'Outright deception' gate... all better now

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

'Outright deception' gate... all better now

Whew! That got taken care of pretty quickly!

NBC News apologizes for airing edited version of 911 call placed by George Zimmerman

But it's okay, because it's all in service to a good story, and our nation has clearly shown that it is always en­thralled by... a good story.

A week after the fact, and four days after their falsification was uncovered, NBC News acknowledged the "production error" and apologized for that mistake...

"During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happen­ing in the future and apologize to our viewers."

...but hasn't even attempted to explain how it happened and who was responsible.

See, if Nixon had just come clean from the jump and acknowledged1 that "mistakes were made," he would have finished his second term, the names Lynette Fromme2 and Sara Jane Moore would not be known today... and we'd still be fighting a military action in SouthEast Asia.

They always getcha for the lie... 'lessen you're Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton.

Notes
  1. Note the passive voice... always use the passive voice.
  2. Though "Squeeky Fromme" would prob­ably be a footnote to the Manson saga.

Comments

1. Kathy said...

An error is unintentional. I don't understand how this story could be defined as an error. It is more an intentional skewing of the news. Just my opinion of course.

An error may or may not be unintentional, but your opinion is one shared by many.

"News" isn't news any longer, it's "the story" and if it's "exclusive," so much the better. Any doubts about what "news" has become, just watch any one of the network shows in the hour leading up to their 11:00 pm (or 10:00 pm on Fox) newscasts and watch how those news shows are promoted/sold, whether there's a newsworthy item or not.

"What President Obama said about Trayvon Martin... coming up at 11:00 pm."

It's disgusting! Murrow and Cronkite are banging their heads on their fleecy white newsdesks.
– Dean

2. Rob F. said...

What's worse, the mainstream media feels it is obligated to create the news rather than just report it.

There's nothing new there. (Recall Hearst: "You furnish the pictures, I'll furnish the war.") But that kind of journalism was supposedly frowned upon. Not so much, any more.

At the time of that celebrated 1897 anecdote, it was known as "yellow journalism," William Randolph Hearst's stock in trade. Today, it's what passes for journalism.
– Dean

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