First off, NBC. The audio tape they aired of Zimmerman’s 911 call was Dowdified (So called for a third rate pundit at a fourth rate paper caught quoting out of context and stitching the cherry picked sections back together such that it set the actual meaning on it’s head). NBC is “investigating” this lapse of “professionalism.”
By Eric Wimple | The Washington Post Blog -Opinion-
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.
But wait, there’s MORE. MSNBC is backing off their claim of no-injuries to Zimmerman. They’re still trying to spin, so I link to video of their “clarification” via Breitbart.
ABC has not yet begun their walkback, but the High Resolution video officially released by the Sanford Police Department clearly shows what was previously visible in only a few frames of ABC’s disingenuous low resolution video, it’s only a matter of time. Also linked at Wagist is a reconstruction of the movements of both Zimmerman and Martin based on the time stamps from the 911 call by Zimmerman.