Via Atrios, NBC says:
Unfortunately this transcript was released prematurely. It was a topic on which we had not completed our reporting, and it was not broadcast on ‘NBC Nightly News’ nor on any other NBC News program. We removed that section of the transcript so that we may further continue our inquiry.
You know, having had some experience with transcripts I’ll admit that when word first came out about this MSNBC lapse I figured the chances were pretty high that it was simply the result of oversight and incompetence. But this bizarre press release — which appears to have been translated from the original Chinese by some Google algorithm — really clinches it.
There are people WORSE than Andrea Mitchell at NBC.
Will Bunch has more.