Shocker: MSNBC Edits 911 Transcript To Make George Zimmerman Sound Racist

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At Breitbart, Dan Riehl notes this report from MSNBC which quotes the transcript frmo George Zimmerman’s call to 911 the night he shot Trayvon Martin:

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car. His father has said that Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up in a multiracial family, and is not racist.

From the way that reads, it seems as though Zimmerman was making an issue out of Martin’s race. But a reading of the full 911 transcript indicates that Zimmerman’s comment about Martin’s race wasn’t made spontaneously. Rather, it was made in response to the dispatcher who was seeking identifying details about Martin:

ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]

ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

“Not only did Zimmerman not equate Martin’s skin color with his looking suspicious,” writes Riehl, “he didn’t even initiate the comment.”

I’ve stayed quiet on the Martin shooting mostly because I haven’t had a lot to add to the debate. I think a lot of other people who have commented on the case probably should have done the same, rather than trying to project their political narratives onto the case.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • two_amber_lamps

    I like this one too…  seems the “hoodie” photo we see all over the place is photo-shopped.

    • $8194357

      Check this “non news worthy” story out…

      (CBS/KCTV) KANSAS CITY, MO – A 13-year-old high school student suffered first-degree burns after two teens poured gasoline on him and set him on fire as he was walking home from school. CBS affiliate KCTV reports the teenager was rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital after the flames ignited. Police say his hair and face were burned. The boy was walking home from East High School when he was attacked by two other boys around 3 p.m. Feb 28. ABC affiliate KMBC reports that Melissa Coon said her son turned from the school’s stadium onto Quincy Avenue and noticed two teenagers following him. She said the teens followed her son home and attacked him outside his front door. “They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open,” she said. “(One of them) poured the gasoline, then flicked the Bic, and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.'” The second teen then used a lighter to ignite the gasoline, which “produced a large fireball burning the face and hair” of the victim, according to a Kansas City Police Department report. “You could smell the burned skin,” said Coon. “You could smell the burned hair. It was just horrible.” Her son lost some of his eyelashes, eyebrows, and some of the hair around his face was singed. Coon said she knows her son is lucky – but also can’t believe someone would do that to her child. The teen’s father, 36, said he wants to prosecute the suspects. The boy is white, and the two suspects are black. Police are investigating whether this was a hate crime. Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the two suspects who are described as being around 16-years- old. One was wearing a blue beanie, blue jacket and blue-green Nike Air Jordans with #23 written on the shoes. The second suspect was wearing a black hoodie and black sunglasses with silver on the side.

      • Jeff

        That story in unreal. Never heard about it until just now. Imagine if the races were reversed and two white teen lit a black teen on fire while saying “You get what you deserve ni##er”. That would be a national story and I’m sure the New Black Panthers, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the ACLU, and MSNBC would be all over it. 

        • $8194357

          According to leftist appoligists social justice lemmings there is no such thing as reverse racism…..

          I was raised on an Indian reservation and can tell ya thats a load of crap…

          • Jeff

            Liberals hate it when you try to reverse the scenario like I did. They will say that is “playing the victim card.” If this would have been a black man shooting a hispanic man in self defense, there would have been outrage over the fact of assuming the black man was guilty of murder just because he was black. You can be on either side of the issue, as long as it fits the narrative of what you are trying to say. I am sure there are hundreds of cases of a black person shooting another black person in self defense. But since you can’t scream racism and social injustice in those cases, it is of no interest to the the people who claim such things. Hypocrisy is sometime too obvious to everyone else except the one exhibiting it.

          • Kelly

            This is not “reverse racism”.  if a black person does something bad to a white person based on race, it is just plain old “racism”.  racism is not only white against black.  it’s any discrimination based on ethnicity.

          • $8194357

            Agreed Kelly…

          • Flintlock62

            Absolutely correct.

          • slackwarerobert

            You were sober enough to remember? You must have brought shame to your tee-pee. Don’t forget the two honest vending machine repairmen on the new york subway, the peaceful basketball players in mobile. The sweet hearts in vaginia beech jumping the reporters. And pick your favorite shooter in chicago.

      • Lesa

        And the kid is in custody? The one that did this?

        • $8194357

          (  Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the two suspects who are described as being around 16-years- old. )

          This was back in Feb. and didn’t rate the media attention…

          As of the time of the article, no suspects where in custody
          I have done no follow up..

    • $8194357

      Its ok tho cause after they got caught NBC said they didn’t do it on purpose..Right

      NBC News reportedly has begun an internal investigation after
      it appears to have aired a misleadingly edited 911 call tape involving George
      Zimmerman, the Florida man who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

      The internal investigation was reported by The Washington Post.

