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DC police investigating “Meet the Press,” David Gregory, who will not be hosting Sunday

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David Gregory will not be hosting "Meet the Press" this week because he is on vacation, reports Politico. His absence was planned before D.C. police started investigating the Sunday morning show and its host for displaying on-air what they described as a 30-round gun magazine. Police told ABC News that the network had requested permission to use "a high capacity magazine for their segment" and that "their request was denied."

The New York Times, Politico and TMZ cite unnamed federal law enforcement officials who say "Meet the Press" also contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which may have mistakenly said using the magazine was legal.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told Breitbart.com, "We are investigating the incident to determine if the magazine was in fact real." While this display may create legal problems for the network, it may also create journalistic problems, points out The Washington Post. "If it wasn’t in fact authentic," writes Erik Wemple, "Gregory didn’t issue a disclosure to that effect on the air. Viewers were introduced to the magazine as if it could be deployed at that very moment." The display occurred during Gregory's interview last Sunday with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. (more...)
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NBC’s Richard Engel: ‘We weren’t expecting a rescue’

During the five days Richard Engel and a crew of four others were held in Syria, the kidnappers "didn't really know who we were," Engel told Savannah Guthrie during an interview that aired Friday on the "Today" show. The NBC News chief foreign correspondent also described their escape.
We weren't expecting, obviously, a rescue, but the rebels knew we were in the area. They'd been alerted. They'd been alerted by NBC. They'd been alerted by other friendly forces who had told the rebels, 'You've got people in your neighborhood. Increase your security. Go find these people.' That pressure inspired our kidnappers to move us to a safer place, deeper into their territory. And if we had gotten to that territory, that's goodbye. You wouldn't see us for a long, long time or you may never see us again."
During that move, they were freed by the rebels. The ordeal, Engel said, is "not gonna change what I'm doing with my life, what is my life." (more...)
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NBC’s Richard Engel, crew freed after 5 days of captivity in Syria

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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