Posted on April 4, 2012

NBC News Apologizes for Editing George Zimmerman’s 911 Call

Fox News Latino, April 4, 2012

NBC News apologized for the way it edited the 911 conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher in the Trayvon Martin case.

NBC’s “Today” show ran edited audio last week that appeared to reveal Zimmerman saying, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good . . . he looks black.”

But a transcript of the 911 call showed that Zimmerman actually said, “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.”

The 911 handler responded, “OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?”

“He looks black,” Zimmerman replied.


The NBC audio was aired Mar. 27. Critics claimed the edited version suggested Zimmerman targeted Martin because he was black.

The network launched an investigation after criticism in other media. {snip}

A statement from NBC said Tuesday, “During our investigation, it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to viewers.”