After Editing Audio, NBC Expresses 'Regret'
NBC concluded its internal investigation into why George Zimmerman's 9-1-1 call was edited to make him appear racist. The findings?
"During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret," NBC News said in a statement e-mailed to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. "We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers."
When asked if anyone at Today had lost their job or had been reassigned as a result of the investigation, an NBC spokeswoman said: "We will not be commenting on our course of action."
What necessary steps? NBC told the Hollywood Reporter that it wouldn't remark on whether or not anyone would be fired for so badly editing audio that the entire intent was changed and it affected the narrative for a nation. George Zimmerman is in hiding for his life because roving bands of angry Floridians think he killed Trayvon Martin because Martin was black. It's a sentiment echoed bynumerous elected officials and it was supported by NBC's broadcast. NBC issues an apology and that's it? No story on the clarification? No story on how the audio came to be butchered? That a mainstream media outlet altered audio in such a poor manner so as to change the entire intent of its meaning is a news story by itself.
This isn't sufficient enough of an explanation from NBC. We demand more.