George Zimmerman Sues NBC over Edited 911 Tape

Noel Sheppard, Newsbusters, October 4, 2012

In March, NewsBusters broke the story about NBC’s Today show airing an edited audiotape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call the day he shot Trayvon Martin in Florida.

On Thursday, the New York Post reported Zimmerman is suing the Peacock Network.

According to the Post, the complaint will be filed against NBC News President Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen who was the Today reporter involved in the March 27 broadcast.


As NewsBusters noted at the time, Today played an audiotape with Zimmerman saying on a 911 call, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good . . . he looks black.”

But this was the fuller text of the call:

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.

911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?

ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

NBC deceptively removed the question from the 911 dispatcher to make it appear Zimmerman was racist, a mistake the network ended up apologizing for.

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  • Detroit_WASP

    I hope he gets millions and turns into a race realist.  We can only hope. 

    • RebelliousTreecko

      I doubt that’ll happen, but if it did, would he be called a self-hating Mestizo, or will they still insist that he’s White, a.k.a, European?
      Pretty sure that Hispanics still wouldn’t be stupid enough to acknowledge his race
      because that would direct the hatred towards their people instead of

      I hope he at least gets the reparations he deserves, though.

      Another thing: Considering how much he’s actually had the courage and common sense to stand up for himself despite being demonized by the mainstream media (and how innocent Whites have been attacked because of how the media labeled him), should Zimmerman be considered an “honorary White man”?

      • Michael C. Scott

        Yes.  He’s taking his lumps, so I’d say he bought the ticket.

  • jedsrael

    No price to pay.  NBC will get MSM creds for “valiantly fighting in court against this extremist and racist attack that misuses our courts just so hate criminal George Zimmerman can profit from murdering St. Son of Obama.”

  • Goetz von Berlichingen

    Better yet, I hope these Steve Capus and Ron Allen people lose their homes, as well as their jobs.

    The late and very, very unlamented Josef Goebbels and Ilya Ehrenburg would have been proud of Capus and Allen.

  • libertarian1234

    Now, when is he going to sue ABC for the video they claimed showed no injuries?

    And how about the Black Panthers for threatening to kill him and cause him to be the object of a possible assassination by violent blacks?

    And, how about the crooked judge, Lester, who claimed Zimmerman was ready to run as an excuse to raise his bond to a million dollars, in spite of the fact that expecting a man to flee who is
    innocent and has such a strong case to prove his innocence is not based in a fear of abscounding but is no more than blatant kangaroo court politics.

    And the brutish, manish-looking Angela Corey who charged him with 2nd degree murder SOLELY to keep the black mobs from rioting?

    And there are many more culpable in this case.

    He has a better chance for monetary judgements than Richard Jewel had and Jewel collected from many biased news orgs who falsely reported on the story involving him.

    It’s time for the liberal geeks to pay for their lies and crimes.

    • Join my lifelong crusade to abolish all forms of judicial and prosecutorial immunity from complaints for violations of civil rights (white, black, red, & brown): and, in general to apply the civil rights laws of the United States equally for the protection of white people as for minorities, but never just to pit the races against each other in the name of equality….

  • potato78

    Why was NBC doing that?

    NBC deceptively removed the question from the 911 dispatcher to make it appear Zimmerman was racist, a mistake the network ended up apologizing for.

    Shamed on NBC.

    • Bill

      The time for “shame on you” is long, long, long past.  After decades of increasing politicization and outright lies, the time is now for “sue on you” for all the media who have victimized innocent people, or demonized people with whom they don’t agree, or just plain refuse to report significant racial hate crimes because the perp was black and the victims were white.  SUE ON YOU NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PBS, and yes FOX.

      • anarchyst

        Add ADL, ACLU, CAIR and $PLC to the list . . .

  • I have heard of worse stories from Florida — I have heard of the police editing tapes and transcripts to incriminate suspects…. so at least the 911 tape preserved the truth and integrity of the original conversation…. In this era when police and prosecutors have immunity from every kind of civil suit and most kinds of prosecution, let’s look on the bright side of things and realize that lots of other people are just getting framed and set up and there’s no trace of the original truth except in the mind of the original witnesses…. and the only ones who care to remember the truth may be locked up and the key thrown away…. especially if they are defined as “terrorists posing a threat to national security” under the NDAA or Executive Order 13603 or any similar decree from the current dictatorship.  And I guarantee you that every person publishing or posting on this AMREN website (whether anonymously or not) is already on one of Obama’s or Holder’s “Terrorist Watch Lists”……

  • NorthernWind

    Good luck Mr. Zimmerman. When you’re found innocent please publicly denounce all of the media outlets for their mischievous manipulation of this story.

  • anarchyst

    It’s about time . . . so-called “journalists” that sell their tripe for money should be required to be licensed.  The ability to sue “journalists” for defamation and slander should also be expanded.  The “right of reply” should be enshrined into law REQUIRING print and mass media to print rebuttals, explanations and denials on the same page and at the same place as the original article.  In addition, manipulation of the “facts” to garner a certain response should be criminally prosecutable. 
    These changes along with the abolition of “qualified immunity” for ALL “public officials” would go a long way in restoring our nation to the rightful place as “servant” and NOT “master”. . . Prosecutoru, cops and other “public officials” should fear US–NOT the other way around as is presently the case.

