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Old 06-25-2012, 06:35 PM
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A guy who worked at CBS for 26 years as a writer and producer sees the light...

Memo to NBC: What the hell is wrong with you?

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Seriously.

First, there was the Trayvon Martin boondoggle a few months ago.

Then yesterday, evidence of some creative editing regarding Mitt Romney’s visit to a Wawa in Pennsylvania.

Today, we have Andrea Mitchell’s spectacularly lame followup to “criticism of the Romney clip edit” — which amounted to Ms. Mitchell saying, with a sigh and a frown, “Oh, bother. Fine. Here’s what we left out.” She failed to acknowledge what the “criticism” entailed; she neglected to point out how the editing misrepresented the event being covered; and she offered nothing resembling an apology or an admission of responsibility for something that was, as a matter of fact, irresponsible.

I’m tired. Truly. I’ve grown weary of trying to defend the indefensible and explain the inexplicable. For years, people have stomped their feet and pounded their fists and snorted “Liberal media bias!” and I’ve always tut-tutted and shooshed them and said, “No, no. Calm down. They meant well. It was just a misunderstanding. A mistake. These things happen.” I spent over 25 years working in the oft-reviled Mainstream Media and I saw up close and personal how the sausage was made. I knew the people who wielded the knives and wore the aprons, and could vouch (most of the time, anyway) for their good intentions.

But now?

Forget it. I’m done. You deserve what they’re saying about you. It’s earned. You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you. You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more. You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.


Good job.

I just have one question:

What the hell is wrong with you guys?
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Default Re: Memo to NBC: What the hell is wrong with you?

The guys over at Breitbart have an opinion on NBC's decent into hackery, of course.

They mention another one where a deceptively edited piece used in the Sandusky trial may taint the verdict.

Then there's this...

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In August of 2011, NBC's Ed Schultz used deceptive editing to make Texas Governor Rick Perry, who was running for president at the time, look racist.

In August of 2009, NBC's Contessa Brewer was caught deceptively editing a piece of video to call the Tea Party racist, but only after she edited out the fact that the Tea Partier carrying a sidearm was a black man.

If you look at the timeline here, you'll see that the frequency of these fraudulent edits is increasing at a rapid rate. Which is probably no accident when you consider how close we are to voting Obama out of office.

In summation: NBC's brand is in trouble, the man behind the decline just got his contract renewed, and the frequency of brand-tarnishing frauds is increasing.

What are we to conclude from this?

Simple: NBC is willing to lose gobs of money and whatever is left of its reputation to get Barack Obama reelected. Capus has created an atmosphere in the news division where this kind of outright fraud is not only tolerated but probably winked at. Feel free to believe this is all just coincidence, but I do not.
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Yeah like FOX news is any different... Wasn't it just last month they did the same thing, misrepresenting Obama and then being forced to take their video offline?...

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I agree, I don't like to be fed BS. I don't like it that people claim to be the beacon of truth do these sort of things. I am ticked at MSNBC for editing and giving half truths to play to the left wing audience. It undermines truth no matter what side of the aisle you are on.
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Yeah like FOX news is any different... Wasn't it just last month they did the same thing, misrepresenting Obama and then being forced to take their video offline?...

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I won't hold my breath waiting for the right to call out FOX. We all know how phoney they are but there is limits to the rights outrage.
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Yeah like FOX news is any different... Wasn't it just last month they did the same thing, misrepresenting Obama and then being forced to take their video offline?...

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What video are you talking about? The one Mikey threw up on here?
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Yeah like FOX news is any different... Wasn't it just last month they did the same thing, misrepresenting Obama and then being forced to take their video offline?...

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Lame in that you can cite one example, making it an aberration.

He just cited numerous examples showing that in NBC's case, the deception is a policy.

Again, you are being played for a fool, and you ought to object.
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Lame in that you can cite one example, making it an aberration.

He just cited numerous examples showing that in NBC's case, the deception is a policy.

Again, you are being played for a fool, and you ought to object.
You are in denial. How many videos would you like me to load before you admit Fox news is partisan? Tell me so I can get started.
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You are in denial. How many videos would you like me to load before you admit Fox news is partisan? Tell me so I can get started.
I'd say that it is ideological, or has an ideological bias rather that partisan, so long as we're talking about news coverage and not the generally excellent commentary programming.

And of course, the issue here is the use of outright deception to further a political agenda, not a simple editorial slant.

Besides to the aficionados of NBC News, even a purely neutral editorial philosophy would seem wildly Right Wing.
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I'd say that it is ideological, or has an ideological bias rather that partisan, so long as we're talking about news coverage and not the generally excellent commentary programming.

And of course, the issue here is the use of outright deception to further a political agenda, not a simple editorial slant.

Besides to the aficionados of NBC News, even a purely neutral editorial philosophy would seem wildly Right Wing.
So many angles. You are like a lawyer. I'll tell you what. You pick the programs and I will give you the proof. Which programs on FOX do you claim are not partisan?
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