During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.A message from NBC News • Apologizing for their editing of the 911 tape with George Zimmerman, which removed a 911 interviewer’s question, giving the listener the impression that Zimmerman offered up the race of Trayvon Martin without prompting, when, in fact, he was asked. The Washington Post’s Eric Wemple puts the apology in perspective: “No matter how you feel about Zimmerman, that bit of tape editing was unfair to the truth and to Zimmerman’s reputation, such as it is.”
We’re sorry, this is just low: Back in 1997, Newt Gingrich faced a tough punishment for ethics violations similar to those that caused his predecessor’s downfall. So, clearly, with Mitt needing some strong ammo to hold him off in Florida, this is probably the right line of attack. Problem is … well, what the hell does Tom Brokaw have to do with this? Mitt’s latest ad in Florida is just a long replay of a news clip from that era, with a little bit of dramatic music to really sell the whole thing. Brokaw is understandably pissed: ”I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad,” he said in a statement. “I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign.” We’re pissed for him —Romney just co-opted his trusted image to score some cheap points. Not cool. NBC has asked the Romney campaign to remove their news footage from the clip, and they better. source
Can you please have the post of Brian Williams’ email to Nick Denton taken down immediately? That was sent in confidence as friends and absolutely never intended to be public. A speedy removal would go a long way in maintaining the trust and respect we have for your site.NBC News’ media relations, to Gawker. It’s okay, Nick. We got you covered in case you want to take it down. Something tells us Richard Cotton is all over this.
Here’s the live stream of the NBC News New Hampshire debate. We’ll be liveblogging this today under the hashtag #NHDebate.
suzifgarcia says: “playing journalist” seems a little dismissive for someone with a master’s degree in international relations from Oxford who has spent most of her life in the international spotlight.
» SFB says: But on the other hand, she is only on a three-month trial with NBC News. It’s too soon to tell if she’ll stick with it. While we’re convinced she’ll do great things, plenty of people have tried to be journalists only to drop it after a short time.
Hemingway, for example. (EDIT: Point taken.) We weren’t meaning to be dismissive, only tentative. — Ernie @ SFB