“Widespread system failure here — and a deplorable absence of truth”

Deacon Greg, a newsman prior to wearing the collar, is more than a tad upset, and rightly so, about NBC’s video editing scandal:

Logo-nbcnewsNow, in my experience, there are a few logical explanations:

  1. The audio quality may have been poor, so they cut parts that were hard to understand.
  2. They needed to trim out the middle material for time.
  3. An associate producer with an Ivy League education and no common sense decided that the only important part was the “black” part, so he or she elected to cut all that other extraneous stuff that doesn’t sound sexy.
  4. An associate producer who is clearly an idiot decided to skew the story for sensational effect and boffo headlines.
  5. The producer overseeing the segment abdicated his or her responsibility and didn’t adequately check the context.
  6. The producer overseeing the segment actually did due diligence and decided to skew the story for sensational effect.

Whatever happened, there was widespread system failure here — and a deplorable absence of truth.  And people wonder why nobody trusts the media.  Seriously?  It’s crap like this.

Heads should roll.

The mainstream media is increasingly diminishing itself into irrelevance and giving more and more of us fewer and fewer reasons to pay attention.  As one who toiled long and hard in the vineyards of broadcast news, I find this stuff infuriating, and more than a little depressing.  The nation needs a strong, vigilant, independent and courageous press.

What we’re getting, instead, is lazy reporting, cynical manipulation and lies.

In other words: bullshit.

If you’re not sure what he’s talking about here, please do read the whole thing.  Bullshit is being kind.

The Anchoress has her own opinion: 

It’s worth mentioning that without the existence of the internet and the many blogs and sites interested in (or in some cased dedicated-to) media scrutiny, we might never have even realized that someone within a mainstream media outlet had played such a devious and potentially destructive hand, with what appears to be a malicious intent.

A friend emailed:

[NBC’s edit is] not only an injustice to Zimmerman to splice that video that way, it was cruel in my mind to do that to African Americans and the parents of that boy – throwing fuel onto a fire, needlessly, through a fabricated distortion of the truth.

Now, if you haven’t seen it, watch the full interview between Piers Morgan and Toure of MSNBC and their heated debate. Ask yourself which audio version of that 911 recording Toure was basing his argument on. Most sources only shared the last 5 minutes of the interview, but I recommend listening to the whole thing to get it all in context.

Yes, do watch the whole thing. It’s interesting to hear Toure note that folks “in the hallways of NBC” were laughing at Piers Morgan and “not challenging,” the Zimmerman narrative.

Perhaps NBC felt the best way to do challenge the Zimmerman narrative was to change it materially, at its factual source.

The Trayvon Martin case is a tragedy, and it has revealed that a nation capable of electing an African-American president has become less-convincingly “post-racial” than many had supposed. Shame on anyone — mainstream media, politician or alt-media crank — who sees the racial tension that has grown from the story (what with the NY Times’ sudden-and-insistent classification of Zimmerman as “a white-Hispanic”, Geraldo’s remarks about hoodies and now NBC’s edit) and makes the dubious, nay evil decision to introduce it to a flammable gas, either through rhetorical hyperbole or outright deceit.

There is evil taking place here… much of it willful, lots of it out of simple ignorance and gullibility.

Something needs to change.  Truth needs to get out and quickly or this is going to get uglier than it already is.

And it’s seriously ugly now.

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  • jim_m

    As I have said this is not about the story of what happened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.  It is about the media’s narrative of white oppression of minorities. 

    In order to facilitate that narrative it was necessary to turn Zimmerman into a “White-Hispanic” rather than just a Hispanic (never mind that by the same rationale we would be calling virtually every black in America a “White-Black”).  It was necessary to describe Martin as the skinny kid he was 4 years ago and Zimmerman as the overweight man he was 4 years ago. And it has been necessary to deny eyewitness accounts, manipulate audio recordings and otherwise ignore and dispute official police reports.

    All of these things have been done to maintain a narrative that “Blacks are under attack” by whites.  And all this while ignoring that this is by far the exception and not the rule.  It’s not about news it’s about a political agenda.

    • jim_m

      From Larry Elder’s recent column:

      In one recent Chicago weekend, 49 people were shot, 10 fatally,
      including a 6-year-old black girl. Did President Obama issue a
      statement? Black-on-black crime, like black-on-white crime, does not fit
      the liberal media’s narrative of the continuing problem of white

      How selective is the outrage about interracial crime — when the bad guy is black?

      Ken Tillery, in 2002, walked down a Jasper, Texas, road. Three
      men offered him a ride. But the men kidnapped Tillery, driving him to a
      remote location. John Perazzo of FrontPageMagazine.com describes what
      happened: “When the terrified Tillery jumped out of the vehicle and
      tried to flee, the kidnappers caught up with him, beat him and finally
      ran over him — dragging him to his death beneath their car’s

      Same town, a few years after the James Byrd murder, a
      black-white murder in the same fashion — by dragging a man to his death
      — but no story! Why? Well, Tillery was white, and the three suspects
      were all black. The irony alone would, one would think, guarantee lots
      of coverage. But how much coverage did the case get? An online search of
      557 newspapers found that 22 covered the story.

      http://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2012/03/29/creators_oped/page/full/ Cue some leftist calling Elder an Uncle Tom in 3…2…1…

    • Hank_M

       “It is about the media’s narrative of white oppression of minorities. ”

      If they ever got out of their “ivory towers” and spent some time with main street america, they’d find that most, if not all, of their prejudices about the country are just plain wrong. But then of course, they prefer not to mingle with the bitter clingers, bible thumpers, nascar crowd, etc.

