TPM says a report by former Massachussetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger notes:
The videos that have been released appear to have been edited, in some cases substantially, including the insertion of a substitute voiceover for significant portions of Mr. O’Keefe’s and Ms. Giles’s comments, which makes it difficult to determine the questions to which ACORN employees are responding. A comparison of the publicly available transcripts to the released videos confirms that large portions of the original video have been omitted from the released versions.
This is unethical, fraudulent journalistic behavior. I’m curious as to whether it actually constitutes slander or libel.
I’m sure the ACORN employees did display extremely unethical behavior in much of the video. But dubbing over your end of the soundtrack is completely out-of-bounds behavior that would get you drummed out of journalism. If your voice track is unclear, you insert subtitles. You don’t dub it over, and you certainly don’t dub it over and alter what you said. And the reason you don’t dub it over is that after you’ve dubbed it over, there’s no way for anyone to determine what you were originally saying.
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