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April 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Burnside

Another NBC employee has been fired for editing the George Zimmerman 911 tape to give the impression, intentionally or not, that Zimmerman had targeted Florida teenager Trayvon Martin because he was black. According to the Miami Herald, Jeff Burnside, a 13-year veteran of the local NBC Miami station was let go and two other employees were disciplined for the editing, “We take this incident very seriously and apologize to our viewers,” said Matt Glassman, a spokesman for WTVJ, a wholly owned NBC station. “After conducting an extensive investigation, we are putting a more stringent editorial process in place to ensure this does not happen again.” In reporting the dismissal, the Herald observed, “The Miami error underscores how time-crunched journalists’ work may go on the air without any supervision.” It noted that the station now plans to hire an assistant news director and add more “editing layers.”