Another edited Zimmerman tape, another NBC employee fired. What do you think?
And then there were three.
A third NBC employee has been fired from the network after yet
another misleadingly edited George Zimmerman 911 tape surfaced from the
Trayvon Martin shooting.
Lilia Luciano, a Miami-based correspondent, “is no longer working for the network,” TVNewser reports. Her firing follows the axing of an NBC producer who
edited the original 911 call that caused so much controversy as well as
a local NBC reporter, Jeff Burnside, who was found to have used a similarly-edited recording.
TVNewser explains what happened with the latest incident:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male.
Dispatcher: Are you following him?
Dispatcher: Okay, we don’t need you to do that.
But here’s how the call really went:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up
to no good or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just
walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he white, black, or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
NBC confirmed to Newser that Luciano is no longer with the network
after having joined them a short 18 months ago from Univision. Her
firing came after an internal investigation into the incident.
Media watchdog Media Research Center (MRC) excoriated NBC over the
news, especially considering the network has yet to deliver an on-air
apology (it has, however, done so via a statement).
“Despite Steve Capus, NBC News president, admitting they ‘probably’ should have apologized on-air, NBC still has yet to do so,” MRC’s president, Brent Bozell, said in a statement. “Even the local NBC affiliate that doctored the clip has fired the offender and apologized and retracted on-air.”
“Own up to your dishonesty, NBC,” he added, “tell your audience the truth for once and for all.”
This story has been updated with reaction
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