Here we go again.
Another example of NBC tailoring news to a political end…and, each time, on behalf of the same side of the aisle.
Excerpted from an article at National Review, via yahoonews.com:
NBC News learned in late September that a woman identified by Julie Swetnick as a witness to Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct denied ever having witnessed the misconduct, but failed to report that information until Wednesday evening (October 24th) – weeks after the Kavnaugh hearings).
In preparation for an October 1 interview with Swetnick, NBC News contacted a woman she said could corroborate her allegation that Kavanaugh “spiked” the punch at numerous parties in high school in order to facilitate gang rapes. When contacted by NBC on September 30, the unidentified woman said she did not meet Swetnick until they were both adults, and denied ever having witnessed Kavanaugh “spike” anyone’s drink or act in an inappropriate manner toward anyone.
NBC News spoke to the woman again on October 4 and asked why her written statement contradicted her earlier claims, at which point she reiterated that she had never witnessed Kavanaugh engage in the conduct described. When asked why she would sign a statement to the contrary, the woman accused Avenatti of “twisting” her words and said she only skimmed the statement he prepared for her before signing it.
NBC did not reveal any of this until nearly a month after first learning that Avenatti apparently misrepresented the woman’s claims.
NBC News did not respond to a request for comment.
In short, NBC knew that the woman julie swetnick claimed would corroborate her story about Brett Kavanaugh’s participation in drugging and gang-raping young girls denied she knew any such thing….but intentionally withheld it while the Kavanaugh hearings took place.
It would be hard to find a more blatant disdain for even the most minimal journalistic ethics, or a more blatant attempt to help sink the Kavanaugh nomination by withholding news that would benefit him.
And anyone who thinks this is something new for NBC News better take a refresher course in recent history.
Here’s just one other example (there are, I assure you, more).
On February 6, 2012, Trayvon Martin was killed by neighborhood watch participant, George Zimmerman.
Here is a key segment of the actual dialogue between Zimmerman and the police dispatcher before the physical confrontation took place:
Dispatcher: Sanford Police Department.
Zimmerman: Hey we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy, uh, it’s Retreat View Circle, um, the best address I can give you is 111 Retreat View Circle. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy is he white, black, or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
And here is the version NBC doctored, then played to its viewers:
“He looks like he’s up to no good, he looks black.”
Notice a bit of a difference?
-In the actual call, Zimmerman mentioned Martin’s race only after specifically being asked about it by the dispatcher – no racism at all.
-In NBC’s doctored version, Zimmerman equated Martin’s bad intentions with his race – overtly racist.
FYI: Despite NBC’s best efforts, a jury – multi-racial in its composition – subsequently found that Zimmerman acted in self-defense and acquitted him.
The saddest part? There are people – many of them, who still rely in NBC – and other mainstream media venues guilty of the same garbage – for neutral news coverage.
How I wish they knew better.