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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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To: Sub-Driver

Here is supposed to be his picture:

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/04/06/who-is-responsible-for-nbcs-zimmerman-edit-we-have-a-name/2/


51 posted on 04/06/2012 5:38:59 PM PDT by Mechanicos (Why does the DOE have a SWAT Team?)
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To: jimfree
Twenty years ago they would have gotten clean away with this.

Who knows how many things they were lying about twenty years ago?

52 posted on 04/06/2012 5:39:46 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

Likely replacement for Jay Carney (once he plays out his string).


53 posted on 04/06/2012 5:39:59 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Sub-Driver

Too late. This Obama’s Willie Horton.


54 posted on 04/06/2012 5:40:23 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Sub-Driver

Justice for George Zimmerman!


55 posted on 04/06/2012 5:40:52 PM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a filibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: SunTzuWu

Methinks the fired producer is black.


56 posted on 04/06/2012 5:41:02 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Sub-Driver

Why keep the name secret — unless they’re really covering up for something done in New York!


57 posted on 04/06/2012 5:41:16 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s now 2 down in having been caught lying about the Trayvon shooting:

MJ Rosenberg at Media Matters and this unknown NBC producer.


58 posted on 04/06/2012 5:41:22 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: Former Proud Canadian

“Inside NBC, there was shock that the segment had been broadcast. Citing an anonymous network executive, Reuters reported that “the ‘Today’ show’s 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!


59 posted on 04/06/2012 5:41:54 PM PDT by princeofdarkness (The Obama Administration is circling the wagons. But the Truth Indians are using flaming arrows.)
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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.”

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


60 posted on 04/06/2012 5:42:13 PM PDT by tobyhill (Fight Fire With Fire)
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To: Sub-Driver

NBC was trying to create the news with their edit of the tape. Any excuse otherwise, especially that the edit was inadvertent, is BS.


61 posted on 04/06/2012 5:42:35 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The Democrat Ku Klux Klan is alive and well as the New Black Panthers, CBC and the NAACP)
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To: All

Contact information on this page:

http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/

Let them hear from you early and often. Several tabs that can be clicked, use more than one.


62 posted on 04/06/2012 5:42:46 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: WashingtonSource

Methinks the producer is black.


63 posted on 04/06/2012 5:43:19 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Sub-Driver

The person needs to be jailed immediately.


64 posted on 04/06/2012 5:43:48 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Sub-Driver
What is the race of the fired producer?

65 posted on 04/06/2012 5:44:21 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: NoLibZone

The Unknown NBC Producer who happens to be black?


66 posted on 04/06/2012 5:45:08 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Sub-Driver

So they found a scapegoat. Huzzah huzzah. This producer is nothing but a tiny cog in an utterly corrupt machine.


67 posted on 04/06/2012 5:45:19 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Sub-Driver

We’re supposed to take their word for it? Sure, they’ve never lied to us in the past. Have they?


68 posted on 04/06/2012 5:45:19 PM PDT by stop_fascism (If a guy lies about his first name, what won't he lie about?)
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To: Free in Texas

They’re not looking forward to the concept of addressing George Zimmerman as “Boss”.


69 posted on 04/06/2012 5:46:55 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The network has refused to say how exactly someone could accidentally have edited the tape to make Zimmerman appear to be racially motivated

It can't be done. Editing is a conscious process. If it were accidental, the edit point would have been randomly placed.

70 posted on 04/06/2012 5:48:41 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. (PursuingLiberty.com))
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To: EDINVA

The producer is not a scapegoat. He’s guilty. Grab some popcorn...


71 posted on 04/06/2012 5:48:48 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Sub-Driver

This producer is just a fall guy. NBC has a history of propagandizing. This is not nearly enough. People could still be killed, and lives have been ruined because of their actions. One producer did not do this, there is a bigger fish that should have been aware of what was going on.


72 posted on 04/06/2012 5:48:53 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Sub-Driver
what liberal kids are 'learning'
73 posted on 04/06/2012 5:49:08 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Sub-Driver

A mistake would be clipping the beginning or ending of the audio. Carefully editing out the 911 dispatcher’s question about what color the perp was was a deliberate act. NBC is still lying.


74 posted on 04/06/2012 5:49:54 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: I see my hands
What is the race of the fired producer?

Wouldn't surprise me if he looked like Obama's son. A non-black producer would probably have been embarrassed in public.

75 posted on 04/06/2012 5:50:17 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Sub-Driver

A defamation action by Zimmerman (BTW, wasn’t that the original name of Bob Dylan?) would name as defendants both the corporate entity NBC, and the individual producer directly behind that segment (and maybe some additional individual John Does.) What NBC is doing by firing the guy is attempting - with regard to itself only - to negate the “actual malice” element required to prove libel against a public figure. Thus, in the likely event of a suit, NBC will argue: “We accepted in good faith this segment as an accurate representation of the 911 call, but were deceived by this rogue producer (who previously had a good track record).”

In this way, NBC may rely on a narrative of a rogue producer who did commit defamation, in an effort to exculpate itself, NBC, of the charge of defamation. And no doubt, that’s why the producer & NBC will be represented separate counsel.


