Commentary

Bozell: Misleading Zimmerman Edits Prompt 3rd NBC Firing – But, Still No On-Air Apology

By Craig Bannister | May 3, 2012 | 2:32pm EDT

A third NBC employee has now been fired for yet another misleading edit of George Zimmerman’s 9-1-1 call - prompting Media Research Center Pres. Brent Bozell to call on NBC to “tell your audience the truth once and for all.”

Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center, consistently insisted NBC and its parent company Comcast have lost all credibility by these deliberate distortions and their continued refusal to apologize to the very audience they deceived. The latest firing confirms this.  

Bozell stated today:

“Another head has rolled behind NBC’s iron curtain as the troubled, so-called ‘news’ network continues to drop the guillotine on those responsible for the deliberately misleading edits to Zimmerman’s 9-1-1 call.

“NBC has now fired three people from two different offices over at least two different edits of George Zimmerman’s now infamous 9-1-1 call prior to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Both edits were clearly designed to portray Zimmerman as a racist while raising tensions in an already volatile situation.  This latest firing from NBC once again goes unexplained.  NBC’s actions vindicate the Media Research Center’s original point that NBC's two-sentence (non)apology was an insult, and that this is a network out of control.

“The truth has been withheld from NBC’s own viewers now for more than one month.  Do the network executives at NBC think that this is acceptable? What about the board and shareholders of Comcast?  Is it acceptable for a news organization to consciously and constantly lie to its viewers?

“Despite Steve Capus, NBC News president, admitting they "probably" should have apologized on-air, NBC still has yet to do so. Even the local NBC affiliate that doctored the clip has fired the offender and apologized and retracted on-air.

Many questions are left unanswered and NBC will be held accountable for its actions.  Own up to your dishonesty, NBC; tell your audience the truth for once and for all.”

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