      The edited call, which aired on NBC’s “Today Show” on March 27, featured
      Zimmerman talking to a 911 dispatcher.

      “This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman said
      in the edited segment.

      That, it turns out, appears to be only part of the exchange that took place
      on the night of February 26. The complete exchange went like this:

      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.”

      “OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?”
      Zimmerman: “He looks black.”

      Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, called
      this mistake worse than a distortion or a misrepresentation and “an all-out

      He made the comment on the March 29 edition of the Fox News show
      “When you hear him say, ‘he looks black,’ anyone watching that believes that
      there are racial overtones to what this man did,” Bozell says.
      “How could you not believe that? It goes with the narrative of the profiling.
      The only problem is, they edited out the dispatcher asking him,
      ‘What does he look like?'”

      Much of the public discussion over the past week has settled on how
      conflicting facts and interpretations call into question whether Zimmerman acted
      justifiably or criminally.
      The interplay between Zimmerman and the dispatcher
      has been a critical part of the discussion.

      © 2012 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved. Read more on Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman Tape Editing Prompts Internal Probe at NBC

  • WOOF

    The Florida law is a license to kill in almost any situation.
    Bad law, Zimmerman with a Concealed Carry permit was doubtlessly very aware of it.
    Presence of a firearm makes any situation life threatening to all involved.
    Whoever is left alive can escape prosecution under this law..

    776.041 Use of force by aggressor. —The justification described in the preceding sections of this chapter is not available to a person who: ….

    (2) Initially provokes the use of force against himself or herself, unless:

    (a) Such force is so great that the person reasonably believes that he
    or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he
    or she has exhausted every reasonable means to escape such danger other
    than the use of force which is likely to cause death or great bodily
    harm to the assailant; or
    (b) In good faith, the person withdraws
    from physical contact with the assailant and indicates clearly to the
    assailant that he or she desires to withdraw and terminate the use of
    force, but the assailant continues or resumes the use of force.

    They’ll impanel a grand jury, but by law, it looks like cowboy Zimmerman walks.
    Fixed link
    Rest of the law :

    • Rob

      The Florida law recognizes a citizen’s right to defend themselves.

      • WOOF

        The Fla laws allows anyone to kill anyone they “reasonably believe”
        is going to seriously harm them.  Not much of a threshold.

        • Sp

          Not at all.

        • awfulorv

          Their mistake was in not adding…”Or anyone, in the act of criminal intent, who vaults a ten foot fence, or wall, meant to keep them out, to enter an area forbidden to them, in order to commit robberies, burglaries, assaults, rapes, and other mayhem”.

        • slackwarerobert

          Then how is trayvons dad still alive? He was playing golf with tiger woods in FL, and even the congress and holder are reasonably sure he will kill you with a drone given the chance.

      • Sparkie Arbuckle

        Justifyable homicides went up 350% after that law was in place.  If your premise was correct, then the rate would stay the same, merely different people would be dying.  Nope, what you say is horseshit.

        The second amendment says we can have guns.  It doesn’t say we can chase people down and get into gunfights for no reason.  Do you get that, assclown?

        • cloudshe

           if you chose to believe the racist crap the liberal media is sucking you into, so be it.  horseshit is as horseshit does, DA

          • Sparkie Arbuckle

            I don’t believe ‘the media.’  Unlike you rubes, I understand that they are just trying to make money by making me anxious.  You assclowns are the ones who, selectively depending on your political views, believe them.

        • slackwarerobert

          No, the homicide rate dropped. When bad guys get shot it is a good thing. That trayvon was alive to jump poor zimmerman is all the proof you need you can’t hunt down criminals, and justifiable self defense is still way to low. Do you read your own postings, second amendment to have the gun is federal, the right to shoot your attacker is a state law. He didn’t chase anyone down, trayvon chased zimmerman down and got what he deserved.

    • slackwarerobert

      The law is fine, your fault lies in the government showing favoritism in it’s application maybe. But as long as you let innocent people like zimmerman be railroaded, you cannot also blame the law. Zimmerman was not a cowboy, he had a wimpy 9mm, and he let trayvon get the drop on him. lucky for him trayvon was a real girlyman.

  • realitybasedbob

    When will dead Andy’s Lie and Deceive video editing crew release a blood stained and bruised Zimmerman police video tape?

    The actual tape doesn’t show either.

    • Econwarrior

      That tape was recorded AFTER Zimmerman had received medical treatment.  They wouldn’t have put him in the cruiser with bleeding wounds, so the bleeding was stopped BEFORE they transported him.
      BTW, Breitbart told the truth; you lie.

