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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.
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.
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,
I guess they decided, for some reason, that the “fake but accurate” defense wouldn’t work this time. Wonder why . . .
God,I had forgotten all about the gas tank fiasco.
NBC is treating the identity of this fired “producer” as if he/she was a muslim.
Should be “a deliberate, purposeful act.”
You owe Pravda an apology. At least they would show the Politburo in less than favorable light once in awhile.
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.”
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
And why would a PRODUCER be fired, when the EDITOR was the one who doctored the tape?
Producer: "Oh, sure, two or three."
NBC: "Ok, you're fired."
I would think a rainbow coalition member... or perhaps the Twana Brawley fan club!
Just more moon walking IMO
Beause the editor was doing what the producer told them to.
It can be both, a mistake and a purposeful act.”
You nailed it!
Unless the EDITOR did it on his own and the PRODUCER is the designated fall guy.
You better believe it. NBC paid $500,000 (in 1996 dollars!) to this man: Richard Jewell v. NBC
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.