NBC Probe Focused On Producer In Edit Error
NBC's internal investigation involved interviewing a dozen staff members to determine the source and reason for the misleading edit, it has been claimed today.
There was no clear indication on Thursday of what, if any, disciplinary actions would be taken against the producer or other staff involved in the incident. The sources at the network, who declined to identify the producer, said NBC News executives did not know the 911 call was misleadingly edited until news reports surfaced days later on right-leaning blogs including Newsbusters.org and Breitbart.com.
The Today show's editorial control policies - which include a script editor, senior producer oversight, and in most cases legal and standards department reviews of material to be broadcast - missed the selective editing of the call, said the NBC executive.
Executives have vowed to take rigorous steps to formalize editorial safeguards in the news division following the incident, one of the sources said. NBC News staffers who have been working on the Trayvon Martin story for several weeks in Florida were at first "in shock" over the incident, and later furious, another source, who is an NBC producer, told Reuters.
Many allege that NBC's misleading edit was a willful and irresponsible act of journalism that only inflamed racial tensions in the Trayvon Martin story. NBC denies that it was deliberate.