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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.


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To: EyeGuy

And let us not forget that it was a FReeper, Buckhead, who first revealed that the Bush/Rather memos were fabricated..


101 posted on 04/06/2012 6:11:59 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: Free in Texas; All

“NBC is most likely acting on the advice of lawyers trying to limit liability. “

I would have LOVED to be a fly-on-the-wall in the meeting where the Risk Management Dept. lawyer told them how many dollars they could be on the hook for, should one of MSNBC’s insane, hate-filled watchers do something stupid, let alone the damages for defamation they may already face.


102 posted on 04/06/2012 6:11:59 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Nachum

Probably not obstruction of justice, since they didn’t prevent law enforcement officials from obtaining evidence. But very, very likely slander, and possibly incitement to riot, as well as most certainly an abuse of the public airwaves, and ample cause for the FCC to remove their broadcast license.


103 posted on 04/06/2012 6:12:06 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: jimfree

I agree. In fact, my wife, who regularly chastises me for taking conservative positions, is shocked and outraged by this, and considered NBC’s apology an insult to her intelligence.


104 posted on 04/06/2012 6:13:59 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: NoLibZone
NBC needs to have it’s FCC License pulled.

A common misconception. NBC doesn't have or need an FCC license because NBC does not broadcast. Rather, their affiliate stations do. It is the stations that have a FCC license.

105 posted on 04/06/2012 6:14:11 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

NBC lies-Zimmerman fries.
Ba$tard$!


106 posted on 04/06/2012 6:15:24 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Humble Servant
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”.

Thanks for the clarification and additional info. I heard the clip(s) on a late night radio show discussing the affair and perhaps missed that part.
107 posted on 04/06/2012 6:16:33 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Sub-Driver

I wish Rush would release his multitudes on the LSM.

See F. Chuck on the Mall or in front of the White House?
Get in his face and humiliate him.

Ron Allen in flyover country? Ask him why he aired that piece. The O’Donnell/Mitchell/Maddow Bimbettes? Let them know we know they lie.

Double for the local NBC affiliates covering the snow storm or the “if it bleeds, it leads” story.


108 posted on 04/06/2012 6:17:34 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: upchuck

There are a few network owned/operated stations subject to FCC licensing.


109 posted on 04/06/2012 6:18:36 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: jimbo123

He is not the only guilty one. There is a corporate environment at NBC and its cable cousins then promotes and enables this type behavior. To select one low-level producer instead of a top on down coup is to create a scapegoat.


110 posted on 04/06/2012 6:20:54 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Sub-Driver

ABCNNBCBS = GGTV = Gangster Govt TV = American Pravda


111 posted on 04/06/2012 6:21:30 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Humble Servant

Networks don’t have or need ‘broadcast licenses’. Those belong to individual stations.

Certainly a case could be made that NBC meets the standard of ‘reckless disregard of the truth’ and is guilty of defamation and libel.


112 posted on 04/06/2012 6:22:57 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: sima_yi

Respond by persuading Zimmerman to sue for libel, keeping the issue in the news and dragging NBC through their slimy operation in court.


113 posted on 04/06/2012 6:23:30 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Way back in the day when I was a debt collector, clients would sometimes believe their former clients who had stiffed them. They would believe their claims of racial slurs, threats, and various other things that we had not done. Back in those days we never ever told a client that they were wrong(even though they were). So we simply said that we would remove that collector from their accounts. Really all we did was change their dunning name.

Since the name of the parties are cloaked so well in this case...I really have to wonder if are dealing a little bit of a shell game.


114 posted on 04/06/2012 6:24:03 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: Former Proud Canadian

They probably hired him back under another phony name!


115 posted on 04/06/2012 6:24:11 PM PDT by lu shissler
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To: Sub-Driver
They also declined to name the fired producer.

So, they claim they fired a producer. Sure they did.

116 posted on 04/06/2012 6:25:00 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

Contact information a post 62.


117 posted on 04/06/2012 6:25:39 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Sub-Driver

Zimmerman should sue.


118 posted on 04/06/2012 6:26:10 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: steveo

You know, Olbermann is available again!


119 posted on 04/06/2012 6:26:48 PM PDT by lu shissler
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To: jimbo123

I never thought about that until you mentioned it... but it just may be true.