    • whiteyyyyy

       Some good points there. What good is a rebutal or apology if it’s buried in the back pages and the lie was front page. The damage is already done.

    • 1Forced_Registration

       I would add one more to that list…On the judicial side, many of us live in states where you can’t appeal a contempt of court charge (nor may any other judge lift the order); the judges have nearly absolute immunity as well.  We didn’t need an executive order or act of congress to get to the point of indefinite detention without trial; such thing were merely the whim of appointed judges alone.


  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Zimmerman isn’t stopping at NBC:

    Zimmerman’s Lawsuit Against Al Sharpton, NBC, and the Martin Family Attorneys

    I’d like to be on the jury for any one of these suits.

    GO George the Dragon Slayer!!!


    • razorrare

      I would love to see a paid T.V. ad by attorneys seeking a class action lawsuit on behalf of all White people who have been victimized indirectly/directly by electronic & printed MSM articles that have incited blacks to  physically attack Whites…just look at this one case(Trayvon/Zimmerman) and how many White victims have suffered because of it through irresponsible reporting…it could be attorneys are starting to realize this is where the money is at…they could also make billions sueing institutions of higher learning that have incited blacks to attack Whites through courses that denigrate Whites as being evil and the cause for every problem that afflicts the black race…I would actually pay  money to be on the jury of these suits & future lawsuits.

  • tacheles

    There is another instance of mendatious tape-editing that hasn’t been discussed.

    The media narrative is that GZ followed St. Trevon when told by the dispatcher not to. GZ replies to the dispatcher’s request with an “OK”. To uphold the media narrative, that “OK” was usually edited out from the media’s version.

  • Michael C. Scott

    Many people have said “George Zimmerman is partly Jewish and looks like a Mexican, so who cares?”

    I care, because Mr. Zimmerman is a test case, and a sort of canary in a coal mine.  If he can be railroaded in such an obviously legitimate case of self-defense, anyone can be.  Anyone.

    • Even though the Branch Davidians were (and presumably still are, if they’re still around) obnoxious race mixers and multiracialists, I still thought Waco was a travesty.  If “they” incinerated a bunch of race mixers without a second thought or remorse, (when it should have been easily as putting cuffs on Koresh at any given time when he left the complex), do you think they’d hesitate to do it to us?

  • 1Forced_Registration

     There is no denial of the racial agenda. The media is deliberately trying to provoke black on white violence, and to drive a wedge between Islam, and Christianity (while attacking Christianity relentlessly).

    The media tried to give the Zimmerman treatment to a person very close to me in 1999: St Louis Police Officer Brian Min for the shooting of a gang member named Jerome Ruffin.  The media portrayed the incident as “Out of control white cop shoots black man for drinking a beer”. First off, Min is Asian!  Second, the guy had active warrants for his arrest– which is why he ran from the police. Third he was going for a weapon: he got cornered in an alley, reached in his pants (to draw a weapon), didn’t find one, and ended up getting shot when he lunged at the police officer. The guy was digging around in his pants to play with himself after running 6 blocks in a dead sprint.

    All of the usual suspects showed up: Jackson, Sharpton,  Farraconvict, and a few others. Along with the media they whipped the black population into a frenzy(not hard to do). Blacks were dragging people out of their cars along the borders of Tower Grove park; just like they did during the King riots.

    To my mind, everyone who was hurt as a result should have been able to sue the media, Jackson, Sharpton, and Farraconvict.  Unfortunately, no one had the courage to get up and sue. I am glad that Zimmerman is. I hope more of us will sue in the future when we are robbed y the media.

    • That’s when Lizz Brown started in on her shtick of referring to 21-year old black men as “babies,” and also calling cops the “Nazi murdering Ku Klux Klan” a few times.

      The part about blacks driving whites out of their cars along Tower Grove Park was covered up so well that I didn’t remember it until you brought it up.  But the reason it didn’t surprise me is this:  Think about the kind of white people that live around Tower Grove Park, especially south of it.  For mahogany mobs, those whites truly are low hanging fruit.  Yes, that is a double entendre.

  • anarchyst

    The OKC bombing was a inside job in order to demonize the then-rising “militia” movement.  There is NO WAY a truck bomb caused that much damage while not damaging the buiilding across the street.  It is curious to note that all FBI and ATF agents were ordered not to report to work that day.  These are not rants from a madman, but carefully researched TRUTHS that are still readily available.  Check these things out for yourselves.  You will not like what you see. . .

  • Two blasts.  The first was inside the building, from a sophisticated device (designed by Ramzi Yousef, my theory), and that did almost all of the damage at Murrah.  The other blast was the largely irrelevant (by comparison) truck full of animal waste, which caused a little bit of the damage at Murrah and all of the damage outside of Murrah.

    The FBI itself didn’t have an office in Murrah, but I know one Federal law enforcement agency did (ATF, maybe?)  The question of whether they were in or not in the office because they knew what was coming is still an open question.  The bombs went off shortly after 9 AM, so if they weren’t in the office, it may have had a lot to do with “close enough for government work” in terms of showing up to work on time, rather than prior knowledge.

    The Murrah victims were disproportionately black women, because Murrah was mostly a Federal building for affirmative action black paper pushers and do-nothing bureaucrats.