      • realitybasedbob

        Big 180 McCain voter and wrong side of history re-enacter, I guess the cops were considerate enough to give the nice man a new tee shirt and jacket, because his bleeding wounds made his blood soaked killer shirt just so icky. Funny that they searched him again in the precinct house though.

        • cherz1967

          Funny how he shot Trayvon point blank and also did not get blood on his shirt.  Funny . ,. .

          • realitybasedbob

            Don’t know about that, cher. I was commenting on the beat down he claimed the 150lbs kid did to him. Broke his nose is what I think I read. What has Pox told you to think about it?

    • Karen

      It’s coming. Just like that false intial police report. With all Of Trayvon’s information on it. SMH>

  • two_amber_lamps

    Interesting… just goes to show leftists eat their own….

    Throwing your own kind under the bus comes easy eh? 
    “Media Demon George Zimmerman Is Registered Democrat”

    • $8194357

      Barry sat in the ‘pastors?” church who married him for 20 years and didn’t know it was a marxist black liberation theolgy social justice hate whitey message being preached either until it came time to throw the “honorable?” rev wright under the bus as well..

      Then he declared America no longer a Christrian nation canceled the national
      day of prayer and bowed in DC with Muslims 5 million man march on DC..

      See a pattern to any of this yet America?

      • slackwarerobert

        I just wish they would ask moochele, and the kids. One of them must have noticed? How else could here kids get so fat if she wasn’t eating those chickens that came home to roost?

        • $8194357

          But she was on The Rachel Show this AM preaching her obese message to the masses of lemming idiots.

  • Jfisher17

    Hmmm.  This is a textbook case on what you do when the facts are on your side- edit the transcript to make somebody look bad.

  • Jay

    Um, Zimmerman’s a registered DEMOCRAT latino. Guess that doesn’t fit into MSNBC’s stereotype of the cliched racist white man.

    • headward

      Dems were part of the KKK.  Makes sense to me.

      • Sparkie Arbuckle

        And GOPs used to believe in small government, anti-trust laws, anti-jingoism, and a bunch of other really congenial things.  Look it up.

        In the mid sixties, as we have discussed many times, all the racist Democrats started voting Republican.  Is was the second step in the destroying of the GOP.  First, prohibition and Hoover.  Second, mid-sixties racist absorption.  Third, Nixon.  Fourth, the eighties; religious kook courting, Iran-contra, etc.  The final nail — Snowe’s departure.

  • mikemc1970

    I was really hoping Rob wouldn’t put any of this on here. No need to give these race baiting idiots the attention they crave so much. In the end this will look like the Duke Lacrosse case. Count on it.

    • $8194357

      Drug out untill “some other crisis” takes over so no “apoligy” will ever be issued for sure..

  • spud

    Doesn’t it look to all of you that the Sanford Police Dept. has more than a little beef with the states attorney office.  On this vido where are the bruising cuts so called broken nose and most importantly the blood if you shoot some one point blank there would be blood on you coat and shirt.  This Zimmerman story gets weaker all the time.  But let the story play out and see where its headed.  Now if it is true the  police did not believe his story and wanted him charged with manslaughter I would guess that would explain why the police dept. has a beef with state’s attorney office. 

    • Sparkie Arbuckle

      What you say about shooting someone point blank is false.  You would not necessarily have blood on you.  Especially if they are laying flat on their back, on the ground.

    • Karen

      Sounds like you are on point. Most of this is probably because of someone that knows someone and some racist tones. But I wish the Zimmermans’ would stop acting like they were there that night. And show us some proof. To keep this thing from escalating. Pictures taken at the crime scene. Like who knows which witness is telling the truth. George father acts like he was right there that night. My son didn’t do nothing. Right Mr. Zimmerman. He probably didn’t even shoot Trayvon by the time you are done. Tsk Tsk.

  • awfulorv

    Funny thing is, if these New Black Panthers were to wear white pointed Hoodies they’d look, from astern, exactly like their old nemesis the Ku Klux Klan…

    • Sparkie Arbuckle

      Not much of a difference at all.

      • Karen

        Actually it’s a big difference. They didn’t kill anyone or hang anybody from a tree. Or burn churcfhes with little kids inside. Which is why we are were we are today. Just be truthful.

        • awfulorv

          Not much on this reading comprehension business are you?  Do I have to explain the difference between look, and do?  And, actually, that’s blow up churches with little girls inside.  And I’d say the principal reason this kid was accosted, in the first place,  was because that Zimmerman guy saw that pack of Skittles and wanted them.  Not…  

        • slackwarerobert

          Yea, they just shoot each other. I have never seen one shred of evidence they didn’t blow up the church. A pedophile caught with his pants down will say anything to get off. But don’t laugh, I was robbed by the black clan, so they do exist. Trayvon already got rid of the skittles when he used them for his “purple drink”

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Obama is as white as Zimmerman is and his racist leanings are accepted by MSNBC.

