Here is the edited out piece of Donald Sterling’s secretly recorded audio from Deadspin (start at 1:20):
Why was this edited out? This part is even more offensive than the first part, in my opinion, as Sterling throws his own under the bus in the same breath as he throws V.’s–a double whammy! Knowing as we now do that the tape was deliberately cut before TMZ released it into the wild, one must ask, who made the call to cut out this segment? It certainly was as newsworthy as the tape that TMZ did release. Was Sterling set up from the start? V. claims she did not release the recording, and that makes sense because presumably her only motive in making the tape would have been blackmail anyway. But who did she give it to? Who had access to it? Who knew about it? And who gave the green light to a media blitz against Sterling?
I assume releasing a selected portion of the audio was a calculated decision for three reasons: (1) part but not all of the tape was released – that implies some high level decision-making and a willingness and some ability to hold back rather than a hard-hitting journalist making a full report; (2) TMZ presumably depends on industry insiders to get much of their info – if they go off half-cocked and infuriate sports owners or leagues or whomever, they can expect to be shut out of future insider info, so presumably they would have vetted a huge story like this first; (3) the Victoria Nuland call in which she (our assistant secretary of state) was caught on tape plotting the coup in Ukraine was completely and thoroughly buried by the mainstream media. This could actually lead to WWIII or Cold War II – surely more newsworthy than anything Donald Sterling says, right? Yet that audio was buried. The media gatekeepers screened out that call but let this call go through – and edited it to boot. What gives?