Steve Capus Interview

Reuters’ Chris Francescani scores an interview with Steve Capus who gives more detail on what NBC did regarding the Zimmerman 911 edit.

As part of the investigation, the producer who edited the call was questioned extensively about motivation, and it was determined that the person had cut the video clip down to meet a maximum time requirement for the length of the segment – a common pressure in morning television – and inadvertently edited the call in a way that proved misleading.

But I am more interested in what Capus says here about MSNBC and Al Sharpton…

“Reverend Sharpton is a talk show host on MSNBC,” Capus said. “We believe there’s a distinction between the role he plays and our front line journalists who are part of NBC’s news gathering and reporting. This is a large news organization that has many people involved in any number of different aspects of coverage and commentary. That’s the distinction we’ve made as a news organization.”

Um…what about when MSNBC covers Sharpton’s activism as news? This gets very circular too easily…


8 Responses to “Steve Capus Interview”

  1. missy5537 Says:

    Why wasn’t the “Rev” all over THIS???

    Don’t tell me- bec. it was a black on white crime, and we all know that blacks are so angelic that they supposedly would NEVER do such a thing (NOT). Note that the media won’t identify the perps as blacks – we are SO PC in this country that we’re not even allowed to state that blacks attack a white.

    How revolting.

  2. The Rev. wasn’t all over this for the same reason Roland Martin was cheering on Tiger Woods at the Masters yesterday (I made him mad with a tweet). It’s called “rooting for your home team”. We all all wired that way. However good it makes us feel, it can make out-of-towners feel resentful.

  3. If I edited a tape of a Hitler speech to fit a time limit and it came out praising the Jews, it would be logical to assume I was up to a deception.

  4. Caprus should be fired.

  5. Here is who they fired…Jim Bell. And from the picture at the bottom of the article looks like the job had perks ….so to speak.

  6. ^ How do you know that it was Jim Bell that they fired? I’ve not seen that anywhere.

  7. It’s a highly cynical view to be sure, but NBC’s edit of the 911 tape and its identically edited written version online could easily be construed as a cross-platform promo for Sharpton and for NBC’s coverage of Sharpton’s activism.

    Not saying that it wasn’t just a simple mistake but having a still-active activist as a regular programme host invites these sorts of criticisms. The distinctions they make as a news organisation really stink.

  8. What would David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, or John Chancellor think of NBC-MSNBC today?

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