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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.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adnanhajj; danrather; drivebymedia; drivebys; enemedia; fakebutaccurate; gotcaught; mediabias; nbc; sorry4gettingcaught; sorrywegotcaught; staterunmedia; tapemanipulation; trayvonmartin; waronerror
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Accountability?
1 posted on 04/06/2012 5:14:06 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Brian Williams would have given the OK.

His is the head that needs to roll.

2 posted on 04/06/2012 5:15:12 PM 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: Sub-Driver

hunh. i wonder what cnn gave him for a signing bonus.


3 posted on 04/06/2012 5:15:31 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: All

I wonder how much cash this Commie propagandizing producer will get from the same rich Leftists who funnel money to, anong other Reds, the talentless Clintons.


4 posted on 04/06/2012 5:17:11 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Sub-Driver

Not good enough.

He/ she/ it needs to be named, charged with a hate crime, charged with inciting riots, sued, and jailed.


5 posted on 04/06/2012 5:17:29 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Sub-Driver

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

As late as 10 years ago he wold have gotten the pulitzer


6 posted on 04/06/2012 5:17:33 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ah—a human sacrifice. The phony edit gods will be pleased.


7 posted on 04/06/2012 5:17:39 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: Sub-Driver
According to Stelter's network sources, NBC is still insisting the deceptive edit was not done deliberatiely.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

8 posted on 04/06/2012 5:18:29 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Sub-Driver

If the goal was to remove simply the 911 dispatcher’s voice and retain Zimmerman’s remarks, they erred when they removed the comments “he looks like he’s on drugs or something” in the middle.

It was an attempt to combine the “no good” aspect with “he looks black” as if to justify the perception that he must be up to no good.

Stalinist media lies like a Stalinist.


9 posted on 04/06/2012 5:18:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Sub-Driver

No matter how many people they fire, as long as they keep saying it was a “mistake” they will continue to have no credibility.


10 posted on 04/06/2012 5:19:12 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: the invisib1e hand
hunh. i wonder what cnn gave him for a signing bonus.

Maybe they just re-hired him.

11 posted on 04/06/2012 5:19:31 PM PDT by steveo
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To: Sub-Driver
We don't know that anybody at NBC was fired. This is a NYT story with anonymous sources, and NBC isn't commenting. This could be as fictitious as the NBC news report was in the first place.

And assuming NBC did fire somebody in FL, that doesn't mean the person was involved in a Zimmerman story at all.

And I agree with the post above - until NBC can describe its story clearing process, and how it went wring, all they are doing is taking advantage of the incident to dump an employee who isn't full-blown communist.

12 posted on 04/06/2012 5:20:16 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Sub-Driver

So only NBC had access to the tapes?

Or did their media brethren know and do nothing to point out the undisclosed redaction?


13 posted on 04/06/2012 5:20:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Accountability?

Only after Rush beat them into a corner, then beat the corner flat.

14 posted on 04/06/2012 5:21:01 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1172 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Sub-Driver
... NBC is still insisting the deceptive edit was not done deliberatiely...

Words fail me. How does one respond to a lie that outrageous?

15 posted on 04/06/2012 5:21:01 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: Sub-Driver

Just as serious is what Toure unwittingly revealed to Piers Morgan - that MSNBC isn’t interested in hearing both sides of the story (”Zimmerman’s brother wouldn’t even make it on to the network”).

So much for objectivity.


16 posted on 04/06/2012 5:21:01 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


17 posted on 04/06/2012 5:22:06 PM PDT by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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To: Sub-Driver

NBC should fire itself.


18 posted on 04/06/2012 5:22:08 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Sub-Driver

This must have really stung to have to take the time to go down inside the inner bowels of the news organization to find a scape goat.


19 posted on 04/06/2012 5:22:23 PM PDT by BRL
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To: All

“The editing of the segment was initially noticed by NewsBusters, an arm of the Media Research Center, a conservative media monitoring group.”

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I consider this a milestone event. First with Rathergate, and continuing now with this episode, it is becoming more and more clear that the Left cannot fabricate unanswered, lying propaganda any longer.

I wish we had a time machine so that, for example, all the damage wrought by the lying Comrade Walter Cronkite, regarding the clear American victory during the Vietnam Wars’s Tet offensive, could be negated.

Nice work Brent Bozell.


20 posted on 04/06/2012 5:25:04 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: null and void

Also with help from Brent Bozell and the MRC. He really started the ball rolling with this info.


21 posted on 04/06/2012 5:25:06 PM PDT by princeofdarkness (The Obama Administration is circling the wagons. But the Truth Indians are using flaming arrows.)
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To: a fool in paradise

The edit in question was the deliberate removal of the dispatcher asking Zimmerman if he could identify the race of the perp, to which Zimmerman replies, “he looks black”. Without the dispatcher’s question, it gives the impression that Zimmerman was overly preoccupied with the perp’s race, not simply answering the dispatcher’s question, and significantly alters the “flavor” of the audio.


22 posted on 04/06/2012 5:25:13 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Sub-Driver

Will they announce it on the air?

Will Brian W apologize to all his viewers?


23 posted on 04/06/2012 5:25:13 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: a fool in paradise
-- So only NBC had access to the tapes? --

The recording of Zimmerman was made public by the town of Sanford on March 16th.

If you study media accounts of a "hot" or complicated subject, and compare them with the raw source material, you find that the news reports are rarely faithful to the facts.

24 posted on 04/06/2012 5:25:17 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Sub-Driver

Not good enough. It is called obstruction of justice. People need to be prosecuted.


