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When we hear news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation. – Voltaire
An “error” evokes thoughts of negligence – something done without purpose. Crashing my car or spilling my milk would be an “error.” What NBC’s “Today” show did by editing the George Zimmerman 911 call was no accident. They did it on purpose. Calling it an “error” is to avoid responsibility for an intentional tort.
NBC has a history of fabricating stories. Recall their 1993 “Dateline” show. In an attempt to prove that GM trucks explode on impact, they aired a video of a GM truck exploding on impact. The reporter stated the crash caused a hole in the gas tank.
What the reporter didn’t tell the audience was that NBC planted incendiary devices in the truck and blew it up on impact, making it look like the truck exploded due to the crash.
Apparently hoping that time heals all wounds and that memories are short, NBC is up to fabricating news again.
The Trayvon Martin shooting has at its center the question (unanswered with certainty at this time) about whether George Zimmerman shot Trayvon due to his race. That being the question, evidence touching on the issue will be very important and its integrity should be held sacrosanct by media.
When NBC’s “Today” show aired George Zimmerman’s 911 call to police, here is what the audience heard:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
Wow. “Looks up to no good” followed by “He looks black” sounds like Zimmerman made a conclusion of “no good” based upon an observation of being “black.” That would lend credence to the racism angle.
The problem is the conversation was edited by NBC to look that way. Here is the unedited version:
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.
So the assertion “He looks black” was in direct response to a question about what color Trayvon appears to be. Zimmerman was right – he looks black. Zimmerman was not making any connection between skin color and being good or bad.
Here is NBC’s faux apology:
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 our viewers.
An “error.” Errors are simple and they happen fast. Queuing up the wrong photo or misspelling a name on the teleprompter is an “error.” On the contrary, opening editing software, downloading the 911 call, hitting he “edit” tab, using the cut tool to take out portions of the 911 call, sliding the two unconnected sentences together so there is no time gap and hitting “save as” is no error. It’s a very intentional act that took time and effort.
How liberals can assert bias regarding a certain cable news channel when NBC maintains a corporate policy of fabrication is frustrating, but considering their motivations, not unexpected.