Lawyers for Jerry Sandusky plan to appeal his conviction on the grounds that an NBC interview with the former coach, which was played for jurors, contained an editing error. Sound familiar?
A misleadingly edited phone call between a 911 dispatcher and George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, aired on NBC's the "Today" show late last March. NBC issued an apology, someone was fired, and the mis-edit of the news stole the spotlight from, you know, the actual news.
Well, here we go again.
According to Reuters, three versions of Bob Costas' NBC News interview with Sandusky aired last November on different NBC shows. The version that aired on the "Today" show contained an inaccurate repetition of a question-and-answer that Sandusky's lawyers said made it appear he was stonewalling.
In the Sandusky interview with NBC, Costas asks, "Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?" according to an NBC News transcript.
Sandusky responded, "Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?"
But in the "Today" version, which was played for jurors and is still available on YouTube (here), the exchange was repeated.
Above: the version of Sandusky's interview that appeared on the "Today" show and was shown to jurors.