Amateur hour editing
Via Cherniak, go to CFRA. Money quote:
Host: "Those are edited, and that's amateur hour editing."One allegation is that the words 'Cabinet is quick' (in Punjabi) were spliced into the tape to make it sound as if Grewal would be given a cabinet post right away.
Editing Guy: "Yeah, I'd be fired if I did that."
Update from CFRA:
Tale Of The Tape: Grewal Tapes Disputed
Thursday, June 2, 2005
The battle of the tapes made by Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal has taken a "forensic" turn.
The Liberals and Conservatives are arguing over whether the tapes have been doctored, or edited in any way.
Grewal claims the tapes prove the Liberals offered him rewards, perhaps even a cabinet position, if he sat out the May 19th confidence vote.
But the Liberals say Grewal's tapes have been doctored, a charge the Conservatives flatly deny.
CFRA producers have examined the .wav files of the tapes and offer their opinions.
Both believe the tapes have been edited.
Note: The following are the opinions of the producers and are not being presented as proof. Our producers are not forensic investigators.
Madely in the Morning technical producer Mike Murphy says that the first excerpt has two audible "clicks" where it appears that another piece of tape has been inserted. Murphy says that the clicks are visible by spikes in the .wav file (pictured above).
CFRA producer Barry Hayes says the background noise in the other tape could be proof of an edit. He say it appears that the part the Liberals claim was inserted into the tape may have come from another venue because of the difference in background noise.
Both said that the editing job looks "Amateurish". Murphy says that if he were teaching an editing course and a student turned this in, he or she would certainly fail the assignment.