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NBC vs. ALG. Anti-Semitic Email or “Smear Campaign”

NBCLogo_9.26.gifDid an NBC News producer really respond to an email from the group Americans for Limited Government with, “Bite Me Jew Boy” or did she write, “Take me off this list!”?

That’s the issue Politico’s Michael Calderone has been following. Yesterday, just before 2pmET, ALG sent around a mass email aimed at congressional action on defunding ACORN. Just a few minutes later NBC producer Jane Stone, a 15-year employee of the company, responded.

ALG claims her response to its director of media outreach Alex Rosenwald was “Bite me Jew Boy.” An accusation that has “shocked” NBC News president Steve Capus. “Somebody, on the other end, I’m assuming, took the return stamp from the email and then put in this hateful message,” Capus told Calderone. “I don’t know who did it. It’s outrageous to suspect that somebody from NBC News would do it.”

After Politico’s story, ALG responded saying they “are saddened that instead of helping us to get to the bottom of the hateful email that was indeed sent from NBC’s server, and this can be verified, and was not tampered with, which can also be verified, that NBC President Steve Capus has instead chosen to circle the wagons… We have confirmed that it indeed came from NBC’s server and Jane Stone’s email address.”

Then NBC News issued an official statement on the matter which, in part, reads: “Faced with irrefutable evidence that our employee did nothing more than ask to be removed from an email mailing list, the organization has maliciously published a fabricated email. Our employee never sent any such email. She is completely innocent of the outrageous charges and is being used by an organization to make a self-serving point.”

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