(NYPost) Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is suing NBC over the network’s botched editing of his 911 tape, Page Six can exclusively reveal.
We hear Zimmerman’s attorneys are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, who was the reporter on the scene for the broadcast on “Today” on March 27. He also remained the reporter for the story on “NBC Nightly News.”
A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.”
NBC launched an internal probe after producers misleadingly edited the 911 call placed by Zimmerman just before he shot the unarmed Florida teenager. The edit made it appear that Zimmerman had immediately told police that Martin was black, when the full tape reveals the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question posed by a dispatcher. Combined sections from two different parts of the tape gave the false impression that Zimmerman had said: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male.”
NBC News brass reportedly interviewed more than half a dozen staffers during its internal investigation, and at least three employees were let go. They determined that a “seasoned” producer was to blame for the clip and news executives did not know the 911 call had been misleadingly edited until reports about it surfaced days later.
An unidentified NBC executive previously told Reuters the “Today” show’s editorial control policies missed the selective editing of the call. It is not known if any other “Today” execs or anchors will be named in the suit.
NBC declined to comment last night. Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara said he was unable to get us a comment before deadline.
But we all knew MSNBC was biased. Everyone knew MSNBC was biased. The Corporate News unspeakable code is one of bias as long as you don’t point it out… because pointing it out was what MSNBC and CNN held against FOX NEWS… but now it appears that FOX NEWS was the better transparent system. This is also what happened to Rick Sanchez. CNN had no problems with AntiSemites… they just don’t want a blow hard like Rick Sanchez pointing the bias out. The same thing happened to Olbermann… but Olbermann will survive because when the Corporate frame committee came they didn’t stick him with any untouchable Mel Gibson like theatrics.
Keith is furious about the way this has all been handled and insisted that MSNBC bosses apologize to him before he would agree to return,” a network insider tells me. “Keith sees himself as the star of MSNBC, the person who put them on the map and discovered fellow network anchors Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. To be treated like this by the network he helped shape, he considers disgusting.
Keith also demands to be allowed to contribute to political campaigns like FOX News anchors can.
First, he donated money to candidates he liked. He didn’t take money, or favors, in a way that influenced his reporting. Second, he’s not a reporter. It’s an opinion show. If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power to him.
Third, GE, the corporate parent of MSNBC, gives money to political organizations. GE executives and, I’m sure, NBC executives give money. Why can’t Olbermann?
Perhaps Olbermann violated NBC News “policy and standards.” But NBC doesn’t have real news standards for MSNBC—otherwise the channel wouldn’t exist. It’s a little strange to get all high and mighty now. But there’s now a Republican House, and perhaps GE is trying to curry favor by dumping Olbermann? Republicans of the world, show you believe in the free expression of opinion! Tell the crony corporatists at NBC—keep Keith!
also the legal blog Volks says that it is hard to see where Olbermann was not transparent
image courtesy of Roger at Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
Alhamdillullah [Praise allah]: David Letterman and NBC Say “There is No Palestine” : Debbie SchlusselApril 6, 2010
David Letterman and NBC have stated in signed federal court documents–signed by their attorneys–that there is no “Palestine.” That’s the argument that Letterman and NBC are making, and it’s a valid one, which has been upheld in virtually every federal court, whether at the trial level or on appeal.
…read the rest via debbieschlussel.com
What do you think folks at MSNBC are thinking right now?