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March 31, 2012

Racial Incitement By NBC: The Network Aired Edited Zimmerman 911 Audio (Updated)

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Writing at Big Journalism, Dan Riehl politely poses it as a question, but reading the actual exchange contained in his post makes it absolutely clear. Regardless of whether NBC did it out of sheer stupidity or on purpose ... the net effect was racial incitement through it's purposely grossly edited audio of George Zimmerman's 911 call (some emphasis added):

Two days ago, Big Journalism reported on a published report by MSNBC staff and NBC News that contained an irresponsibly edited quote from George Zimmerman's 911 call that mislead to portray him as racist. It's now emerged that NBC actually aired an edited version of the call that matches the published report.
In the NBC segment, Zimmerman says: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black."

The full version, though, unfolds like this:

strong>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."

911 operator: "Okay. And this guy, is he white black or Hispanic?"

Zimmerman: "He looks black."

After playing both versions, Hannity said: "They forgot the dispatcher's question! How could NBC, in good conscience, do that?"

"This isn't bias, this isn't distortion, this is an all-out falsehood by NBC News," answers Bozell, who runs a conservative watchdog group called the Media Research Center.

Here's more via NewsBusters. This appears to be getting beyond biased reporting by the media at this point. In effect, they are slandering George Zimmerman by misrepresenting what he said on a 911 call so outrageously as to be beyond any standard of an ethical media. And still Obama remains silent after stirring things up early on.
Reacting angrily to selective editing by NBC that suggested racial animus by George Zimmerman, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell complained to Fox News's Sean Hannity last night that NBC News was engaged in an "all-out falsehood." The story in question was a March 27 Ron Allen report on NBC's 'Today' in which 911 audio was edited to make it sound like George Zimmerman said "he looks black" immediately after saying "this guy looks like he's up to no good."
It's a shame that purposefully reporting, indeed creating - misinformation, isn't a criminal offense. At the very least, reporting of purposefully created misinformation such as this needs to always be exposed for what it is ... blatant journalistic irresponsible lying with an agenda to incite racial discontent.

By the way, the image at the top of this post is a current image of George Zimmerman. The images published by most of the mainstream media are not current and do not accurately convey a true picture of the two (The dominant photo of Treyvon Martin shows him 13 or 14 years old, while the most common photo of Zimmerman is a 2005 police mugshot from when he was 22 after he was arrested for assaulting an officer (The charges were dropped.)). As Kenny Irby, Poynter's senior faculty for visual journalism and diversity points out at the link, "The images used are clearly prejudicial to both men" ... "If those are the repeating images, then we continually reinforce prejudice and negative emotions. We never get to appreciate the life experience or further context of either individual."

The Orlando Sentinel has confirmed that George Zimmerman is employed as a forensic loan review analyst.

Update: NBC to do 'internal investigation' on Zimmerman segment (Having been caught, now NBC is trying to appear responsible by "investigating the editorial process" when that "editorial process" was clearly undertaken with an agenda approved of by NBC.)

Update 2: ABCNews Retracts Claim That George Zimmerman Wasn't Injured?

Posted by Hyscience at March 31, 2012 6:35 PM

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