NY Times Zimmerman edit vicious online, worse in print edition. Jayson Blair started with a few mistakes, too
- "looked Black," or was "in a gray hoodie, looked Black." Not true.
Now--here is what the Times reported in some print editions (emphasis added below, scanned image above):
- "“Hey, we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood,” Mr. Zimmerman said to start the conversation with the dispatcher. And there's a real suspicious guy.
- This guy seemed to be up to no good; like he was on drugs or something; in a gray hoodie; looked black. "Now he's just staring at me," he [Zimmerman] said."
The selective edit in the print edition (not repeated, apparently, in all editions) is worse than the online edit, because it omits any hint of a question from the dispatcher, suggesting that Zimmerman simply volunteered the information that Trayvon Martin "looked black."
The Times has not yet issued a correction or apology."
4/2/12, "New York Times Repeats NBC Smear With Selective Edit of Zimmerman 911 Call," Breitbart, Big Journalism, Joel B. Pollak
- 12/10/04, "Jayson Blair: A Case Study of What Went Wrong at The New York Times," PBS.org, NewsHourOnline
"On May 1, 2003, 27-year-old New York Times reporter Jayson Blair resigned amidst charges that he plagiarized a story about the family of an American soldier in Iraq.
A scar on the reputation of one of the country's most influential newspapers, the Blair scandal launched a massive internal review of The Times' hiring, management and reporting practices and led to a staff shake-up ending with the resignation of two of the paper's top editors....
After several more mistakes, poor evaluations and a period of leave during which Blair was said to be dealing with "personal problems," a memo sent by Landman, warned management "to stop Jayson from writing for The New York Times. Right now."The memo resulted in a short suspension from deadline writing but failed to get Blair fired. In 2002, Blair was promoted to the national desk to cover the Washington, D.C.-area sniper shootings, according to the report released by the Siegal committee."...
3/31/12, Updated 4/3, NBC admits editing error on Zimmerman tape
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