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NBC News President Insists Zimmerman Edit 'Not a Deliberate Act to Misrepresent'
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Posted on 04/08/2012 9:08:21 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

NBC News President Insists Zimmerman Edit 'Not a Deliberate Act to Misrepresent' By Matthew Sheffield Created 04/08/2012 - 2:12am

Following a series of anonymous leaks, NBC has released its first on-the-record statements regarding the internal investigation into its misleading audio clip of George Zimmerman's 9-1-1 call.

According to NBC, the controversial clip, which appeared during its "Today" morning news show, was edited deliberately by the producer to fit within time constraints and not for some other reason. Speaking to Reuters, NBC News president Steve Capus asserted that the individual, who has been fired but whose name has not been disclosed, had made "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call."

The misleading cut removed crucial seconds of Zimmerman's call during which the 9-1-1 operator inquired about the race of the man he was pursuing. In response to the question, Zimmerman stated that he believed the individual was of African extraction. The initial question was removed by NBC News while Zimmerman's answer was included.

To listen to the edited clip and the original, see video below from NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell who first broke the story on the March 29 edition of Fox News's "Hannity" program.

An excerpt from the Reuters story which gives more details into NBC's internal investigation and also credits NewsBusters and Breitbart.com as being instrumental in exposing the network's selective editing:

NBC News's decision to air an edited call from George Zimmerman to police in the moments before he shot Trayvon Martin was "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call," according the president of network's news division. [...]

Under growing public pressure to explain the incident, NBC News President Steve Capus provided Reuters with the fullest explanation to date of how the edited call made it on air and what the network is doing to prevent such a consequential error from happening again.

Capus confirmed a previous Reuters report that an internal network investigation had determined that a producer made the editing error, and that the network's editorial controls - including senior broadcast producer oversight, script editors and often legal and standards department reviews of sensitive material to be broadcast - simply missed the selective editing of the phone call.

He said the producer has been fired and "several people" involved were disciplined, though he declined to specify the nature of the disciplinary actions, saying they were internal personnel matters.

Sources at the network told Reuters on Thursday that NBC News executives did not know the emergency call was misleadingly edited until news reports surfaced days later on blogs including newsbusters.org and Breitbart.com. [...]

As part of the investigation, the producer who edited the call was questioned extensively about motivation, and it was determined that the person had cut the video clip down to meet a maximum time requirement for the length of the segment - a common pressure in morning television - and inadvertently edited the call in a way that proved misleading.

NBC News has apologized for the incident, saying in a statement to Reuters earlier this week that there was "an editing error in the production process," but insisting the results of the internal investigation would not be announced publicly.

Capus said that the network "takes its responsibility seriously" and has undertaken rigorous efforts to formalize the editorial safeguards in place at the network.

In a separate incident showing media "synergy" at its worst, NBC's online news arm, MSNBC.com, perpetuated the same false edit in text form which was first exposed by Breitbart.com blogger Dan Riehl. After Riehl pointed out the misinformation, MSNBC.com corrected its story but did not inform readers of the article that a correction had been made until NewsBusters pointed this out March 30.

The repurposing of the misleading clip to an online story suggests the problem is more widespread than what Capus and what NBC have let on, however. What hasn't been revealed to the public is when the truncated call transcript was inserted into the MSNBC.com story which was dated March 21.

The public has also not been informed about the process by which the false Zimmerman transcript was inserted. Clearly there were no time constraints at work in the construction of the web version. Why then was the edited transcript used?

Unfortunately for NBC, despite its best attempts to delay releasing any sort of news until Easter Sunday, the story about this fiasco is going to go on and won't dissipate, due in part to the network's strategy of releasing as little information as possible.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; deceit; denial; nbcnews; tinygoebbels; yellowjournalism
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1 posted on 04/08/2012 9:08:25 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

yeah, we believe ya


2 posted on 04/08/2012 9:11:29 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Sub-Driver
Just legal posturing, hoping to avoid monetary losses in the eventual suit for damages.
3 posted on 04/08/2012 9:12:11 AM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: Sub-Driver

Given NBC’s past record with this kind of crap I don’t believe them.