LLS


120 posted on 04/06/2012 6:28:38 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Sub-Driver
"The people with direct knowledge of the firing characterized the misleading edit as a mistake, not a purposeful act."

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The very act of editing requires that one choose what to edit out and what to leave in so the above "characterization" is an out and out lie. Of course the editing was deliberate, purposeful act.

121 posted on 04/06/2012 6:28:54 PM PDT by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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To: ptsal

And Jesse Jackson’s daughter was just hired by FOX! With what has happened to Fox, the one who was fired could probably get a job with them, holding Geraldo’s hand,


122 posted on 04/06/2012 6:30:28 PM PDT by lu shissler
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To: Libloather

I guess they decided, for some reason, that the “fake but accurate” defense wouldn’t work this time. Wonder why . . .


123 posted on 04/06/2012 6:30:54 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

God,I had forgotten all about the gas tank fiasco.


124 posted on 04/06/2012 6:31:21 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: BCrago66
But then they were negligent on their oversight and fact checking. There does appear to be liability... but what the heck do I know?!

LLS

125 posted on 04/06/2012 6:31:35 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

NBC is treating the identity of this fired “producer” as if he/she was a muslim.


126 posted on 04/06/2012 6:32:01 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Free in Texas

Should be “a deliberate, purposeful act.”


127 posted on 04/06/2012 6:32:59 PM PDT by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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To: Travis McGee
ABCNNBCBS = GGTV = Gangster Govt TV = American Pravda

You owe Pravda an apology. At least they would show the Politburo in less than favorable light once in awhile.

128 posted on 04/06/2012 6:33:31 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: hoosiermama

ABC doing a little damage control?

“SANFORD, Fla. - New analysis of calls to police made by George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, show a man who never offered up race as a descriptor of suspicious people in the neighborhood watch area until being prompted by a dispatcher.  On the calls he made to Sanford, Fla., police he seems reluctant to take initiative in pursuing one suspicious man.”

http://abcnews.go.com/news/t/blogEntry?id=16087551


129 posted on 04/06/2012 6:34:10 PM PDT by ironman
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To: Sub-Driver; All

Let me be the first (I Think) to call BS on this. If NBC is not releasing a name, then how do we really know someone was fired...Think about it, they can say they did but there is no PROOF


130 posted on 04/06/2012 6:36:00 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

And why would a PRODUCER be fired, when the EDITOR was the one who doctored the tape?


131 posted on 04/06/2012 6:37:01 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Sub-Driver
NBC: "Hey there, ______, does anyone else on your team know how to use Avid?"

Producer: "Oh, sure, two or three."

NBC: "Ok, you're fired."

132 posted on 04/06/2012 6:37:49 PM PDT by StAnDeliver ("Double-UennN,B,C!")
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To: jimbo123

I would think a rainbow coalition member... or perhaps the Twana Brawley fan club!

LLS


133 posted on 04/06/2012 6:38:10 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: ironman

Just more moon walking IMO


134 posted on 04/06/2012 6:39:08 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: jimbo123

Beause the editor was doing what the producer told them to.


135 posted on 04/06/2012 6:39:54 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: LibLieSlayer

Yes.


136 posted on 04/06/2012 6:40:13 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: tobyhill

It can be both, a mistake and a “purposeful act”.”

You nailed it!


137 posted on 04/06/2012 6:40:20 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Unless the EDITOR did it on his own and the PRODUCER is the designated fall guy.


138 posted on 04/06/2012 6:41:47 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Free in Texas
"NBC is most likely acting on the advice of lawyers trying to limit liability. Zimmerman should go after them if he can. They’re running scared legally IMHO."

You better believe it. NBC paid $500,000 (in 1996 dollars!) to this man: Richard Jewell v. NBC

139 posted on 04/06/2012 6:43:26 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: jimbo123

Generally, those low level tech positions are filled with people who could give a crap about content.

It’s the producer who makes editorial decisions.


140 posted on 04/06/2012 6:44:48 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: ken5050

Was that the one that analyzed the type of printing or am I thinking of something else?

I was on-line the day the print thing was posted and it blew my mind.


141 posted on 04/06/2012 6:45:49 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Sub-Driver

I heard he’s already been hired by a new reality show called “the Running Man”.


