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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.
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.
They freely released Zimmermans name but are hiding the name of the person who attempted to get him lynched....
All those names seem familiar, but it also seems a lifetime ago.
Wasn’t it his daughter that was also connected to Mapes?
Still true 8 years later -- in Texas, Forgery is a Third-Degree Felony, and to transmit by wire is an enhancement.
<"size=30">Ditto, man DITTO. We don't know how much they are fibbing to us this time.
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.
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.
Yep. They had all been to a meeting of local Dem officials near Abilene. The woman “blamed” for the forgery was from San Antonio.
Yep. But obviously no legal penalties apply to Dems. They mean well, so the law does not apply. /sarcasm Any law.
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.
FYI...see the link in post 161
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.
I miss Howlin...
I hope Zimmerman has lots of good lawyers....He should be compensated over this effine nonsense and because his life has been temporary ruined.....
I was there... it was magic!
Miami NBC is owned by NBC