4 posted on 04/08/2012 9:14:27 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: Sub-Driver

Trayvon dies... NBC Lies. Nothing to see, move along...


5 posted on 04/08/2012 9:14:27 AM 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

BS.


6 posted on 04/08/2012 9:14:35 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The libs don't want to save da planit. If they did, they'd boycott BIG oil and petroleum products.)
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To: Doogle

... it depends on the meaning of the word “is” ...


7 posted on 04/08/2012 9:14:35 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Sub-Driver

The call was edited. Period. No amount of back tracking by NBC will alter that fact. They can twist it all they want but any lawyer who took Lawyer 101 can nail them.


8 posted on 04/08/2012 9:15:26 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse)
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To: Sub-Driver

“You lie”! seems an appropriate response.

Our media is utterly compromised by leftists.

It started big in the 60’s hippies who set to “work within the system”.

Now like termites, they’ve destroyed everything they touch.


9 posted on 04/08/2012 9:16:19 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ((Racism Fatigue) America is the least racist nation on Earth)
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To: Sub-Driver
After this raft of lies, Zimmerman's lawyers can now add NBC NEWS President Steve Capus personally to the suit for deliberately attempting to deprive Zimmerman of his civil rights.

I truly hope a lawsuit goes forward and all these scum bags get deposed under oath. It should be very revealing.

10 posted on 04/08/2012 9:16:54 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
You are so right, since they are responsible for getting Obama elected, single handedly. Even Hillary Clinton was shocked. And why? Because he was considered Black and they wanted to create history for that sake alone.
11 posted on 04/08/2012 9:18:59 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Doogle
"...NBC News president Steve Capus asserted that the individual, who has been fired ... had made "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call.""

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

12 posted on 04/08/2012 9:20:15 AM 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

I love it when the mask slips and we see who these people really are...


13 posted on 04/08/2012 9:21:05 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Sub-Driver
Capus seems to think that *our* IQs are as low as are the IQs of those who watch his “newscasts”.
14 posted on 04/08/2012 9:21:28 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

capus is a liar.


15 posted on 04/08/2012 9:22:24 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I’d love it a lot more, if we could wrest control of at least part our once-free media from these fanatic communists.

The power our media wields as a socialist propaganda organ, is dangerous.

Our side needs to take some of it back.


16 posted on 04/08/2012 9:23:02 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ((Racism Fatigue) America is the least racist nation on Earth)
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To: Sub-Driver

Just fired the unnamed producer for the hell of it.


17 posted on 04/08/2012 9:24:32 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Sub-Driver
NBC News president Steve Capus asserted that the individual, who has been fired but whose name has not been disclosed, had made "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call."

Mr. Capus, they say that a fish stinks from the head down. I submit that your organization is filled with liars, that lying to the American public to suit an agenda has become a corporate policy, and that you no longer be granted the right to utilize a public airway to do so. I hope that Mr. Zimmerman and his family sue your racist, warmongering, lying organization for every damned cent you have.

Now let me tell you how I really feel.

18 posted on 04/08/2012 9:24:37 AM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: Sub-Driver
Zimmerman stated that he believed the individual was of African extraction.

WFT is "African Extraction?" This is such B.S. These people all need to be so shunned and ridiculed absolutely for their PC crapbagging!

19 posted on 04/08/2012 9:26:07 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well Steve, if it was so damned “innocent” of a “mistake”, then why aren’t you releasing this poor misfortuned person’s name? Huh?

You treat this like a juvenile being caught mistakenly forgetting to pay for something in a store - not releasing his name or particulars, etc.

Yet, you admit this person is a Senior Producer, etc.

Which is it Steve? You’re just another lying duplicitous bastard of the lying media! Go frack yourself!


