DC Trawler

Steve Capus out as president of NBC News

Boy, did I ever call this one wrong. Just the other day I predicted how NBC would respond to criticism of their latest deceptively edited video:

So now MSNBC will “review” it, and in a few days they’ll put out a press release saying they’ve taken measures to ensure it won’t happen again, and that’ll be it. If somebody gets fired over it, they won’t tell us who. It’ll be just like their completely opaque response to the deceptively edited George Zimmerman 911 call.

Nope. Wrong. Brian Stelter reports:

Steve Capus, the president of NBC News for almost eight years, said Friday that he was leaving the network news division in the coming weeks…

In his e-mail to staff members on Friday Mr. Capus called it an “extremely difficult decision to walk away,” noting that he started at NBC as a producer 20 years ago this month. He did not make any mention of what he would do next.

“Journalism is, indeed, a noble calling, and I have much I hope to accomplish in the next phase of my career,” he wrote in his email message.

Although, y’know, it’s probably just a coincidence that this is happening just a few days after NBC’s latest crime against journalism, right? But if not, just give ‘em a minute and they can dummy up some footage to make it look that way.

(Hat tip: John Nolte)

P.S. I don’t really like Steve Capus very much.

P.P.S. Happy Birthday, Andrew.