NBC News to probe misleading edit of Zimmerman 911 tape
Amid withering criticism from media watchdogs, NBC News said Monday that it will conduct an internal probe into how and why an audiotape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call was altered to make the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer sound racist.
Mr. Zimmerman, who has said he fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, is at the center of a raging national controversy over race, guns and stereotyping.
“We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story,” NBC told The Washington Post blogger Erik Wemple on Monday.
In the edited tape, which ran on NBC’s “Today” show March 27, Mr. Zimmerman tells a police dispatcher that the 17-year-old “looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
NBC started investigating after Fox News and others noted that the audio recording, played in its entirety, reveals that Mr. Zimmerman’s “He looks black” comment was made after the dispatcher asked, “Is he black, white or Hispanic?” — a portion of the tape that NBC edited out.
Prominent black leaders and many in the media have cited the audio as evidence that Mr. Zimmerman shot the teen because of his race, but Mr. Zimmerman’s supporters insist the 28-year-old Hispanic, who has not been charged in the case, is not a racist.
NBC also has come under fire for allowing the Rev. Al Sharpton, a talk-show host on MSNBC, to comment on the case during his show while also spearheading protests in Florida.
Interesting. If this doesn't point out a media bias, nothing does. If the man is guilty then let the facts speak for themselves. Likewise if he is not guilty. But to purposely mislead your audience in order to invoke an emotional response is despicable and quite unnerving. A news organization's job should be to report the news, not put their wn political spin on it. That's for editorials, not the reporting of news. I hope George Zimmerman sues the crap out of NBC for this. I'm also loving the racial backpedaling. Zimmerman has gone from a white good ol' boy to being referred to as Hispanic.