NBC to Do ‘Internal Investigation’ on Zimmerman Segment

Erik Wemple, Washington Post, March 31, 2012

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.




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  • Jesus Christ, 50-70% of the themes are about an irrelevant black thug with non-existing name. Elsewhere in the world, no one pays the slightest attention.

    I’m not prone to conspiracies, but this is deeper than Duke lacrosse etc.

    • Its a gun control move just like fast & furious gave away guns to crooks to make guns look bad, they are trying to undo castle laws that allow the killing of their pet negros when they attack.

  • anarchyst

    Journalistic malpractice at its finest.  NBC was caught before, engineering an exploding GMC pickup truck.
    We get more honest news from Pravda or Tass than we get from our own controlled “news media”.

    • The_Bobster

      I’m reminded of the media’s treatment of the Rodney King tape.

      • So am I. The whole tape showed King waving his butt at the officers, acting in a threatening manner, etc. The tape as shown on TV only showed him down on the ground, being thumped by police batons. The mainstream media seemed determined to provoke a riot in Los Angeles; they succeeded. Now they seem to want an encore in Sanford.

        • razorrare

          and that edited video 0f king was shown literally hundreds of times.

          I can still hear maxine waters shrieks..”Burn Baby Burn!”

  • “Internal investigation,” my foot.

    What NBC is really doing is two things:

    1.  Using focus groups to see how best to spin this, what PR angle will result in the least damage for them.

    2.  Trying to find which 22-year old intern should be the fall guy/gal and fire him or her.

  • Funny, ain’t it, how them ham-handed blunders can occur? Yessireee Bob; sure is funny. Don’t spose NBC’s kinder leanin’ to the Left could have had somethin’ to do with that little mistake, do ya? Naaaa; a major network wouldn’t never put their thumb on the scales that way, would they?

    Heh, heh! Sure as shootin’ they would!

  • When oh when are White folks going to learn you cannot believe anything you hear on the MSM unless proven elsewhere. Only a fool would get all his news there.

  • No

    Yes, it will be thoroughly investigated.

    But they won’t investigate WHY it happened.  


  • Nothing the news does is ever in error.

    It was deliberate and designed to set up Zimmerman for a jail term for being a White Supremacist.

    Now ain’t that a fine magic trick? A Peruvian transmuted into a White Supremacist.

  • Detroit_WASP

    Like I said, black leaders keep trying to create the next Rosa Parks but they keep coming up with Tawanna Brawley types. 

    I wonder if all those screaming black folks in congress are going to issue an apology to Zimmerman? 

    Let’s hope Zimmerman can SUE THE PANTS OFF OF NBC !!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tacvR87FzBU&feature=player_embedded

    A short animation video on “How Whites Took Over America”

  • It’s not much, but it’s little something at least.  I’m shocked it even came to light.