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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Update: NBC admits edit error on Zimmerman tape....NBC TV maliciously edits video to make Trayvon Martin shooter look racist, MSNBC error on website

UPDATE #2: 4/5/12, "CNN Enhances Zimmerman 911 Call Again — And Reporter Now Doubts Racial Slur Used," "The audio expert agreed it sounded like “cold,” [not 'coon] and said the new method gets rid of a lot more background noise but doesn’t change the voice or words."...The maliciously edited version has had over a week to go viral and incite hatred, bounties, and violence. Even if a correction is announced, experience suggests only the first version will be remembered. "NBC told this blog today that it would investigate its handling of a piece on the “Today” show that ham-handedly abridged the conversation between George Zimmerman and a dispatcher in the moments before the death of Trayvon Martin. A statement from NBC:
“We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story.”

Great news right there. 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.

In an appearance on Fox News’s “Hannity,” Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, called this elision on the part of ”Today” an “all-out falsehood” — not just a distortion or misrepresentation.

And it’s a falsehood with repercussions. Much of the public discussion over the past week has settled on how conflicting facts and interpretations call into question whether Zimmerman acted justifiably or criminally. That’s a process that’ll continue. But one set of facts is ironclad, and that’s the back-and-forth between Zimmerman and the dispatcher. To portray that exchange in a way that wrongs Zimmerman is high editorial malpractice well worthy of the investigation that NBC is now mounting."
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"Following in line with their broadcast television colleagues who deliberately edited the audio of a 9-1-1 call of George Zimmerman, the Florida community watch volunteer who shot teenager Trayvon Martin, to falsely impute racist motives to him, MSNBC.com, in an unbylined piece did the exact same thing in text form, stripping out vital information which made Zimmerman appear to be racially motivated against Martin, who is black.

After being criticized, MSNBC.com restored the proper context but never posted a retraction, correction notice, or an apology for doing so. Originally, the story quoted from Zimmerman's call to 9-1-1 and edited the text to say the following: "'This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,' Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car."

But here is what MSNBC/NBC News left out thanks to “a convenient ellipses” (as first noted by Breitbart.com blogger Dan Riehl):

ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he's up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he's on drugs or something. It's raining, and he's just walking around, looking about.

911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]

ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

With this in mind, Riehl stated:

Not only did Zimmerman not equate Martin's skin color with his looking suspicious; he didn't even initiate the comment. It was simply a response to the police dispatcher.

Instead, the community watch leader was speculating based upon what he could determine at night in the rain to answer the police dispatcher.

Since then, the news channel has changed that paragraph of the story on its website so it reads as follows:

This guy looks like he’s up to no good,” Zimmerman said in a 911 call. Asked by a dispatcher if he was white, Hispanic or black, he replied, "He looks black." (Italics supplied)

However, no one from MSNBC or NBC News has issued an apology regarding the error."... via Weasel Zippers

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4/2/12, More examples of how it's better not to trust media exuberance in cases of this nature

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2 Comments:

  • How come no one is mentioning the under the breath statement by Zimmerman "^%$#ing Coon"?

    He says that clearly but quietly.

    Zimmerman was a racist. I tell you as someone who lives in Texas you can't get worse sometimes than some half minority wanting to prove he is white by acting whiter than white. I see it all the time here. it is low.

    By Blogger Laura, at 1:44 PM  

  • Re: the epithet you mention, it is being discussed because I heard about it Sunday evening March 25 on a NY radio talk show. A caller to WABC's Aaron Klein mentioned it. I've listened to the tape as well as analysis of it as to whether he said that word or a different word (since it's barely audible). Perhaps scientific analysis can render a more definitive judgment. Everything on the tape is of course evidence. Such would be the case if tapes were available preceding killings of non-black people. No one wants to hide evidence except major media and for deadly purposes including inciting hatred, violence, likely injury and death. The 2 examples in this post may never have been caught were it not for a private citizen checking the networks' work. Even if these things are corrected most people will never hear of it, and irreparable damage has been done to a person's ability to get a fair trial, to the entire white race, to the entire bi-racial population, to this country, and to hate profiteers around the world. In such environments people like Al Sharpton come in, people do die (Sharpton and Freddie's Fashion Mart), are falsely accused and have their lives ruined as Al Sharpton did in the Tawana Brawley case to Steven Pagones which Sharpton finally admitted he made up. ABC News put an "analysis" out that Zimmerman wasn't injured which got millions in publicity. Now ABC is saying maybe he was injured after all, but of course the damage is done. I don't doubt your experience in Texas but my own experience with people who are rotten is they had poor or non-existent parenting. There is ample information to suggest Zimmerman isn't racist but even if he is as you state, that evidence alone cannot convict a person of murder. Where was Obama when a young, gay black man was attacked by a group a black teens in Georgia in February? He was thrown to the pavement and kicked repeatedly, could have suffered brain damage or even died. Why didn't Obama say in the Rose Garden that boy could have been his son? Why didn't he say that about black on white killings since Jan. 2009? There's only one answer. Obama is a hate monger and a racist. He and the media are trying to slant our established system of justice. Perhaps you and I see things differently, but I appreciate your comment.

    By Blogger susan, at 11:38 PM  

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