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NBC Investigates Misleading Editing of George Zimmerman 911 Call
Opposingviews ^ | 31 March, 2012 | Eugene Volokh

Posted on 04/02/2012 7:43:44 AM PDT by marktwain

Erik Wemple (The Washington Post) reports:

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.”

Here’s what appears to be the Today show’s version of what Zimmerman said:

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

Here’s what appears to be the actual 911 transcript:

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.

Unless there’s something I’m missing here, the editing seems extremely improper (“high editorial malpractice,” in The Washington Post blogger’s words). I say this not to opine on the merits of any possible criminal case against Zimmerman; this particular point isn’t about him, but about NBC.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; lmm; martin; trayvonmartin; zimmermanslander
It appears that George Zimmerman has a case for slander.
1 posted on 04/02/2012 7:43:54 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Time to advocate for an end to a free press!

They keep advocating we end capitalism, individual freedom and freedom of religion -— it’s time they are put under the same microscope.


2 posted on 04/02/2012 7:47:36 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: marktwain

In other news, the DOJ is still busy with an internal investigation of the gun running scandel, Fast and Furious.
I love internal investigations. They give the appearance of doing something.


3 posted on 04/02/2012 7:48:26 AM PDT by Seabeejas (h)
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To: marktwain

...notice how many folks at NBC have been suspended and/or fired ????


4 posted on 04/02/2012 7:49:09 AM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: marktwain

They will investigate meaning they will look under a table and say “Nope, couldn’t find anything”


5 posted on 04/02/2012 7:49:37 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between lose and loose.)
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To: marktwain

Even our local station KVUE (Austin, TX) is running similar horse hockey and is still showing the outdated pictures of the innocent widdle angel and the mean white hispanic killer in orange jail garb.


6 posted on 04/02/2012 7:49:44 AM PDT by bgill
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To: marktwain
“we're investigating what we did and why we did it. We have been very naughty and we will probably send ourselves to our room after we find out what we did. Probably without desert.”
7 posted on 04/02/2012 7:50:44 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: marktwain

That kind of editing didn’t result from “hamhandedness”, it was deliberate.


8 posted on 04/02/2012 7:51:07 AM PDT by mrsmel
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To: marktwain

Eh, they are going to look into it and get to the bottom of it.... SURE THEY ARE. I would like to make and market a T-shirt of Zimmerman at 12 years old and put “NBC SUX” on the shirt.


9 posted on 04/02/2012 7:53:42 AM PDT by DOGHEAD
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To: marktwain

Eh, they are going to look into it and get to the bottom of it.... SURE THEY ARE. I would like to make and market a T-shirt of Zimmerman at 12 years old and put “NBC SUX” on the shirt.


10 posted on 04/02/2012 7:53:57 AM PDT by DOGHEAD
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To: marktwain

It’s the MSM.

Nothing will happen.

Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

I’m hoping someone will take care of them during CW-II.


11 posted on 04/02/2012 7:54:19 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: marktwain
The dispatcher started it all by asking an improper question. The race ,ethnicity or hue of the suspect should have been of no interest to him/her.

NBC apparently jumped on the opportunity to misreport the facts for the purpose creating a racial incident that never existed in reality. This could have cost Zimmerman his life as the first of many, had the possible riots occurred.

12 posted on 04/02/2012 7:58:01 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (" O", bred to be red.)
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To: mrsmel
That kind of editing didn’t result from “hamhandedness”, it was deliberate.

Exactly. It was intentional and the editors were probably sitting around with smirks on their faces making comments about us knuckleheads.

13 posted on 04/02/2012 7:58:57 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: F.J. Mitchell
“The dispatcher started it all by asking an improper question. The race ,ethnicity or hue of the suspect should have been of no interest to him/her.”

Are you being sarcastic? If so, you forgot your sarc notice. (I'm asking because some people here on FR of late might make a statement like that in all seriousness!)

14 posted on 04/02/2012 8:09:11 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: F.J. Mitchell

I think it was a legitimate question by the dispatcher...When the police pesponds to a 911 call, they need any and all information of what to look for...including race, height, weight, gender, clothing etc.....


15 posted on 04/02/2012 8:09:57 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: marktwain
...ham-handedly abridged the conversation ..

Is that the new liberal elite term for 'lying'?

16 posted on 04/02/2012 8:12:12 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

My bad.


17 posted on 04/02/2012 8:13:46 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (" O", bred to be red.)
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To: marktwain

NBC News is supposedly investigating the editing of the video that shows the back of Zimmerman’s head.

It seems that NBC News has some serious internal problems — they are again caught with their credibility down around their ankles.


18 posted on 04/02/2012 8:15:22 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Boonie

I think it was a legitimate question by the dispatcher...
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If you can believe the original “facts” served up approx 2 weeks after the incident, when Z mentioned the guy was black I would venture to say that was because blacks had been accused of break ins earlier and - as reported - Z was probably on a first name basis with the various 911 people in the area - which IMNSHO - generated the “we don’t need you doing that (sic)” comment, much like if you were to call me and say your garage door is open and I am going to close it and I tell you “no thanks, I will be there in a minute”.

Of course common sense took a leave of absence long ago, especially in this case.


19 posted on 04/02/2012 8:16:50 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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To: marktwain

I’m sure it just happened by accident and was a harmless mistake. /sarc


20 posted on 04/02/2012 8:16:50 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: Boonie

My bad. Message to self: engage brain before posting.


21 posted on 04/02/2012 8:17:25 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (" O", bred to be red.)
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To: marktwain

“Fake but accurate.”


