Will NBC Have Blood On It’s Hands?


July 15, 2013 by esarsea

Randy brought this bit of news to my attention in the comments section of a previous post, but I thought it deserved it’s own section for further discussion.

In a recent news story regarding the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin shooting, NBC edited and then broadcast the 911 call that Zimmerman placed to the police department.

Here’s what the 911 call center provided to NBC News:

Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something, It raining, and he’s just walking around, looking about.”

911 Dispatcher: “Ok, this guy, is he white, black or hispanic?”

Zimmerman: “He looks black.”

And here’s how NBC edited that conversation for broadcast:

Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”

Here’s the clip that Randy shared earlier:

NBC’s actions in my opinion are not only completely unacceptable, but could (and should) make them criminally liable if their broadcast was to precipitate acts of retaliatory violence.

3 thoughts on “Will NBC Have Blood On It’s Hands?

  1. torqdog says:

    I could make a post the size of a small novel on this subject but I’m so stinkin fed-up with people and media in this country I could scream!

  2. Bill says:

    When a passenger jet from Korea landed short of the runway in S.F. recently and a local-area tv news station called the National Tranpo Safety Admin to get the pilot’s names, a summer intern manning the phones gave them a list of racist, mocking Asian-sounding stereotypical names like We Too Lo and four others. I’ve watched incredulously as the anchor read those names in a video clip that has gone viral.

    Who’s responsible, the kid at National Transpo Safety who punked the station? The station contact who took the bait and ran with it? The studio teleprompter operator who transcribed the phone call list of names into what the anchor read on air? The anchor for reading such nonsense and not ‘getting it’ before she read all five out loud? The news producer or technical director who didn’t hit the 7-second broadcast delay safety feature for live on-air mistakes to be caught?

    In television news, especially, it takes a village of idiots to screw something up so badly. Occam’s Razor, a philosophical attitude that often the simplest explanation is the correct answer, would dictate that there’s no conspiracy, just human failings at each opportunity to catch them.

    Now, if you asked me about Sean Hannity using images of one of Obama’s jam-packed 2008 campaign rallies in DC and telling the world that it was from an actual, anemically-attended Tea Party Rally and march that same season, I’d probably agree that they all suck!

  3. Bill says:

    Update: As of today, the news producer I mentioned as a possibility near the end of paragraph 2 as another link that could have stopped it if they were paying attention, got canned over this.

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