According to the SFLTV report, an insider said several employees at NBC Miami and NBC news including an editor or photographer were questioned before the network concluded Burnside was ultimately responsible for the misleading edits on NBC Miami's clip and fired him on Friday.
NBC’s “Today” show aired that tape, which removed context from Zimmerman’s conversation with a 911 operator. The original call transcript said:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
The edit changed Zimmerman’s words to: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
We take this incident very seriously and apologize to our viewers,” a spokesperson for the NBC O&Os tells TVSpy.
Burnside declined to discuss what happened.
“This is obviously very, very complicated,” he told The Miami Herald. “I have nothing but good things to say about the NBC6 family.”
Burnside filed at least 9 stories on the Martin case for NBC Miami, including an interview with activist Rev. (apparently since removed) and at least one live report from Sanford where the 17-year-old Martin was shot walking through the gated neighborhood of his father's girlfriend.