142 posted on 04/06/2012 6:47:02 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Cboldt
...the Left cannot fabricate unanswered, lying propaganda any longer.

You're right. Just look at the unending uproar over the forged documents used by Obamao and how it finally hounded him from office.

Whoops...parallel universe.

143 posted on 04/06/2012 6:47:27 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: 6SJ7

Exactly. Moreover, if you listen to the dishonestly edited version of the audio, you can hear a distinct difference in the audio background. At the edit point, Zimmerman seems to have shifted the phone in his hand or something because you can hear the noise. In the original unedited version, the background sound seems normal and actually starts before he says that he thought that Martin was black. In the edited version, it begins suddenly at the edit point.

Not only was the edit dishonest, it was sloppily done.


144 posted on 04/06/2012 6:49:36 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. (PursuingLiberty.com))
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To: Sub-Driver

Does anybody have the show name, and broadcast date and time for the original airing of the tape by NBC? You need it to file an FCC complaint, which might have to be done for each of the broadcasting stations, but we’re going to have to get to it to be taken seriously. We need to make this cost big time.


145 posted on 04/06/2012 6:50:21 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Sub-Driver
This editing was done to purposely misinform the country. Further, it was done to purposely advance the political agenda of those of the Democrat Party who rely on creating tensions and hatred between the black and white population. People have been threatened by pronouncements for vigilante type justice and kidnapping. Others have been seriously harmed and beaten, and even murdered by perpetrators who acted in revenge and justified their attacks as "pay backs" for what NBC led them to believe was a racially related tragedy in which a young man lost his life at the hands of another who was the victim and sought to protect himself and his property.

Because NBC played the major role in inciting this threatening and criminal behavior that has come about as a result of their deliberate and immoral attempt to perpetuate a fraud it bears the major responsibility and liability for the harm that has come to people and our country as a result.

With it's penchant for sensationalizing the news, and fanning the flames of discontent, as well as creating an edited version of the incident that is more of a fabrication, rather than doing due diligence and researching the facts and reporting the complete truth, NBC has, itself, become an accessory to all related crimes, The network must be held legally accountable for all damages that have resulted, and will continue to result until and unless a full declaration of their role...and a complete explanation of the truth is put forth by NBC.

Firing of a "supposed" producer, who remains unnamed, is of miniscule significance and should not exempt the network from being charged and fined for the danger they provoked and the consequences their actions have already had and will continue to be felt in America. Those actions, which as we all know, were neither accidental nor without supervised approval and specific intentions.

In addition...just like a godfather in a crime syndicate, the same liability for the criminal activity that has resulted can be placed on the hands of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, The Black Panthers and all who have continued to irresponsibly cry for vigilante justice without informing themselves of the truth while encouraging more criminal revenge.

146 posted on 04/06/2012 6:51:46 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama studied our Constution out of hate for America, not out of love for our laws.)
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To: Humble Servant; maggief; STARWISE
Mag or Star can you find the following info for HS?

Does anybody have the show name, and broadcast date and time for the original airing of the tape by NBC? You need it to file an FCC complaint, which might have to be done for each of the broadcasting stations, but we’re going to have to get to it to be taken seriously. We need to make this cost big time.

147 posted on 04/06/2012 6:52:54 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; Cboldt

That was my quote you didn’t like, not Cboldt’s

No, the Kenyan has not been driven from office, but the forged document story is clearly still an ongoing issue, with several states having at addressed the issue.

The point being, that at least the Left is no longer able to operate with complete control of the news cycle.


148 posted on 04/06/2012 6:54:21 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: bootless
Look up Scott Zamost currently investigative producer at CNN, but worked at NBC6 in Miami,very interesting.
149 posted on 04/06/2012 6:54:54 PM PDT by samantha ( Sarah Palin TEAple leader to save America. Herman Cain & Santorum)
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To: Humble Servant

...the culture at NBC that encouraged and fostered this fraud?...


It’s called diversity racism. Socialists use race and sex preferences, doctrines, violence and hate for power. They are now dabbling in the idea of spreading their hate game to Muslims versus Christians.

They are responsible for people being attacked by gangs of black racists they incited. Liberalism is a daily Klan rally. Obammy and Holder are their grand masters.


150 posted on 04/06/2012 6:55:08 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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