Welcome, visitors from Instapundit, JustOneMinute, Michelle Malkin, Ace of Spades, and elsewhere. One interesting update to this story is that TalkLeft found that there was an earlier version of the Today show story from March 27th.
Before NBC’s alteration on TV, MSNBC did the exact same thing in print. When will MSNBC fire someone?
UPDATE: A reader named Jim notes this NBC Miami piece credited to Jeff Burnside that may have been the source of the MSNBC piece. It’s substantially the same, with minor editing differences. Though it has the same March 21st date as the MSNBC piece there are comments from March 20th.
In case it changes, here’s a Google cache of the NBC Miami piece, and here’s a screenshot:
Oddly, the hyperlink in that story goes to this April 2nd NBC Miami story about the Martin/Zimmerman shooting. That means the piece has been edited since March 21st.
And another update from Jim:
I just realized the following story was posted on 3/19/2012- which means it was the original story.http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/White-House-Weighs-in-on-Travyon-Martin-Case-as-Protests-Mount-143402066.htm
Burnside, Hernandez and Colby are the authors. Burnside and Hernandez apparently work for NBC Miami but Colby apparently does not. Since AP is listed on the article, Colby may have been acting as a stringer. Burnside alone wrote the second article using the altered quote.
I’m sorry I didn’t notice that at first. Nonetheless, it does seem to disprove NBC’s explanation the whole thing was a mistake. The important thing is we actually have names: Hernandez and Burnside. If NBC fired a producer for this, they’re gonna have to fire these two reporters, as well.
Screenshot here in case it gets edited. LATER: It’s a good thing I got the screenshot. They’ve completely removed the 911 conversation.