NBC has once again been exposed for cooking the news to suit its own agenda. Over the weekend, stories emerged about the network's coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting. The coverage (initially by Fox and Newsbusters.org) clearly reveals how the news group of the peacock network that once boasted the Huntley and Brinkley Report has now been reduced to using cheap editing tricks in order to massage a story in a way that supports the mainstream media's standard liberal narrative on race relations here in the U.S.
One can only speculate whether NBC's intent was to purposely inflame racial tension, or whether it was simply a matter of business-as-usual application of their standard bias filter, without regard to potential consequence. We will never know, despite this "chilling" announcement by long-faced network brass: "We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story." The network's worker ants must really be shaking their shoes after that! NBC has predictably issued neither an apology nor an admission of error.
NBC News President Steve Capus was cornered on camera by an "alternate media" reporter and asked to comment on the growing controversy. "Well, nothing we did was illegal. We only cut out words and phrases - we did not add anything to the tape. We do it all the time, and I really do not understand the concern. Frankly, I think this is little more than a bushwhack by Fox News.
Nonetheless, I am agreeable to do whatever we need to do to demonstrate our devotion to integrity. This is why we are in negotiations as I speak to bring back one of the best investigative reporters we've ever known into the NBC News family. I hope to be able to announce a new relationship with Mr. Keith Olbermann by week's end."
An insider at the network who asked to remain anonymous told us that if the Olbermann negotiations proceed as hoped, the querulous reporter will replace Evening News anchor Brian Williams. Williams will be moved to a new format - a comedic commentary / current events show to be aired opposite Fox News' Redeye hosted by the witty Greg Gutfeld (3AM EST). "Williams is better suited for light comedy than he is hard hitting news. Capus believes that Olbermann will be a better fit for our newsroom culture and that he will be more effective at conveying the true NBC credo, " our insider told us.
Will the Capus caper pay off? Olbermann was just fired from Al Gore's Current TV where his viewership had dropped to miserable levels. He may actually find NBC viewers more attuned to his mannerisms and ideals.