Altering Zimmerman's 911 call to make him sound racist was an accident!
Totally unintentional. They were shocked - shocked! - when this show went live. It was an honest mistake. Oh, they fired him by the way. But they can't say who it was. And no one there will say who it was.
That would be the act of a journalist, after all.
Edit: I'm being too brief with this. Not doing the subject justice.
Look, it wasn't an accident. No one should believe it was an accident. It has all the makings of a very intentional muckraking act, happening at the absolute height of tension in the case. But, here's the funny thing.
What reporter is going to investigate this case?
Maybe a blogger will try to suss out the name of who was fired, but that's going to be the real extent of the investigation. NBC told everyone 'it was a mistake, this was handled' and... that's that.
Do you think it would end there if a similar 'gaffe' happened with, say... a politician? "Oh, a staffer did something like this. I won't say who. He was fired though. This was all an accident."? Particularly a Republican politician.
There's more that could be said here, but for now, I just want to cap it off with that. "They said it was an accident, it's utterly non-believable, but that's where it will end in all likelihood."