A veteran NBC Miami reporter has been fired in the ongoing probe over an edited “Today” show clip of George Zimmerman’s 911 call, placed moments before Zimmerman shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
Jeff Burnside was dismissed from network-owned NBC Miami (WTVJ) over a similarly edited clip on Friday, as first reported by South Florida news blog SFLTV.
According to the Miami Herald, two unidentified employees were also disciplined.
NBC Miami said in an “edit explanation” posted Wednesday evening that it broadcast the edited call March 19, confirming it ran several days before the controversial “Today” clip — which according to Poynter’s MediaWire blog was not generated at NBC Miami but at NBC’s Southeastern headquarters, which are also in Miami.
“As anybody in the news business knows, something that seems very clear is often very, very complicated,” Burnside told Mediawire when reached by phone on Wednesday.
NBC launched its internal investigation over the “Today” show segment after admitting an “error…that we deeply regret.” Reports the Associated Press:
Source: The Huffington Post