Cover-up: NBC fires Miami-based producer who doctored Zimmerman tapes, refuses to release identity

Filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney of Brain Terminal tweets out the news of NBC’s decision. The initial twitter reaction was heavily skeptical given how biased the media has been thus far in the Zimmerman/Martin case.

Question: Why won’t NBC News tell us who was responsible for the misleading edit? Where’s the transparency?

We will continue to update the story with reaction as it develops.

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More from Newsbusters:

NBC News has fired the producer it says was responsible for creating the deceptive audio recording of George Zimmerman communicating with a 9-1-1 operator, according to the New York Times.

The network is still refusing to release the name of the producer, although according to Times reporter Brian Stelter, the producer is based in Miami and has worked there for a number of years. According to Stelter’s network sources, NBC is still insisting the deceptive edit was not done deliberately. The network has refused to say how exactly someone could accidentally have edited the tape to make Zimmerman appear to be racially motivated…

John Sexton at Big Journalism, which broke the story, has lingering questions about the Friday night news dump:

The NBC producer responsible for the misleading edit of the George Zimmerman’s 911 call has been fired. The producer was reportedly fired Thursday, but the firing did not hit the press until this Friday evening, just before a holiday weekend. NBC News had no comment on the firing.

…It is likely that, if not for conservative new media, the misleading edit, which inflamed racial tensions in the Martin case, and which was repeated by Stetler’s own New York Times, would have gone unnoticed and uncorrected. As it is, the producer responsible for the edit at Today has been fired, but the individual who made the same edit to the earlier MSNBC story (since corrected) has not been identified or disciplined. Nor has anyone at any other outlet or network — many of which made similar selective editing choices — been punished.
The questions are only just beginning on Editgate. The release of the news of the firing just before the holiday weekend smacks of a cover-up; more than that, we know that the edit itself was not restricted to the Today show. Brian Williams and the brass at NBC News must provide answers. They are responsible for editorial output, not an unnamed producer. And they must be held responsible for an irresponsible and dangerous edit apparently deliberately designed to twist the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman story along racial lines.

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Related Twitchy coverage:

Don Cheadle slams NBC for misleading edit of Zimmerman 911 tape

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