'Access Hollywood' Was Going to Edit Billy Bush Out Of Leaked Trump Tape: Report

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Feb. 24, 2017

Access Hollywood was editing Billy Bush's locker room banter out of the infamous Trump tape but their plan was reportedly thwarted after it was leaked by an NBC News staffer.

From the NY Post:
The infamous "Access Hollywood" tape -- in which President Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women by the hoo-ha -- was an inside job, leaked by an NBC News staffer on Billy Bush's own "Today" show, multiple sources tell Page Six.

"The tape was leaked by the NBC News division, by somebody at the 'Today' show," says one source. "NBC News knew for a while about the existence of the tape. Billy himself had told them about it. People in the news division became frustrated that 'Access Hollywood' was taking too long to air it and decided it had to come out."

"Access" had been working on airing a sanitized version of the tape, which revealed Trump's comments but protected Bush by editing out his. But the full tape, which was leaked to the Washington Post, featured Bush goading the president. The leak got Bush fired from "Today," which was, according to the source, part of the plan.

"The leaked tape served a dual purpose: It helped get Bush out of the way -- Matt Lauer didn't like him and felt he was a liability -- and NBC thought it would derail Trump," says the source. "But all it did was crush Billy, and, ironically, his own network was behind it."
If the tape was more heavily edited and held for later it may have had a bigger impact.

The tape which was released was definitely edited as well, but it was at least somewhat clear Billy Bush was egging Trump on the entire time.

Regardless, odds are it still would have failed like everything else the establishment tried.

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