20 posted on 04/08/2012 9:26:12 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Sub-Driver
Of course, the easiest game is "what if the roles were reversed".

Suppose Fox News airs a story about President Obama's religion and a close personal friend of Obama's is being quoted. What if "Everyone thinks he is a Muslim, but I know for a fact. He is not, in any way, a Muslim" became "Everyone thinks he is a Muslim, But I know for a fact. He is not, in any way, a Muslim".

Now let's see the media uproar if Fox says it was unintentional editing for the sake of a time slot.

21 posted on 04/08/2012 9:26:56 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver

BS! This is just another LIE from NBC!


22 posted on 04/08/2012 9:28:01 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Sub-Driver

If it was not deliberate then no one should have been fired. Time constraints? They could have saved more time by not showing a picture of 12 year old Trayvon. The president of nbc should be fired for lying.


23 posted on 04/08/2012 9:28:34 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: Sub-Driver

The mainstream press simply does NOT know how to write this story without applying their template of lies and deceit. Now that the facts are coming to light and the lies and deceit are being exposed, they are running to the shadows like the roaches they are. It won’t work because no amount of apologies will cover up the fact that NBC, ABC, CNN, etc. have lied and twisted the facts intentionally. George Zimmerman (and his lawyers) will be a wealthy men (if Zimmerman’s not murdered by one of Holder’s “people”).


24 posted on 04/08/2012 9:28:57 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Sub-Driver
That so called un intentional mistake has resulted in a Florida guy getting His head hammered in, murder in Tulsa and has fanned the flames of hate, breathing life into Sharpton, Jackson, and Farakan.

I think they are clicking wine glasses over there and planning on a hot summer and fall. No mistake.

25 posted on 04/08/2012 9:29:24 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Sub-Driver

See ya in court, chumps...


26 posted on 04/08/2012 9:29:31 AM PDT by THX 1138 ("Harry, I have a gift.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Liberals pushing a Marxist agenda to race bait via an edited taps, which got the blacks in a tizzy.

Zimmerman, who will not be convicted, should sue for a cool billion dollars.

Tell Immelt to pay his fair share.


27 posted on 04/08/2012 9:29:44 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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To: builder

Bump!


28 posted on 04/08/2012 9:31:27 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Gaffer
Well Steve, if it was so damned “innocent” of a “mistake”, then why aren’t you releasing this poor misfortuned person’s name? Huh?

And if was just an innocent mistake, why ruin his career by firing him?

Do they not have disciplinary actions for innocent mistakes, other than ending someones career by firing them? Did he have previous disciplinary actions?

If not, why fire him it it was such an innocent mistake?

29 posted on 04/08/2012 9:33:25 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sub-Driver
NBC didn't hesitate to plaster Zimmerman's name all over their articles.

Why not the name of the individual who did the editing?

Perhaps it was done because of raciest hate?

30 posted on 04/08/2012 9:33:58 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: Sub-Driver

” has undertaken rigorous efforts to formalize the editorial safeguards in place at the network.”

Shouldn’t a credible news organization have editorial safeguards formalized from the get-go?


31 posted on 04/08/2012 9:38:37 AM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Sub-Driver

“time constraints” = we only had time enough to lie.


32 posted on 04/08/2012 9:39:43 AM PDT by Malesherbes (- Sauve qui peut)
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To: Sub-Driver

How does he know? Was he there? Oh, he trusts all his little lefty employees to never lie?


33 posted on 04/08/2012 9:40:05 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Sub-Driver
According to NBC, the controversial clip, which appeared during its "Today" morning news show, was edited deliberately by the producer to fit within time constraints and not for some other reason.

Then why fire such an innocent person and destroy their career?

34 posted on 04/08/2012 9:42:49 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sub-Driver
and the check is in the mail, and i won't...
35 posted on 04/08/2012 9:43:48 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: reefdiver

NBC has a larger problem...they unleashed Sharpton, allowing him to cover his own hate, on his own show.