    Double standard much?

  • O’Kelley

    If I had a son he would look like George.

    • $8194357

      I have a son and he looks like the Pillsbury dough boy just as I do….

      No sensational news story there untill Mochelle needs poster boys for her
      “lets eat healthy America” nanny state just cause fascism campaign or somethin..

      • Sparkie Arbuckle


        too frickin funny.  when you get a cut, does gravy bleed out?

        • $8194357

          I bleed fat grams sparkless…

    • Karen

      Ok I’m scared of you. Just joking.

  • Big Mike

    The transcript makes it crystal clear that Trayvon Martin actively sought out a confrontation.

    When asked to stop following, Zimmerman says OK. He says, “He ran”, and when asked his home address, he says “I don’t want to give it all out, I don’t know where this kid is.” That means he couldn’t see Martin, so even if Martin thought Zimmerman was a threat—-he still went back and sought him out.

    There’s no debate here. Once Martin returned to confront Zimmerman, any argument that he was “standing his ground” or afraid goes out the window. There are two eyewitnesses who place Martin on top of Zimmerman, and the video shows a gash on the crown of Zimmerman’s head, which the officer clearly looks at.

    • Captornado

      Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    • Karen

      Yep it looks at the gash, like hellow world see me looking at Zimmerman’s head. Only problem is they never expected the world to see the video. I’m wondering.

  • HG

    This isn’t the only twisted reporting going on.  They also tried to say a video showed no wound to the back of Zimmerman’s head at the police dept.  Which is after Zimmerman was treated on  the scene as stated in the police report.

    • Karen

      Should we just believe the police reports. They already falsified one report. Police wordis not golden. If we believed the reports, Zimmerman would already be locked up. Bloody nose vs gun. Zimmerman pursued Trayvon. Hello. And it’s not a black white thing. Don’t you see white and blacks marching. It could be that a white kid gets killed on the stand your ground law. Justice should be given. white, black, latino, spanish, pink, yellow, no matter color of skin.

      • G

        If zimmerman looks white to you there then holy shit you need your eyes checked.

      • slackwarerobert

        No you should believe the witnesses reports. Zimmerman was on the ground being attacked screaming for help. The only question that needs to be answered is if he froze, the gun jammed, or he needs more training. You don’t shoot one bullet. When I heard the story the only way it made sense was if you shoot trayvon in the back towards yourself. But I love what the bloggers did with the timeline, video tapes at the 7/11, and google maps. tore up travons timeline of events and showed he was probably getting high and thought he got caught.

        And the doctors report about the head wound as well. How did zimmerman fake that? If he was smart enough to bang his own head into the ground, well sucks to be a petty criminal sometimes.

  • HG
  • HG

    The media outlet or outlets responsible for editing this story have done a hell of a job provoking those looking for an excuse to act out. 

  • sbark

    I would hope,  if he can survive this,  Zimmerman a lifelong dem’cat voter learnes his lesson  and never votes for the bunch of racists again…….

    • slackwarerobert

      I don’t understand, will he be the first prisoner not allowed to vote in florida? I hope when he gets out he remembers who railroaded him and destroyed his life, i.e. trayvons dad and holder.

  • SigFan

    Only tangentially related to this story, it appears that DHS has recently made a purchase of 450 million JHP bullets and a similar quantity of .223 AR ammo.  Do they know something we don’t know, or is this the latest effort to do an end around gun control play?  Taking that much ammunition off the market in one swipe is going to make it scarce and dear.  Probably a good time to stock up if there’s anything left on the gun shop shelves.

  • awfulorv

    “The blood of cold blooded killers runs slower than Molasses in January”, Stanley Ann Dunham 1987.  I say, if you don’t want your arm taken off, don’t stick it in the revolving fly wheel of a John Deere tractor. 

  • awfulorv

    And what of the sounds of Crickets chirping in the rain on the tapes?  Crickets don’t usually chirp in the rain. Was the tape’s background recorded in Nebraska? 

  • awfulorv

    That’s it, the fifteen minutes are up, on to Oakland and the misunderstood Korean…

  • Flintlock62

    If in fact MSNBC altered the tapes, then they are guilty of a crime.  Whom ever did this has caused this to escalate out of proportion.

  • Soldier

    MSNBC shouldn’t even be a News Channel. The Lawsuit should to make sure MSNBC goes off the air, instead of looking for Money to pocket.