Maybe NBC 6 is revamping itself as a sit-com because this is pretty funny (my emphasis):
“We take this incident very seriously and apologize to our viewers,” said WTVJ spokesman Matt Glassman. “After conducting an extensive investigation, we are putting a more stringent editorial process in place to ensure this does not happen again.”
Glassman stressed that the Today show and Miami edits took place in two separate incidents involving different people.
Geez, an epidemic of brain lock at NBC! That is deeply implausible (my guess is a Today producer grabbed some local footage without double-checking it) but why would they lie? Protecting Al Sharpton does seem to be a key to this; from the Miami Herald:
Hey, hey - it was a left-wing blogger that noted the March 22 mis-edit on the Today Show. I would say the NBC cover-up is unraveling. The NY Times still has nothing but WaPo media watchdog Eric Wemple did flag the Newsbusters story. Not exactly reporting, but better than nothing.
My credulity is straining here. Poynter got good play at MediaGazer, which has links to seven other outlets. Jim Treacher of the Daily Caller points out that Christina Hernandez, an NBC6 reporter, told a different tale on Twitter earlier in April. That has been deleted from Twitter now, but lives on at his blog and in an update here.
Let's have a "to be fair" moment - Ms. Hernandez (who, IIRC from her Twitter stream, was about due for a blessed event and a maternity leave) may not know what happened, and it may be that the other Florida affiliate mentioned above really did get the blame for the NY debacle. Hence her comment that "we get a lot of stuff from national news or other affiliates" may have reflected her honest understanding of the situation. Well, I am not paid to be their press flack.