Steve Capus,president of NBC News apologized for a mistake. What mistake? It would be the height of naivety to believe that such careful altering of the tape was a mistake and not a deliberate act.
A respectable news agency will have zero tolerance for dishonesty of this sort. Steve Capus is the captain of the ship; he is the one who should go, not just some anonymous producer who got caught exposing the extent of bias that appears to exist throughout the network. At an upright news outlet a producer would know he was risking his job if he doctored a tape in a way to give an allusion opposite to the truth.
NBC is becoming MSNBC lite.
An aside. False apologies are common place. When an apology takes the form “I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings” it is not an apology at all. It’s an expression of regret that the offended person doesn’t agree with the offender. A: You are an ugly pig. B: You owe me an apology. A: I apologize because you were offended when I pointed it out.
Bias on the part of the main stream media is one thing; deliberate distortion, make that lying because it’s more accurate, is another. I am referring to the doctoring of Zimmerman’s conversation with the 911 dispatcher on the Today Show that went as follows.
The conversation as NBC played the doctored recording:
Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
If that were the recording it would indicate bias. But the actual conversation was:
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 black, white or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman: “He looks black.”
We have come to expect this type of dishonesty from the likes of Al Sharpton. The general public discounts it knowing the lack of credibility of the source. However, NBC is still a generally respected network.
Freedom of speech is and should remain broadly interpreted but it does not give you the right to falsely cry fire in a crowded theatre. What NBC has done is play into Al Sharpton’s incitement to riot. NBC’s license should be suspended. It will not be, of course. NBC has a history of deliberate dishonest reporting. If you remember they rigged a bomb under the fender of a truck to explode on external impact and then crashed another vehicle into it to set off the bomb “proving” the trucks were dangerous and condemning the manufacturer. The truck episode was not as egregious because it had no potential for the loss of life and was not racist.
However, NBC’s act fans the flames of insurrection which conceivably could cause personal injury and loss of life. At the very least it is an act of inexcusable irresponsibility.
Christine Amanpour and Diane Sawyer whitewashed Islam in Saturday night and Sunday morning programs. Pamela Geller covers it at Atlas Shrugs.
Given the exposure of various frauds and misrepresentations at CBS (Rather) and NBC (exploding trucks) not to mention the string of dishonesties by Mike Wallace (Google for them) it became apparent that network news “documentaries” are worse than useless; they are dangerous. These programs were, and still are, designed to create an air of integrity, the feeling that they are protecting us by enlightening us about who is defrauding and lying to us. They gain our confidence, then they lie to us.
Those with open minds, as all Conservatives have (wink), give the devil his due and say there must be some truth in what the other side has to say. The problem is, when watching these programs, how do you know which is truth and which is not, what to accept and what to not?
The shrewdest lie is not a lie at all; it is the technique of creating an impression that does not reflect the truth. It is the art of creating a lie by telling a carefully selected string of truths.
Immediately following Diane Sawyer’s 20/20 whitewash of Islam there was a program that focused on securities related crimes featuring a case from 2005 where an employee of a printing house informed another individual of the headlines that would appear in the next issue of Business Week magazine. The individual happened to work at Goldman Sachs, however, Goldman Sachs was not otherwise involved. the trades he initiated were strictly for his personal benefit and were executed through another broker. How might you title such a program?
Perhaps “Illegal Options Trader Exposed” or “The SEC Catches a Criminal”? Or here’s an idea, how about “Greedy Goldman Sachs Defines American Capitalism”? Sounds like a winner just in need of some minor editing. The program was actually called “American Greed” and the promotional teaser invited viewers to stay tuned for an exposure of insider trading and greed at Goldman Sachs. Denunciation of capitalism was left inferred.