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NBC to investigate itself over editing 911 call of George Zimmerman

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported this weekend that NBC is investigating why the "Today" show edited the 911 call from Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, in such a way that it appeared more racially inflammatory than need be:

As exposed by Fox News and media watchdog site NewsBusters, the “Today” segment took this approach to a key part of the dispatcher call:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

Here’s how the actual conversation went down:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.

The difference between what “Today” put on its air and the actual tape? Complete: In the “Today” version, Zimmerman volunteered that this person “looks black,” a sequence of events that would more readily paint Zimmerman as a racial profiler. In reality’s version, Zimmerman simply answered a question about the race of the person whom he was reporting to the police. Nothing prejudicial at all in responding to such an inquiry.

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MommaHanna

THANK YOU for making this known. Right now the bulk of the media continues to edit the facts to substaniate their personl opinions. Fact the law has no opinion, it only looks a the full set of facts. Sharpton & Jackson need to be held financially responsible for libel if after a court of law finds that Zimmerman acted in self defense. They are just two buzzards circling around this young man's dead body trying to make race an issue. THEY DISGUST ME!

Ben B.

This is gross misconduct on NBC's part and its ridiculous how they attempted to defend their stance that it wasn't edited to paint a different picture. That said, too many people are focusing on the idea that Zimmerman's shooting Trayvon was racially motivated but instead they should focus more on the fact that Zimmerman even put himself in the situation. I still think he's guilty of at least manslaughter only because he turned an innocent situation into one that resulted in someone being killed (accidentally). Had Trayvon approached his car, then that is different. Pursuing a person cannot be labeled as self-defense.

Andrew Russo

No one has explained to me yet why an adult weighing over 250 lbs needs a firearm for self-defense against a minor weighing under 200 lbs. Once that is explained then we can discuss whether Zimmerman is being crucified or not.

I have seen the map of the communtiy where this took place, and how far away from any road that a vehicle could drive on Martin's body was found. No citizens neighborhood watch volunteer has any business following a "suspicious" person around. I have participated in neighborhood watch programs and these people are not deputized, they are supposed to be additional eyes and ears for the authorities. Trayvon was not threatening anyones safety, he was not attempting to break into a home, he was not damaging property. Zimmerman and his preconceptions and paranoias caused this tragedy. All that is left to decide is if and to what degree is he criminally responsible for an avoidable death.

Me

Well if he doesn't get charged, he'll definitely lose a wrongful death suit.

whasup

Oh no! Say it ain't so!

A major network's morning show is full of gun-hating media vigilantes who want to use their power to turn Zimmerman into a monster and use his case to destroy Florida's good "stand your ground" law?

Who da thunk it?

Thanks for highlighting this, for those of us who don't watch FOX or need to in order to be told what to think.

Steve T.

For Andrew Russo: I weigh over 200 lbs. Manny Pacquiao weight 145 lbs. Manny could not only knock me down with a single punch, he could kill me.
You don't know what happened in this incident. I don't know what happened. I do know that those with an agenda are twisting information to fit that agenda.
What are you asking for? The same as Al Sharpton and the New Black Panther Party?
A mob to root out Mr. Zimmerman and hang him? Jes, get a grip.

John Simmons

@andrew

Police report says Zimmerman weighs 180 lbs. furthermore although a twig, Martin is 6'3"...

Not commenting on the case itself as facts need to still come out, but you have been fooled by the miss information of the left wing media.

zimmerman--BOOM

Some thugs on drugs don't even feel gunshots /zimmerman was lucky this druggie felt the cap.zimmerman had every rite in the world to be there he lived in the freaking neighberhood!!!

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