Brian Stelter, normally found at the NY Times Media Decoder Encoder blog, laces up the cotton candy gloves and delivers some puff-ball coverage of the impending coverage of the George Zimmerman case.
Here is some deep digging into past media missteps:
For one of the major networks, NBC, the tapes of Mr. Zimmerman’s calls to 911 were fodder for embarrassment. On two separate occasions, March 22 and 27, taped reports on the “Today” show took Mr. Zimmerman’s description of Mr. Martin’s race out of context, editing out the fact that the 911 dispatcher had asked him for the description.
One producer was fired after an NBC investigation. An NBC spokeswoman said a series of disciplinary actions had been taken against others, but she would not share specifics.
But hold on! He links to his own story which broke the news that NBC had fired a producer. But that was for one incident, on March 27. Now he is mentioning two incidents.
Has NBC investigated, explained and apologized for the second incident? Has Mr. Stelter even asked for their explanation?
And while he has them on the line, perhaps he could ask about NBC Miami, which used the derogatory Zimmerman 911 edit in three separate text stories at their website around March 19/20. He could even ask them why those stores were re-edited on April 9 to eliminate the bogus edit after media critics pointed them out. NBC had cited time considerations in their March 27 editing - in order to fit the Zimmerman clip into the three hour Good Morning America sprawl they were forced to make him sound like a racist. Was there also a pixel shortage down in NBC Miami?
After the Media Encoder finishes with that, he might want to revisit the lead to his current story:
Trial in Martin Case, Filled With High Emotion, Would Draw a News Swarm
By Brian Stelter
The Orlando Sentinel’s Twitter account for the Trayvon Martin case is up and running. So, too, is its topics page, with links to all the newspaper’s articles about Mr. Martin and the man who shot and killed him, George Zimmerman, as well as video clips of its reporters talking about the case on television. A Facebook page will go online on Monday. And a Web video series might be next.
...[The Sentinel] is competing with all manner of national media, which have seized on the story with a ferocity that has already drawn comparisons to the Casey Anthony trial and, years before it, that of O.J. Simpson.
By non-coincidence I had been at the Orlando Sentinel website this very morning. Their featured story has been overtaken by events (Zimmerman's lawyer wants a new judge) but this morning they led with the news that Big Media, including the NY Times, wants to unseal the proceedings. The OS has updated that factoid away, so let's cut to the McClatchy News Service:
MIAMI -- The Miami Herald and other media outlets are asking a judge to unseal court documents in the case of George Zimmerman, charged with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
The Miami Herald is joined in the motion by organizations including The Tampa Bay Times, the New York Times, NBC and CNN.
So the Times Encoder is reporting on a impending media swarm without mentioning that the NY Times is suing to enable that media swarm. Seriously? That is not part of the news that's fit to print?