You Didn’t Expect Honest Reporting By NBC, Did You?


NBC News was caught being dishonest in their reporting of the Trayvon Martin case. You aren’t surprised, are you? The only surprising thing is that they’ve acknowledged it. But then again, they didn’t have much choice after they were caught editing the 911 tape to make George Zimmerman look like a guilty racist.

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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:

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“We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story.”

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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:

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Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

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Here’s how the actual conversation went down:

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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.

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Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black. (Read More)

In related news, two “experts” say that the person yelling for “help” in a tape is Trayvon Martin, not George Zimmerman. But they aren’t sure, and it makes no sense.

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