NBC fires editor for altering Zimmerman 911 call; when will MSNBC fire the writer who did the same?

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.

NBC Producer Out But Unnamed

The NY Tmes breaks its Trayvon Martin silence long enough to report at one of their blogs that an unnamed NBC producer has been fired as a result of the doctored Zimmerman “He looks black” report.

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.

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.

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32 Responses to NBC fires editor for altering Zimmerman 911 call; when will MSNBC fire the writer who did the same?

  1. James Felix says:

    Here’s an idea: how about they not only name the person who made the edit but tweet his home address to a quarter-million people? That would one step towards evening things up.

  2. DaveinMinnesota says:

    Hey, too late now, poor guy has already been tried and convicted in most American MSM minds. This is how the left operates, and those who were fired for this criminal act of reporting the news will be simply and quickly replaced by yet one more slimeball reporter.

  3. Edgar says:

    Better yet, tweet his neighbor’s address. What could go wrong…

  4. Charlie says:

    How do we know that they actually fired someone if they don’t release their name? They could just be saying we fired a person who does not really exist.

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  6. Jake says:

    I suspect it was deliberate, and the only “investigation” NBC did was to investigate who would make the best scapegoat. Given how the case was so racially charged to begin with, I don’t see how anyone with enough brain cells to remember how to breathe could miss the implications of that particular edit.

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  10. Tom Maguire says:

    Save your screenshots! NBC 6 Miami has “updated”their stories – as of roughly 6PM those “He looks black” edits are gone.

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  21. Joh Bin says:

    Forget screenshots. Anyone can fake them. Next time you see something so outrageous, use WebCitation. http://www.webcitation.org/ It will create a timestamped archive of the website, so that if it changes later you can prove it, with a third party time stamp.

    Ugh I am reading this now and I know it sounds sort of promotional, but it drives me mad how the media can be COMPLETELY IRRESPONSIBLE and then cover it up later. If they don’t specifically mention that they’ve redacted a portion of the article they are failing not once, but TWICE as journalists. (shocker, I know)

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