“Bite me, Jew Boy,” writes NBC Producer to Anti-ACORN Group Director

NBC News prez blasts ALG: ‘reckless’ and ‘defamatory’

Methinks NBC doth protesteth too much.

NBC News president Steve Capus fired back at Americans for Limited Government (ALG) Friday, after the conservative group published an email allegedly from NBC producer Jane Stone to its director of media outreach Alex Rosenwald, with one line: “Bite me Jew Boy.”

“I’m still in shock, and outraged that this reckless organization would go out with such a defamatory, irresponsible statement,” Capus told POLITICO. “We have done a complete email analysis, all of our IT, all of our records.”

Here’s what both sides agree on: Stone responded Thursday to a mass email from ALG.

But Stone’s response email—provided to POLITICO—did not have any anti-Semitic comment. In fact, it had just one line: “Take me off this list!”

“Somebody, on the other end, I’m assuming, took the return stamp from the email and then put in this hateful message,” Capus said. “I don’t know who did it. It’s outrageous to suspect that somebody from NBC News would do it.”

Capus said he contacted the group and asked them to rescind the press release that accompanied publication of the email. He said that ALG would not agree, and the instead responded with a “politically-fueled rant against NBC, and a completely irresponsible diatribe.”

Stone is a 15-year employee at NBC, and also teaches at NYU. (In full disclosure: I took her class on “Press Ethics” in spring 2004, and was therefore shocked by the allegations made by ALG).

You can see ALG’s version of the email here on their website. I’m including the email Stone sent ALG—which NBC verifies—here, with version ALG says it received.

From: Stone, Jane (NBC Universal)
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 1:57 PM
To: ‘arosenwald@getliberty.org’
Subject: Re: ALG Calls on Congress to “Put Up or Shut Up” on Defunding ACORN

Take me off this list!

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Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld


From: Stone, Jane (NBC Universal) [Jane.Stone@nbcuni.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 1:57 PM
To: Alex Rosenwald
Subject: Re: ALG Calls on Congress to “Put Up or Shut Up” on Defunding ACORN

Bite me Jew boy!

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Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld

POLITICO.COM

I have since heard that electronic tracers have confimmed the “Bite me, Jew boy” email did in fact come from Stone’s Blackberry. I wouldn’t put anything past NBC, Obama’s personal media outlet.

From ALG:

Statement by Carter L. Clews to Steve Capus’ “Stonegate Scandal” Comments

The increasingly hysterical responses by NBC news boss Steve Capusand NBC News itself to the escalating Stonegate Scandal are disappointing at best and chilling at worst. Here is a man who runs what used to be a highly respected major news bureau who now finds himself conjuring up gremlins in cyberspace to defend what appears to be horrendously bigoted behavior within his own news room.

Having spoken directly with Mr. Capus for nearly 15 minutes Friday afternoon, I want to once again repeat my offer to him: if you really don’t believe that Ms Stone sent the “Bite me, Jew boy” email to ALG staffer Alex Rosenwald, we will be happy to work with you to track down who sent it from her Blackberry using her email address.

This is precisely the same offer I made to Ms Stone at 11:00AM Friday morning, when she denied having sent any such email to Alex Rosenwald. Now, Mr. Capus has changed her story to say that, yes, she sent an email on Thursday, but it did not say “Bite me, Jew boy.”

Again, we are more than willing to help NBC resolve its internal problems, but Mr. Capus needs to work with those trying to ferret out the full story, not against, us. Tom Brokaw, one of Mr. Capus’s closest friends has said of the NBC news boss, “He does have a little bit of a hair trigger. He could blow. But I could always walk in and close the door and say, ‘Take a breath.’ “

My message to Mr. Capus now is, “Take a breath, and let’s try to get to the bottom of what has now become of your once-respected news organization.”

Mr. Clews is the Director of Communications for Americans for Limited Government, the group that exposed the NBC email.  GET LIBERTY

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