At the NBC/Universal Website, Steve Capus’ role at NBC News is described in this way:
Steve Capus was named President, NBC News in November 2005. He is the No. 1 News Division executive and is responsible for all aspects of America’s highest-rated and most-watched network News division, as well as MSNBC and NBC News Channel. Capus is also the arbiter of issues involving ethics, style, standards, safety and other matters that affect the Division’s journalistic bearing.
Does that sound to you like someone who is “the arbiter of issues involving ethics [and] standards”? Or does that sound more like someone involved in a cover up—one that shills like “media watchdog” Howard Kurtz is aiding and abetting, no less.
If it’s true, though, that this was a mistake, then Nameless Producer probably has a wrongful termination suit on his or her hands. But even if Nameless Producer intentionally did this in the hopes of throwing our Community-Organizer-In-Chief a little help in ginning up his base in a crucial swing state, why would Nameless Producer think for a moment that Steve Capus, “the the arbiter of issues involving ethics” would think that such a thing was …wrong?
After all, under Capus’ leadership, NBC News has twice before maliciously edited newscasts in order to inflame racial division and attack conservatives—all, of course, in an effort to help Barack Obama.
In August of 2009, NBC’s Contessa Brewer (who still has the same job) used deceptive editing so that that MSNBC viewers wouldn’t know that the man carrying firearms to a Tea Party was a black man. This allowed Brewer to then host a segment about how racist the Tea Party is towards President Obama and how this racism might just lead to the unthinkable—the assassination of our President: