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NBC’s Richard Engel, crew freed after 5 days of captivity in Syria

NBC | "Today" | CPJ | Gawker
NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel is safe in Turkey after five days of captivity in Syria, the network said Tuesday morning. Engel and his crew were last heard from Thursday just after they entered Syria.
After entering Syria, Engel and his team were abducted, tossed into the back of a truck and blindfolded before being transported to an unknown location believed to be near the small town of Ma’arrat Misrin. During their captivity, they were blindfolded and bound, but otherwise not physically harmed, the network said. (more...)
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Report: George Zimmerman to sue NBC over botched edit of 911 call

New York Post
Accused Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is preparing a lawsuit against NBC, NBC News President Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, the New York Post's Page Six reports.
A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.”
Poynter has confirmed that NBC is not commenting in this matter.

NBC broadcast three reports using audio edited to make it appear Zimmerman said, "This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” The first report was produced by WTVJ in Miami, which fired reporter Jeff Burnside, who was involved in editing it. "Today" broadcast a report apparently influenced by WTVJ's that edited the audio the same way; reporter Lilia Luciano lost her job with the network after that. The Allen report was broadcast after those two, and apparently used the same audio track as the second. Correction: NBC's Miami affiliate is WTVJ not WTVR as this post originally stated.
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NBC apologizes to affiliates for Kardashian interview during 9/11 moment of silence

The New York Times
Though NBC said it would not apologize for airing an interview with Kardashian mom Kris Jenner on Tuesday's "Today" show during the moment of silence to honor victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, NBC News President Steve Capus sent a conciliatory note to affiliates, reports Bill Carter:
“Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the Sept. 11 moment of silence not being seen. While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers … and for that we apologize.”
Earlier this week, "Today" spokeswoman Megan Kopf told Carter the moment of silence “is not a tradition on our show."

Related: NBC, MSNBC 9/11 anniversary broadcasts stir emotions and controversy | 9/11 anniversary forgotten on the front page of The New York Times
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msnbc.com becomes NBCNews.com after network, MSN split

NBC News | The New York Times
NBC News announced Sunday night that it had bought the remaining half of msnbc.com from Microsoft on Friday. Users who type "msnbc.com" into their browsers are now redirected to the NBCNews.com domain. The deal was expected, to say the least, with several outlets reporting as far back as May that it was in the works. (more...)
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NBC’s failure to correct Zimmerman audio on-air highlights lack of TV news corrections

David Carr of The New York Times does an important bit of follow-up in his latest Media Equation column.

Carr asks why, after launching an internal investigation, firing the offending party and issuing a statement of apology over … Read more

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NBC tells Romney campaign to stop running ad with footage of Tom Brokaw

The Associated Press | Politico | The Washington Post
NBC says the ad, made up almost entirely of video from a 1997 NBC News broadcast reporting on Newt Gingrich's reprimand by the U.S. House of Representatives on ethics charges, was used without permission and implies that NBC is supporting Romney. "I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign," Tom Brokaw says in a statement released by NBC. A campaign spokesman says the campaign doesn't plan to pull the commercial, arguing that the use of the video falls under fair use; Ken Paulson of the First Amendment Center agrees. Politico's Josh Gerstein reports that federal law and FCC regulations require TV stations to run all ads or none, so even stations owned and operated by NBC must run the ad unless the Romney campaign pulls it.

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple suggests that we look at the ad as a new standard of truth-telling in political advertising -- using Brokaw as a new Mr. Clean:
From now on, in order to level a hit on your political opponent, you are required to dig up footage of Tom Brokaw reciting your talking points. If you cannot find an instance in which Brokaw pronounced on the matter, it’s an illegitimate ad.
Related: "Mr. Romney’s aides say they can get a sense of where a story is headed before it is published simply by reading reporters’ Twitter messages." (The New York Times) | John Heilemann says the press is rooting for Newt Gingrich and will keep him on life support if he loses Florida's primary Tuesday (New York magazine)
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NBC News experiments with serious opinion polling through Facebook

As the 2012 elections finally begin, NBC News has been polling the public to see what issues concern them the most. What’s unusual is that it collected the data not by phone interviews, but through Facebook.

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NBC News announces changes to technology, social media staff

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John Keegan, the new director of technology for NBC News, comes from Fox News. Bonnie Optekman becomes vice president for emerging technologies, overseeing delivery of NBC News television content on different platforms. Ryan Osborn has been promoted to senior director of digital media, and Craig Kanalley moves from The Huffington Post to take over as social media editor. The memo from Vivian Schiller, chief digital officer for NBC News: (more...)
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McQuaid: Why do news orgs think they can buy authority by hiring political offspring?

Forbes | The Huffington Post
"Whenever a network TV news division pulls one of these nepotistic no-brainers, it saps a bit of American journalism’s life force," writes John McQuaid about NBC News' hiring of Chelsea Clinton as a special correspondent. "The message here is that fame and parentage confer journalistic authority, rather than talent or an ability to get the story right." The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone relays political reporters' surprise at the move, many of whom say Clinton seemed to have no love for the media during her mom's presidential run. Calderone didn't get an interview with Clinton, but neither has anyone else. || New name: St. Petersburg Times' Eric Deggans says he was right when he said NBC stands for "Nepotism Broadcasting Company"
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Brian Williams: “Running ‘Nightly’ is a job I would wish on no one”

TVNewser | Oshkosh Northwestern
The "NBC Nightly News" anchor is now on his fifth executive producer in seven years -- no big deal, he says. “The last two have gone on to become NBC vice presidents," he tells Gail Shister. "A lot of [turnover] has been quirks of timing. Running ‘Nightly’ is a job I would wish on no one. There’s a lot of pressure to maintain our standing and standards. They are all friends of mine in life." || Meanwhile, three people at the Sheboygan (Wis.) Salvation Army were hospitalized Friday after a disturbance that began over something aired on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." A 51-year-old man suffered a cut to the head, a 27-year-old woman complained of jaw pain, and a 24-year-old man complained of pain to his left arm.
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