April 4, 2012
NBC 'Apologizes' For Editing Zimmerman's 911 CallTopics: Follies of the Mainstream Media
NBC calls it "an error made in the production process" that they deeply regret. I've called it what it actually is ... deliberate, blatant abd irresponsible journalistic lying with an agenda to incite racial discontent. After all, an "error" is something done unintentional, but NBC's editing out portions of the call to make Zimmerman appear racist clearly had to be a purposeful distortion of the facts. Clearly, in no way could it have happened in "error"!
But I digress.
Erik Wemple reports at the WaPo: NBC issues apology on Zimmerman tape screw-up:
NBC has completed its investigation into the mishandling of the police dispatcher's conversation with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. And the process ends with a finding of error, plus an apology. Here is the statement just issued by the network:"Reaction on Twitter and elsewhere to my previous post on this matter, was brutal toward NBC, with many comments suggesting the worst about the network's motivations, reliability and so on" ... and rightfully so. As Wemple aptly goes on to note, NBC's statement is skimpy on the details on just how the mistake unfolded. Nor does it articulate an apology directly to George Zimmerman, the "viewer" who is most aggrieved by the screw-up. Notice also that NBC says nothing about the who, what, when, where, how, and why of the obviously purposeful edit. One can only be left with the knowledge that there's people employed there, including the management at NBC and MSNBC, that has an agenda and is more interested in creating the news than reporting it.
During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.
That apology addresses the "Today" show's failure to abridge accurately the conversation between Zimmerman and the dispatcher in this high-profile case. This is how the program portrayed a segment of that conversation:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black.
And here is how it actually went down:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like 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.
No matter how you feel about Zimmerman, that bit of tape editing was unfair to the truth and to Zimmerman's reputation, such as it is. Reaction on Twitter and elsewhere to my previous post on this matter, was brutal toward NBC, with many comments suggesting the worst about the network's motivations, reliability and so on. (Emphasis mine)
BTW, I couldn't help but notice that Wemple's piece at the WaPo uses the most common photo of Zimmerman - a 2005 police mugshot from when he was 22 after he was arrested for assaulting an officer (The charges were dropped) ... instead of the current image used in this post which allows one to better "appreciate the life experience or further context of the individual." As I've previously pointed out, the Orlando Sentinel has confirmed that George Zimmerman is employed as a forensic loan review analyst.
Posted by Hyscience at April 4, 2012 8:37 AM
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