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April 10, 2012

NBC News Now Deceptively Editing Its Past Publishing History With Respect to "He Looks Black" Edit of Zimmerman's 911 Call

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media, Political News and commentaries

NBC is now editing its use of the "He looks black" edit in a series of stories that employed it, without noting it is making a correction (hat tip - Ace):

NBC is busy taking down the evidence of its repeated usage of its bogus edit of the George Zimmerman 911 call. This follows the firing of a producer for the use of the same bad edit on the March 27 Today Show. Left unanswered - what about the March 22 use on the Today Show? [LATE ADD: a third usage of "He looks black" has been found and edited out of existence (but not Google Cache!) at NBC 6 Miami, as described below. When will the Elite Media sniff a cover-up?]

Twelve days ago Dan Riehl found this at MSNBC:

"This guy looks like he's up to no good ... he looks black," Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car. His father has said that Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up in a multiracial family, and is not racist.
The use of ellipsis clearly indicate that the conversation was clipped. This version has since been re-edited (without any explanation) to include the complete exchange.

Yesterday the discovery by Les Jones of two similar bad edits at NBC 6 Miami for stories from March 19 and March 20 was widely broadcast by the InstaPundit. As of this writing, those stories have been "fixed" by the web editors to eliminate the troublesome passages (and are marked as updated April 9; the specific update is unexplained)...

And on Monday Jeralyn Merritt discovered, with Lexis, this Today Show transcript from March 22 with the same bad edit. So far that is still online, but a screenshot is [at the link -- ace].

[And let me add - in the updates I discover at least one, possibly two new NBC 6 Miami stories from Mar 17 and Mar 19 that were re-edited on April 9 and *may have* contained the bad edit]

So, it seems to be a bit of a race - can NBC sweep this down the memory hole before the crowd notices?

Meanwhile, the 'crowd' isn't even paying attention.

Tom Maguire has much more on this.

Related:
"Seasoned" NBC News producer fired, still anonymous
NBC 'Apologizes' For Editing Zimmerman's 911 Call
Getting Down to Realtyville on the Trevon Martin Case
On the Manipulation of the Tragedy of Trayvon Martin

Posted by Hyscience at April 10, 2012 1:13 PM



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