      Damn shame really. I was hoping that once the USA elected it’s first white-african american president, these media shut-ins might actually acknowledge that the country has come a long way with respect to race-relations. Instead, they poison everything and then try to blame everyone else.

  • Call it by it’s name: Dowdification.

  • 914

    Just like the Obama ministry of disinformation, NBC see’s the world through race colored glasses.

    No offense John Conlee

  • Alinsky is smiling.

  • GarandFan

     “…there was widespread system failure here….”BULLSHIT!There was no ‘system failure’.  The MSM has been doing this for years.  Only now they’re getting caught more often.

    • Gmacr1

      Beat me to it…

    •  The popularity and ease of spreading truth through Twitter and Facebook means an advantage for the good guys too now.

  • jim_m

    NBC is “investigating” what happened with their selectively edited audio that made Zimmerman look guilty.

    ABC has pulled their low res video that they claimed showed that Zimmerman had no injuries now that a high res video showing injuries has been released.  ABC implied that the police report that Zimmerman had been injured was inaccurate.

    And the NYT is now saying that Zimmerman weighs only 170# and that Martin was 6’1″ and 150#.  So much for the little kid meme.

    It’s almost as if the media were trying to railroad the guy.  Next we will find the media referring to Zimmerman as Hispanic.

    • One suspects that Martin will get taller and heavier once the autopsy is released, and possibly between now and then.

    • UOG

      And all throughout this period so far what have we heard from our President and his team? Well, we heard Trayvon was what Obama’s son (if he had one) would look like. WTF does that mean?

      Where are the calming words from our President? His asking everyone to calm themselves, take a deep breath and allow the authorities to finish their investigations? And where was Eric Holder and the Justice Department when the New Black Panthers publish a Wanted – Dead or Alive poster for Zimmerman and offered a $!0,000 reward?

      I can tell you where Holder was, in Washington, in his office where he turned the CIvil Rights Division of the Justice Department loose on Zimmerman. I guess the President is out on the golf course and off fund raising because I haven’t seen much of him since that ONE statement. Oh wait, he was in Korea to reassure the Russians that he’d sell us and our European allies out on missile defense as soon as the election was over and he had more flexibility.

  • 1crappie2

    Absence of truth? That defection sounds like it was derived in Hades. Planning, cutting and pasting to deliberatly influence a trial, and cause racial friction (even deaths) in order to act as agent for the marxist in the White House ought to require that it suffer a loss of broadcast license (say one year?)
    Waiting for the GOP to hold court..waiting, still waiting…

    • jim_m

       No.  They have a right to spew whatever BS they choose.  It is when their lies cross over into libel and slander that they ought to incur legal penalties but those probably still don’t amount to pulling their license.

      Having said that the fact that the dead tree media circ is in long term decline and that ratings for CNN and MSNBC don’t combine to surpass FOX is enough to show us that the consumer is voting with his feet.  They can keep on with their lefty propaganda, all it does is lose them viewers.

  • When his case is settled Zimmerman should sue the &*$#% out of NBC.  If this is not an attempt to defame and harm, I don’t know what it is.

    • herddog505

      Absolutely.  And, while he’s at it, he might get ABC for apparently doctoring the video of him at the Sanford police station so that they could “prove” that he wasn’t injured.

      The facts are still not all in, but it’s looking more and more like Zimmerman is another Richard Jewell or Duke lacrosse team: innocent people smeared by MiniTru.

  • Well, GE owns NBC, right, And Jeff Immelt needed to get back into Ofumble’s good graces after he ‘supported Romney’, right?

    Quid pro stinkin’ quo….

    • Wild_Willie

      GE sold NBC to Comcast. If GE still owned the network, an investigation wouldn’t even take place. ww

  • LiberalNightmare

    Its deplorable that the left and its media toadies would stand on a dead teenagers corpse to send an innocent man to prison,  all in the name of “The Narrative”.

    • jim_m

       It’s easy to do when you don’t value individuals and you only value the groups that hey belong to.  When your only value comes as a member of the group then your individual life and your individual freedom aren’t really important.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Hmmm – Will the letter that contains this quote ever see the light of day via a MSM publication?
    “You will recall the incident of the beating of the black homeless man
    Sherman Ware on December 4, 2010 by the son of a Sanford police officer.
    The beating sparked outrage in the community but there were very few
    that stepped up to do anything about it. I would presume the inaction
    was because of the fact that he was homeless not because he was black.
    Do you know the individual who stepped up when no one else in the black
    community would? Do you know who spent tireless hours putting flyers on
    the cars of persons parked in the churches of the black community? Do
    you know who waited for the church-goers to get out of church so that he
    could hand them flyers in an attempt to organize the black community
    against this horrible miscarriage of justice? Do you know who helped
    organize the City Hall meeting on January 8, 2011 at Sanford City Hall??
    That person was GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.”
    From a letter to the Seminole County NAACP from a “concerned Zimmerman family member”
    linked at Instapundit.