NBC6 Miami rolls in the fog machine and delivers a cryptic "explanation" that provokes more questions than it answers:
NBC6 Zimmerman Edit Explanation
On March 19 NBC6 ran a story on the phone call George Zimmerman made in connection with the Trayvon Martin case. In that story an error in editorial judgment was made in which a question from the operator was deleted which could have created the impression that Mr. Zimmerman’s statement may have been singling out Trayvon Martin because of his race. We take this incident very seriously and apologize to our viewers. After conducting an extensive investigation, we are putting a more stringent editorial process in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
First, why now? The incident took place more than a month ago, the media "watchdogs" are ignoring this - what prompted this explanation now? My *guess* is that Matthew Sheffield of NewsBusters scored a hit with his story earlier today naming names and blaming NBC6 for the misleading edit that eventually ran at the Today Show and, with no media mention, on NBC News.
Was the story in question on-air, on the website, or both? Critics have been flagging three NBC6 Miami stories from the website that contained the problematic edit. Was there also bad video? Matt Sheffield says there was.
The website articles with the misleading edit were "corrected" without explanation on April 9, after online critics pointed them out on April 8. Did it take another two weeks of careful investigation for NBC6 to realize they had in fact made these mysterious corrections?
And how in the world does this relate to the use of the same misleading edit twice on the 'Today Show', on March 22 (discovered by Blue Team truthseeker Jeralyn Merritt) and March 27? An NBC producer was fired for that - are we meant to believe that NBC6 independently had the same brain-lock? Or, if the misleading edit aired first in Miami and then went national, was it a Miami producer that took the fall?
The current "explanation" explains nothing. We look forward to the unmysterious incident of the media watchdogs in the night.
NAMING NAMES: Matt Sheffield pegs Jeff Burnside as the NBC6 fall guy. Mr. Burnside had a byline on one of the three misleading NBC6 stories and was named in the InstaPundit post from April 8.