Timing Of Trump 'Sex Smear' Tape Release By NBC Employer-Owners Opposite WikiLeaks
No one anywhere on Earth, seems to be asking the question of how, and why in the world did the NBCUniversal "sit on" the Access Hollywood TV 'backroom' recordings for these past 11 years (not to mention recordings from Trump's own Apprentice show on NBC) and then magically discover them in time for last Friday afternoon — when by mere coincidence... WikiLeaks had just released their own brand new dump of Clinton emails http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/10/433303.shtml
whatever, it seems to have been successful. U.S. and global corporate mass media has participated in an orgiastic two full days of Trump roasting-on-spit prior to tonight's second presidential debate.
"But other than what we heard from [Access Hollywood co-host Billy] Bush himself, there doesn't appear to be any other internal soul searching at a network that not only promoted Trump on its late night shows and had him host Saturday Night Live [where just last night Sat Oct 9 he was skewered by an Alec Baldwin satire] just last season, but actually employed Trump himself as host of The Apprentice, one of its highest rated shows in the last decade."
"More to the point, why hasn't all this terrible audio already surfaced? At any point in the last year, when there was still time to deprive Trump of the GOP nomination, did NBC brass ask Apprentice producer (and Trump friend) Mark Burnett for a look into his archives? Or were they complicit in allowing Trump to cruise to the GOP nomination when they knew there was likely evidence in Mark Burnett's basement that could disqualify him?"
Access Hollywood has been nationally syndicated in the United States since September 9, 1996. It was previously produced by NBC Studios and has changed distributors over the years, first with New World Television, then 20th Television (after News Corporation bought New World), followed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution, and then to NBC Enterprises when the network started up its own syndication division. Today, NBCUniversal Television Distribution, in association with NBC's owned-and-operated station KNBC has been solely responsible for its production and distribution since 2004. Warner Bros. continues its involvement with the program, now being responsible for barter ad sales for Access Hollywood.
Stephen Miller @ Heat Street asks:
NN's Brian Stelter has a good summation of how the tape made it into the press via David Farenthold from the Washington Post, who ended up breaking the story:
"The videotape of Donald Trump that is shaking up the presidential election sat forgotten on a shelf at NBC's "Access Hollywood" until just a few days ago.
On Monday, according to an NBC source, one of the entertainment newsmagazine's producers remembered Trump's 2005 taping session with former "Access" co-host Billy Bush.
Trump's offensive comments about Alicia Machado were still making waves. And the Associated Press had just published a detailed story quoting former "Apprentice" employees saying Trump "was lewd and sexist" while taping the reality show. With that in mind, a producer dug up the tape.
By mid-week, executive producer Rob Silverstein and his producing team had taken a look at its contents, and discovered that among other things it included a moment in which Trump told Bush, "And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."
The release of the tape, in which Billy Bush can be heard laughing along to Trump's lewd sexual quips and making embarrassing, frat boy-like comments of his own, resulted in Bush deleting his Twitter account and releasing a formal apology.
Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the Today show is in crisis mode about what to do with Bush.
But other than what we heard from Bush himself, there doesn't appear to be any other internal soul searching at a network that not only promoted Trump on its late night shows and had him host Saturday Night Live just last season, but actually employed Trump himself as host of The Apprentice, one of its highest rated shows in the last decade.
Indeed, NBC's behavior surrounding the tape is highly suspicious and raises several questions:
Stelter reports that NBC found the tape on Monday, and were still debating how to report on its existence when it was leaked to the Washington Post on Friday. What really was taking NBC so long? It only took the Post a few hours to publish the material.
Was NBC sitting on the audio because it was worried about the damage it would do to Billy Bush?
Why did someone within NBC feel compelled to leak the audio to the Washington Post? Was it because NBC never actually intended to release the audio until after the election?
NBC News reporters and anchors are spending plenty of time asking for comment from Republicans about the Donald Trump tape - but they aren't asking tough questions of their own bosses. We've gotten no statement of culpability from the network that not only sat on this audio for more than a decade, but also enabled and promoted Trump for just as long. Trump was reportedly paid three million dollars per episode of Celebrity Apprentice alone.
Will NBC itself be held accountable for its role in promoting and employing Trump for 14 seasons of The Apprentice, 12 of which came after the 2005 interview with Billy Bush?
According to Bill Pruitt, a producer on the first two seasons, there exist many tapes of Trump from the Apprentice days which he claims are far worse than the Bush audio. If so, why did NBC continue to employ Trump for 12 more seasons?
More to the point, why hasn't all this terrible audio already surfaced? At any point in the last year, when there was still time to deprive Trump of the GOP nomination, did NBC brass ask Apprentice producer (and Trump friend) Mark Burnett for a look into his archives? Or were they complicit in allowing Trump to cruise to the GOP nomination when they knew there was likely evidence in Mark Burnett's basement that could disqualify him?
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