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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.
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.
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.
NBC needs to have it’s FCC License pulled.
“They can manufacture fiction faster than an army of fact checkers can rebut it.”
Then, we need a bigger army. Hopefully with the Internet, that is a trend for the future.
They are hanging off a ledge and they know it.
Fake but accurate. Will he be bunking with Rather Dan?
I didn’t do it nobody saw me do it you can’t prove anything.
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.
Here is supposed to be his picture:
Who knows how many things they were lying about twenty years ago?
Likely replacement for Jay Carney (once he plays out his string).
Too late. This Obama’s Willie Horton.
Justice for George Zimmerman!
Methinks the fired producer is black.
Why keep the name secret — unless they’re really covering up for something done in New York!
That’s now 2 down in having been caught lying about the Trayvon shooting:
MJ Rosenberg at Media Matters and this unknown NBC producer.
“Inside NBC, there was shock that the segment had been broadcast. Citing an anonymous network executive, Reuters reported that the Today shows editorial control policies which include a script editor, senior producer oversight and in most cases legal and standards department reviews of material to be broadcast missed the selective editing of the call.”
Why is there a quote from an “anonymous” network executive?
Did they run out of testicles at NBC? If they really wanted to get to the bottom of this at the very least this executive should ID him (or herself) to face the music about why the so-called legal and standards department missed the editing!
“The people with direct knowledge of the firing characterized the misleading edit as a mistake, not a purposeful act.”
It can be both, a mistake and a “purposeful act”.