This breaks new ground. Never before in broadcasting history has a network allowed a commentator to use his program as a propaganda site...to cover himself, making propaganda.

Will NBC let this stand?


36 posted on 04/08/2012 9:44:43 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: Okieshooter
"Formed in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), NBC was the first major broadcast network in the United States."

(source)

Shouldn’t a credible news organization have editorial safeguards formalized from the get-go?

Gee, ya think?

/s

37 posted on 04/08/2012 9:44:47 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ((Racism Fatigue) America is the least racist nation on Earth)
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To: dragnet2

“If not, why fire him it it was such an innocent mistake? “

Here’s hoping that they didn’t pay off this person sufficiently, or somehow they get dragged into the coming lawsuit so we can get them on the witness stand and get at the truth of the matter.


38 posted on 04/08/2012 9:46:27 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh, I see. They were fired for ignorant editing? Makes sense to me// rolling eyes.


39 posted on 04/08/2012 9:54:02 AM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Sub-Driver

From an insider: “The original version they were planning was the following but they couldn’t find all the words on the tape to splice together, so they went for a simpler, more subtle version. They were planning to hire a lefty special effects studio to computer generate the missing words but time was running short. They didn’t want another network or Huffington or Politico to beat them to it.”

Zim: “It’s another one of those damn black guys looking around to buy drugs, break into a home, or rape a white woman or white Hispanic woman or a Hispanic white woman or a Hispanic woman in that order. I’m going to shoot his ass the first chance I get.”

The dispatcher says, “You don’t need to to that.”

Zim: “F that! That black Negro is dead when I see him!”


40 posted on 04/08/2012 9:54:55 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Of course it wasn’t deliberate. It was just a kinda axedent when that tape got cut perfectly to illicit the proper response from the listening audience. It was...

merely another Fluke.


41 posted on 04/08/2012 9:55:57 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Misleading the public to a racist conclusion was the ONLY motivation behind the editing.
The NBC News President is lying.


42 posted on 04/08/2012 9:58:31 AM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They are hoping that Zimmerman doesn’t sue them.


43 posted on 04/08/2012 9:59:49 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Would NBC accept this level of response from, say, Beitbart for such an editing issue?


44 posted on 04/08/2012 10:00:23 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Netizen

“They are hoping that Zimmerman doesn’t sue them.”

And if he does they should hope I am not on the jury, because he would end up owning them.


45 posted on 04/08/2012 10:02:52 AM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: dragnet2
“Then why fire such an innocent person and destroy their career?”

What makes you think they did? Pretty hard to check if they fired an ‘unnamed’ person.

46 posted on 04/08/2012 10:03:08 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sue their “f”ing pants off... NBC to become ZNN, Zimmerman News Network... what a laugh that would be, we can only pray...


47 posted on 04/08/2012 10:05:30 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

“NBC News President Insists Zimmerman Edit ‘Not a Deliberate Act to Misrepresent’”

TRANSLATION:
“The Corporate Attorneys told me we could be facing tens of millions of dollars in potential liability, especially if one of MSNBC’s whackjob, barely sane, hate-filled viewers does something stupid based on this.”


48 posted on 04/08/2012 10:09:29 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Sub-Driver

He seems to feel entitled to a presumtion of innocence no one in his organization appears to have ever offered to Zimmereman.


49 posted on 04/08/2012 10:12:42 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Capus said that the network “takes its responsibility seriously” and has undertaken rigorous efforts to formalize the editorial safeguards in place at the network. “

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Is he trying to claim that in the last 85 years, the first news network in America has no formal editorial safeguards?

With all due respect: What a monumental steaming pile of CR@P.

I’d venture to surmise NBC has a literal library of detailed editorial safeguards, policies within policies. And has had those in place for at least a score of years.

What total hooie!


50 posted on 04/08/2012 10:18:59 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ((Racism Fatigue) America is the least racist nation on Earth)
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