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After NewsBusters blew the lid off of how NBC Nightly News deceptively edited the 911 call and police body camera footage from the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, the network silently made the corrections Thursday evening. In both instances, they included the omitted elements without any acknowledgment of wrongdoing on their part. But they couldn’t fix it and leave it alone. Instead, they went on to tout NBC star LeBron James for putting out a tweet targeting the officer.
Pretending there were “growing questions,” anchor Lester Holt continued his attempts to sow skepticism, suggesting, “authorities say [Ma’Khia] was wielding a knife.” And correspondent Meagan Fitzgerald, who replaced correspondent Kevin Tibbles on the story, also tried to portray Officer Nicholas Reardon as on a mission to kill.
“Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon arriving on the scene and opening fire. Shooting and killing 16-year-old Ma'khia Bryant, who investigators say was armed with a knife,” Fitzgerald’s voiceover said as the video highlighted the knife with a yellow circle.
This fixed one of the deceptive editorial decisions NBC made the previous night.