76 posted on 04/06/2012 5:51:03 PM PDT by BCrago66
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Al Sharpton is going to come to the defense of this producer, methinks...


77 posted on 04/06/2012 5:51:35 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Zhang Fei

He’s a little old to be Obama’s son.


78 posted on 04/06/2012 5:52:14 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Cboldt

I have been involved in quite a few fire/ems incidents where the only thing I recognized was the address. The media is worthless at best.


79 posted on 04/06/2012 5:53:11 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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To: Sub-Driver

We need to find out who it is and spread the name.....Enough!


80 posted on 04/06/2012 5:54:28 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: Izzy Dunne
Williams complicity disgusts me, but I doubt he has much say about anything there. Higher ups (is it Comcast now ?) are surely calling the shots after taking direction from the White House. You know damn well that was happening when GE owned NBC.

Williams is not stupid. I don't know how he sleeps at night. A mega mil$ contract makes the medicine go down, I suppose.

81 posted on 04/06/2012 5:54:33 PM PDT by chiller (Elect another batch of TPartiers and it won't matter which R we elect. WE will lead.)
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According to PJ Media, this is the guy...


82 posted on 04/06/2012 5:54:54 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Sub-Driver

Dan Rather and Mary Mapes are deeply saddened.


83 posted on 04/06/2012 5:55:08 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: NoLibZone
NBC needs to have it’s FCC License pulled.

Fat chance. Jim Clyburn's daughter is an FCC commissioner @ $160k per year.

84 posted on 04/06/2012 5:55:08 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Clay Moore
Most of the problem you are stating comes from the preponderance of the shallow, disinterested, ignorant media consumer.

If they are going to accept the wall of noise put out by a LeftMedia that has been continually proven to be heavily biased and capable of outright lying, then there is not much we can do, short of developing our own media outlets and our own barrage of truth.

Every “news” source will be a “channel” on the Internet eventually. In my opinion, that, at long last, greatly levels the playing field.

But yes, we aren't there yet.

85 posted on 04/06/2012 5:56:36 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Sub-Driver

I expect the fired producer to get a tenured faculty position at the Columbia University School of Journalism.


86 posted on 04/06/2012 5:57:56 PM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Not the editor...a producer.


87 posted on 04/06/2012 5:57:56 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Free in Texas

88 posted on 04/06/2012 5:58:21 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: hinckley buzzard; Free in Texas

I should have read the other comments first. Both of you basically made the same point that I made a few comments ago, earlier than me.


89 posted on 04/06/2012 5:58:46 PM PDT by BCrago66
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Grab some popcorn. Will Al Sharpton boycott his own employer for firing that producer? Will he call his bosses at NBC racist? This is really going to get good.


90 posted on 04/06/2012 5:58:51 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: EyeGuy
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.

That was exactly what I was thinking as well. Before the Internet and before Talk Radio, most of us removed from an incident had now way of either knowing the truth. And those closely involved, such as the GIs 12,000 miles away who kicked the crap out of the Commies during Tet, had no way of knowing the lies Cronkite (may he burn in Hell) was telling.

Things are far different today. Citizens can be both reporters and editors, and the old guard media does not like that.

We no longer need to rely on them, and the more we see, the less we trust them.

91 posted on 04/06/2012 5:59:24 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Sub-Driver

He will be working for another branch of the re-election committee in two weeks.

Pray for America


92 posted on 04/06/2012 5:59:27 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Sub-Driver

Firing him is a start. Now Zimmerman sues NBC for $1,000,000+.


93 posted on 04/06/2012 5:59:33 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about naming and blaming the culture at NBC that encouraged and fostered this fraud? And the culture of “journalism” departments at universities all over this country that promote advocacy of leftist agendas through propaganda over the representation of truth?

If I gave them an “internal probe”, they’d KNOW they’d been probed, by Jimminy!


94 posted on 04/06/2012 6:04:54 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Sub-Driver

On Friday . . . of course.


95 posted on 04/06/2012 6:05:58 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: stevio

One million? I think his lawyers should be demanding tens of billions in punitive damages to make sure every news outlet and poverty pimp in the world that got involved gets the point. they are all still printing cute little Trayvon photos and damning Zimmerman, the victim.


96 posted on 04/06/2012 6:06:22 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " -Jesus)
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To: elkfersupper

” NBC should fire itself. “

Pithy. I like it.


97 posted on 04/06/2012 6:06:45 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: SpaceBar

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”.


98 posted on 04/06/2012 6:08:51 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Sub-Driver
Remember Jayson Blair of NY Times fame? Print media moves fast to expose plagiarism (at least it did in 2003). But broadcast media has much lower standards, it seems (I am grouping plagiarism and fabrication in the same ethical basket of journalistic misbehavior).
99 posted on 04/06/2012 6:09:40 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: ptsal

You may be onto something..especially if the producer is one of “Holder’s peeps”


100 posted on 04/06/2012 6:10:14 PM PDT by ken5050
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