George Zimmerman Suing NBC Over Edited 911 Transcript
Back in March, during the height of the media storm surrounding the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin incident, NBC News aired a transcript of a 911 call George Zimmerman placed on the night of Martin’s death. The problem is that someone at NBC News edited the transcript to make it appear as though Zimmerman was making an issue out of Martin’s race.
In truth, the 911 dispatcher specifically asked for Martin’s race as a way to help law enforcement identify him.
Now Zimmerman is suing NBC:
Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is suing NBC over the network’s botched editing of his 911 tape, Page Six can exclusively reveal. We hear Zimmerman’s attorneys are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, who was the reporter on the scene for the broadcast on “Today” on March 27. He also remained the reporter for the story on “NBC Nightly News.” A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.”
The editing and airing of that transcript was one of the most shameful moments in traditional journalism in a generation, but you have to wonder, would it have been caught in an earlier age of media? Without blogs and social media, how long would it have taken for NBC’s editing to be detected and communicated to the masses?
Would it have ever been detected?
I’m not so sure it would have.Tags: george zimmerman, media bias