco incident were astounding in they're seamyness and corruption.
25 posted on 04/07/2012 12:45:37 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Wordkraft

Exactly. As long as he/she is anonymous they don’t actually have to fire it.


26 posted on 04/07/2012 12:57:54 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Williams has really been the face of the leftist media ever since I first saw him on syndicated NBC newscasting in the early 2000s. Another pseudo-Catholic, too.


27 posted on 04/07/2012 12:58:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: shortstop

Zimmerman could sue for damages, but that is a ways away.


28 posted on 04/07/2012 1:06:41 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: roadcat

not “a million”

millions!!!


29 posted on 04/07/2012 2:01:20 PM PDT by malia
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To: Qbert

I suspect the “fired” producer will be re-assigned/re-cycled. The Zimmerman smear was a ‘vast’ NBC conspiracy, not a “mistake” of one individual.


30 posted on 04/07/2012 2:15:48 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: Qbert

How can anyone believe anyone was fired when NBC is making the claim. NBC has NO credibility. ZERO credibility. To be believed, they must give a name. The person should be interviewed by others in the press and forced to confess and apologize for his/her/its outrage.


31 posted on 04/07/2012 2:25:09 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Qbert

Perhaps this is nothing but theater, yet another lie, and they didn’t really fire anyone.


32 posted on 04/07/2012 2:26:39 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Qbert

“OK,and this (Brian Williams) guy – is he black,white or Hispanic?”


33 posted on 04/07/2012 3:12:51 PM PDT by Wvoter
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To: Qbert

Frankly, I seriously doubt anyone was fired.

I think this is nothing but a BS smokescreen.

To cover up network-wide dishonesty.

But that’s just my opinion. Call me cynical.


34 posted on 04/07/2012 3:14:59 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ((Racism Fatigue) America is the least racist nation on Earth)
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To: malia

Indeed - his family should retain the attorney that represented Richard Jewell, who was smeared by the networks after the Atlanta Olympic bombing.

And as discovery progresses in the case, NBC will have to reveal the name of the producer, who should then be joined as a co-defendant in the suit.

And I’d add Comcast and GE as parent companies of NBC for good measure.


35 posted on 04/07/2012 3:16:13 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: winkadink
Fire and Rehire will be what happens.

Or they "fired" somebody who was going to retire anyway, and agreed to fall on the sword in exchange for a sweet retirement package.

36 posted on 04/07/2012 3:31:42 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yes, but what would become of (C)Rock Center? (snicker)


37 posted on 04/07/2012 3:33:52 PM PDT by MizSterious (Now that Perry's out, I guess I'll just have to vote for "Generic Republican Candidate")
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To: Qbert
NBC was so hot to trot with the Zimmerman smear in the first place- but now they're going to take their sweet time in disclosing the name of the "fired" producer?...

Trust but verify.
This paragon of ethics and honesty has given us no reason to trust anything they say.
If they can manipulate a quote into a lie, they can certainly falsely claim to have done something.

38 posted on 04/07/2012 3:50:32 PM PDT by Publius6961 (A)
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To: Qbert

The producers, writers and editors, in both NBC and NYT need to be brought up on criminal charges. The talking heads on NBC and any other “news” outfit, TV and/or radio, that repeated that propaganda need to be brought up on conspiracy in furtherance of whatever criminal charges are brought against the primary perps.

Freedom of speech was never meant to cover straight up lies. And, this is a case of shouting fire in a theater.

Being employed by a “journalist” outfit should not ever resolve anyone from issues of basic integrity and honesty. If we keep letting them get away with this, we’re going to loose the entire concept of free press in the eventual lash-back.


39 posted on 04/07/2012 4:35:00 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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