David Carr of the NY Times pretends to grill NBC President Steve Capus about the ghastly mis-edit of the Zimmerman 911 call. The comic gold is this:
The clip was first broadcast on March 22, but no one noticed until it was rebroadcast on March 27. Later, when word of the misleading edit got out, everyone from Sean Hannity to Jon Stewart reacted with disbelief, with good reason.
Some went on to draw a line from NBC to MSNBC and its aggressive coverage of the incident and then on to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has tried — awkwardly and unsuccessfully — to tread the line between talk show host and advocate.
People I talked to in and around NBC say it was idiocy, not ideology, that led to the edit, and that seems like a reasonable explanation, so I’m not buying that part about it being one more example of the liberal plot to subvert America.
The NY Times doesn't see any liberal bias in the media? We look forward to their hard-hitting look at whether fish feel wet.
Mr. Carr provides lots of this and that about not much, and absolutely ZERO on the fact that NBC Miami, a wholly owned affiliate, ran three text stories on their website from March 19/20 with the misleading edit. Just as the Today Show cited time constraints, I have no doubt that NBC Miami would cite a pixel contraint, if anyone ever asked them about it.
Of course, asking them now is trickier - online critics flagged the stories on April 8, and by April 9 NBC Miami had re-edited them without explanation, investigation or apology.
I smell cover-up; the NY Times smells like those fish they are covering.
So now they can all pretend they did their due diligence and on move on. "NBC? We covered that." Sure they did.
The TODAY show broadcast truncated a portion of George Zimmerman’s conversation with a police dispatcher, and that truncated interview appeared on TODAY.com and msnbc.com. The video was removed from the site on March 30, as NBC News launched an internal investigation. On April 3, NBC News issued this statement: “During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.”
Well that's clear! Other than omitting the dates the error was broadcast, just for starters.