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.