Friday, April 6, 2012

The Al Sharpton Network responds to race-baiting scandal

From Reuters, with my commentary:

NBC probe centers on staffer in shooting story error

(Reuters) - An internal NBC News probe has determined a "seasoned" producer was to blame for a misleading clip of a 911 call that the network broadcast during its coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to two sources at the network.
As you'll recall, NBC spliced out the 911 operator's question to Zimmerman to make it look like Zimmerman volunteered that Martin 'looks like he's black'. In fact, Zimmerman was responding to the operator's question about the race of the man Zimmerman had called about.

The editing radically changed the meaning of Zimmerman's statements to the 911 operator.  The editing created a racial motivation out of whole cloth.
NBC News brass interviewed more than half a dozen staffers during its investigation of the misleadingly edited 911 call placed by George Zimmerman just before he shot the unarmed Florida teenager, said the sources, one of whom is an executive at the network. 
The clip aired on the network's flagship "Today" morning show last week.
The edit made it appear that Zimmerman immediately told police that Martin was black, when, in fact, the full tape reveals that the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question posed by a dispatcher.
NBC altered the tape to incite racial hatred. Perhaps it was to make the story more dramatic (there's a ratings war with ABC). Perhaps it was done for ideological reasons-- NBC is a network of Olbermanns and Schultz's and Sharptons and Maddows. NBC doesn't have a left wing-- it's all wing.

There is no other explanation for deleting the 911 operator's question except race-baiting.
There was no clear indication on Thursday of what, if any, disciplinary actions would be taken against the producer or other staff involved in the incident.
Perhaps a lamb will be laid on the altar, depending on how much heat is brought to bear. NBC will have trouble finding one on its staff without blemish.
The sources at the network, who declined to identify the producer, said NBC News executives did not know the 911 call was misleadingly edited until news reports surfaced days later on right-leaning blogs including and
Right. Its not the job of obscenely-paid NBC managers and fact-checkers to manage and check facts.

That's the responsibility of unpaid part-time bloggers.

The sources described the producer's actions as a very bad mistake, but not deliberate.
Bullshit. It's transparently deliberate. It was a precise surgical alteration of the recording in order to paint Zimmerman in as racist a light as possible. It was a transparent fraud intended to stir race hatred.
NBC News declined to comment on Thursday. The network said on Tuesday it would not release names of the employees involved. It has apologized for the incident.
Why don't they just tweet the NBC employee's home address?
One of the sources said that NBC News President Steve Capus would not lose his job over the incident.
Of course. It's Capus' job to redact the news to fit NBC's ideological bias. Why fire him for overseeing an effort to do just that?
The Today show's editorial control policies - which include a script editor, senior producer oversight, and in most cases legal and standards department reviews of material to be broadcast - missed the selective editing of the call, said the NBC executive.
Right. An extremely racially inflammatory editing of a tape that could directly lead to violence didn't cause the NBC "editorial control" Klavern a moment's distraction. Maybe the eye-holes in their hoods were too small and blocked their sight.
Executives have vowed to take rigorous steps to formalize editorial safeguards in the news division following the incident, one of the sources said.
'Allright, boys. Next time, get rid of the original tape before you broadcast the fictionalized version!'
NBC News staffers who have been working on the Trayvon Martin story for several weeks in Florida were at first "in shock" over the incident, and later furious, another source, who is an NBC producer, told Reuters.
It's nothing compared to the fury and hate their fraud inspired-- and to the violence it could have inspired.
Public pressure has been building on the network to fully explain the incident - which critics charge has inflamed racial tensions in an already volatile situation.
The incident is already explained. It was intentional, in an organizational culture of corruption, to boost ratings and income and to advance ideology by inflaming hate.

It is a highly successful strategy that race-baiters-- the KKK, Al Sharpton, David Duke, Jesse Jackson-- have used for a century. It is now employed by leading journalists.
On Thursday, a New York Post editorial characterized the edited 911 call as "pretty damning evidence of willful misconduct by NBC News" and suggested that racial violence could ensue over irresponsible news coverage.
Willful? Misconduct? Damning evidence? Yep. Yep. Yep.
Television news veterans in New York said they were baffled over how the error came to be broadcast given the intense vetting such a sensitive story would normally get at a major network such as NBC.
How perplexing. How is it that a network that would employ Al Sharpton would broadcast a racially inflammatory hoax?
Executives from parent company Comcast Corp, including Chief Executive Brian Roberts and Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke, who doubles as the CEO of NBC Universal, are not involved in the investigation, two sources inside the network said.
They were counting the money from their increased ad revenues and can't be reached for comment.
NBC's Today - which has dominated the U.S. morning landscape for more than a decade - is currently in a ratings war with ABC's Good Morning America, which has been picking up viewers.
NBC has decided to use the Al Sharpton stratagem in its ratings war with ABC. Fomenting racial hatred is a tried-and-true tactic on the left.

NBC is merely adopting a well-tested and highly successful strategy: inflame race-hate, get an audience and success.

It sure has worked well for MSNBC host Al Sharpton. Now the entire network is trying it. 

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