22 posted on 04/02/2012 8:19:40 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: marktwain
"It appears that George Zimmerman has a case for slander. "

Exactly my first thought. No way is he a "public figure."

23 posted on 04/02/2012 8:20:28 AM PDT by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: cookcounty

Even if he was a public figure, editing like that is malicious and he would still have grounds for a libel suit.


24 posted on 04/02/2012 8:29:08 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: F.J. Mitchell
"The dispatcher started it all by asking an improper question. The race ,ethnicity or hue of the suspect should have been of no interest to him/her."

Ummm... huh? Are the police just supposed to stop everyone they see?

Maybe it helps to narrow the suspects down a bit.

"profiling" is goooood, not evil. That way they do not have to stop 80 year old gramma's on the street 'just to be fair' to every ethnic group.

25 posted on 04/02/2012 8:29:56 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: marktwain

The NBC investigative team is probably headed up by their cable news show host, Al Sharpton.


26 posted on 04/02/2012 8:31:26 AM PDT by fuzzthatwuz
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To: marktwain

I’m also reading and listening to these “voice experts” who have concluded the screams for help are not Zimmerman.

They are using a calm voice phone message left by Zimmerman, against the screams for help over a distant 911 phone call tape.

They say the voices match 48% but it should match 90% They also say the voice is that of a “young person”.

It’s absolute BS, but if Martin was screaming for help, why did Z have injuries and M none?

Then there was a witness who SAW and heard Z as he screamed for help.

This all is very tragic.


27 posted on 04/02/2012 8:33:10 AM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: marktwain

I HOPE ZIMMERMAN HIRES A LAWYER RIGHT NOW!!!
AND SUES THEM OUT OF EXISTANCE!!!

The rest of the media might start reporting it fairly.

GIVE A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW GEORGE


28 posted on 04/02/2012 8:33:41 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: F.J. Mitchell

Shirley you jest !


29 posted on 04/02/2012 8:34:33 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq !)
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To: marktwain

They simply don’t care. In fact, NBC is probably PROUD of their work!


30 posted on 04/02/2012 8:39:46 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: ptsal
...notice how many folks at NBC have been suspended and/or fired ????

LOL - the folks at NBC know which side is OK to lie about - and which side is NOT OK to lie about.

If some NBC phony had lied about the black kid, they'd be fired, desks cleaned out, and escorted to some dump by now... But lie about Zimmerman? Well, it's all it good fun...

31 posted on 04/02/2012 8:41:25 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: marktwain
Yelp...George should not have to worry about moving out of his current home. Nice beach front abode with hired security should be in his future.

Add all the other media that echoed the material and he won't have to work another day in his life.

Go George. File the lawsuit now as a shot across the bow.

32 posted on 04/02/2012 8:51:15 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Stand with God anhttp://sanfordfl.gov/inved Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: marktwain
Eh.... this is obviously one of those MSM-patented "fake, but accurate" stories!

Why can't all you racist, bigoted, gun-toting, bible-thumping conservatives understand the importance of this situation? Are you all so close-minded that you didn't HEAR the obvious RACISM in Zimmerman's voice? I mean, Marlee Matlin could hear his disdain for Martin's race!

Do I NEED a sarcasm tag?
33 posted on 04/02/2012 8:57:55 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: marktwain

and in other news the nazi’s will be investigating amongst allegations of anti-semites in their group...


34 posted on 04/02/2012 8:59:45 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

At least when W couldn’t find WMDs under a bench in the waiting room it WAS humorous, and meant that way.


35 posted on 04/02/2012 9:14:44 AM PDT by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: xrmusn

I really don’t have a clue to what you are talking about....................................


36 posted on 04/02/2012 9:17:18 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: ExTxMarine

And remember the “f***ing coons” comment they went ape over? I listened to that 10 times. Sounded like “goons” to me.


37 posted on 04/02/2012 9:28:57 AM PDT by Raebie (WS)
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To: marktwain
Hey, didn't we all learn anything from Dan Rather?

Fake but accurate!!!

38 posted on 04/02/2012 9:53:13 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Boonie

I really don’t have a clue to what you are talking about
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Actually, I am agreeing with you.
Yes, it was a legitimate question so the Police will know who and what they are ‘looking for’.

And even if he ‘offered’ it, it is reasonable as reportedly there had been several recent break ins with Black suspects, so he was allowing ‘them’ to make their own decisions as to handling it.


39 posted on 04/02/2012 12:10:23 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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To: gnickgnack2

At least when W couldn’t find WMDs under a bench in the waiting room it WAS humorous, and meant that way.


The other humorous part of the WMD was “You had to believe “W” believed they were there otherwise we would have ‘found’ something”.


40 posted on 04/02/2012 12:14:14 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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To: marktwain

Intentional incitement of the lynch mob mentality.


41 posted on 04/02/2012 2:21:29 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Mr. K

Ouch!


42 posted on 04/03/2012 8:06:53 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (" O", bred to be red.)
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To: tomkat

Ouch! Ouch! Posting while stupid is painful.


43 posted on 04/03/2012 8:09:55 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (" O", bred to be red.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

if we ever return to the old America, this whole media turned whore crap should be thoroughly disected.....


44 posted on 04/03/2012 8:15:17 AM PDT by cherry
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To: F.J. Mitchell
We'll let it go this time

lol

45 posted on 04/03/2012 8:21:10 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: tomkat

Thanks. ;-)


46 posted on 04/04/2012 1:08:14 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (" O", bred to be red.)
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