25 posted on 04/06/2012 5:26:06 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

In the meantime NBC stuffed a gigantic cherry bomb into race relations just like they did to that saddlebag gas tank to make it explode.


26 posted on 04/06/2012 5:27:41 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Cboldt

Mr. Hearst cabled him back and stated “Stay where you are. You provide the pictures, and I’ll provide the war.”

Modern update:”Stay where you are. You provide the sound bites, and I’ll provide the race war.”...


27 posted on 04/06/2012 5:27:44 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1172 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m actually surprised


28 posted on 04/06/2012 5:28:20 PM PDT by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Friday Night Dump!!!


29 posted on 04/06/2012 5:28:36 PM PDT by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I am not a tv/radio professional; I am a listener. Anybody who claims this edit was inadvertent is a bloody moron or a liar of the highest order.


30 posted on 04/06/2012 5:28:51 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver

Release the name.

Remember the old standby, NBC, the “public has the right to know” ?


31 posted on 04/06/2012 5:28:54 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Tawana Brawley, Anita Hill, King Rodney, OJ, Duke Lacrosse, Thugvon Martin. See a pattern?)
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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.

BINGO!

32 posted on 04/06/2012 5:29:01 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Sub-Driver

Brian Williams should be fired.


33 posted on 04/06/2012 5:29:20 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Sub-Driver

Without a name, how can we verify that someone was actually fired? If NBC can fabricate lies from the Zimmerman 911 call, they can easily lie about firing somone.


34 posted on 04/06/2012 5:29:52 PM PDT by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Joining Jesse Jackson’s staff on Monday... /sarcasm


35 posted on 04/06/2012 5:30:12 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: SpaceBar

“Without the dispatcher’s question, it gives the impression that Zimmerman was overly preoccupied with the perp’s race...”

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I understand the point, but given the racial predilection of crime across the board, it is highly intelligent and relevant to note the race of any suspicious person(s).


36 posted on 04/06/2012 5:30:26 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy
-- I consider this a milestone event. First with Rathergate, and continuing now with this episode, it is becoming more and more clear that the Left cannot fabricate unanswered, lying propaganda any longer. --

They can manufacture fiction faster than an army of fact checkers can rebut it. And the rebuttals don;t get the same publicity as the original fiction does.

Not saying fact checking and calling them out isn't worth the effort, just saying that the strategy has to be to pick and choose which of the lies to go after.

The bigger bang, and it has been going on, and it will continue to go on, is to damage their reputation, so that people don't trust what they say. Then there is no need to check them.

CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC probably drew straws to figure out which of them would go with the version that got NBC is trouble.

37 posted on 04/06/2012 5:31:01 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Sub-Driver
Did they fire this clown, or some convenient nobody? Nothing happens on that program without the exec. producer's OK. Miami staffers are not the responsible parties in national snafus.
38 posted on 04/06/2012 5:31:24 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: Sub-Driver

Not good enough.
Who is it?
Hope Zimmerman sues. This is Richard Jewel Part II.


39 posted on 04/06/2012 5:31:42 PM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: Sub-Driver
"The network is still refusing to release the name of the producer."

No one is being fired.

History teaches us that NBC lies.

Often.

40 posted on 04/06/2012 5:31:52 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama, because it's not always about me. Thank God McCain/Palin lost! - Right?)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Release also the names of all who oversee the work and all who work for the producer. We have a right to a retraction and apology and a right to know who the rat fu@#ers are.


41 posted on 04/06/2012 5:32:06 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver

If they refuse to name him, how do we know that they actually fired someone. The MSM lies. I don’t believe them for a second.


42 posted on 04/06/2012 5:32:23 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Sub-Driver

NBC needs to have it’s FCC License pulled.


43 posted on 04/06/2012 5:32:46 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama, because it's not always about me. Thank God McCain/Palin lost! - Right?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Fear of litigation for denial of Zimmerman's civil rights. Their lie about the fraud's not being deliberate is to try to avoid additional exposure for deliberate malice.
44 posted on 04/06/2012 5:33:08 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Cboldt

“They can manufacture fiction faster than an army of fact checkers can rebut it.”

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Then, we need a bigger army. Hopefully with the Internet, that is a trend for the future.


45 posted on 04/06/2012 5:33:17 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Sub-Driver

They are hanging off a ledge and they know it.


46 posted on 04/06/2012 5:35:30 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Sub-Driver
Looks as if Brian is off Scott-free.
47 posted on 04/06/2012 5:36:34 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Sub-Driver

Fake but accurate. Will he be bunking with Rather Dan?


48 posted on 04/06/2012 5:36:58 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I didn’t do it nobody saw me do it you can’t prove anything.


49 posted on 04/06/2012 5:37:33 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: EyeGuy
“I consider this a milestone event. First with Rathergate, and continuing now with this episode, it is becoming more and more clear that the Left cannot fabricate unanswered, lying propaganda any longer.”

I wish I could be as optimistic as you. They throw out these huge lies and distortions, make hay out of them for days/weeks/months and after they get busted, every ones attention gets focused on something else.

Then you see two sentences buried on page 12C saying, sorry for the error.

They make their point and get the public going the direction they want and never suffer any real sanction for their treachery.

That is what needs to change.

We need to flood the FCC with letters asking that local affiliates not have licenses renewed for trying to start a race war through pure lies. It probably will do no good, but would be a start.

50 posted on 04/06/2012 5:37:43 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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