Fake But Accurate, Chapter MMMCXXXIX

NBC’s editing of George Zimmerman’s 911 call just happened to make his statement sound frothingly racist.

Here’s what Today show listeners heard:

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

Here’s what he actually said:

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.

Got that?

The editing changed Zimmerman’s statement from an answer to a dispather’s request for information  into an affirmatively racist statement.

Erik Wemple at the WaPo:

No matter how you feel about Zimmerman, that bit of tape editing was unfair to the truth and to Zimmerman’s reputation, such as it is. Reaction on Twitter and elsewhere to my previous post on this matter, was brutal toward NBC, with many comments suggesting the worst about the network’s motivations, reliability and so on.

And why might that be?

Because every editing “flub”, every “fake but accurate” story that gets past the “layers and layers of gatekeepers”, just happens to defame someone liberals want defamed?

Nah, it must be us.

NBC “apologized”:

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.

Read: “The damage we wanted done is done; the Democrat / media (ptr) narrative was served.  We’ll try to be more artful in our slander next time, so as not to get caught”.

Bias?  What bias?

18 thoughts on “Fake But Accurate, Chapter MMMCXXXIX

  1. Gate-keeper heads should roll, just as in the Jeremy Linn story a few weeks back. At the very least, Spike Lee should tweet the names and addresses of those involved.

  2. “We’ll try to be more artful in our slander next time,”

    No they won’t. Remember: NBC is a subsidiary of General Electric, which owns numerous “green” patents and copyrights, pays no federal taxes and is recipient of untold Obama “green” contracts for alternative energy. GE will lie for the president. So will GE’s subsidiaries. It’s nothing personal. It has nothing to do with the “news.” The National Brainwashing Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Obama, Inc.

  3. Gate-keeper heads should roll

    They should, NW, but self-decapitation is a tricky thing.

  4. Somebody at NBC did this deliberately and with malice towards Zimmerman. Just like somebody at NBC cropped the video of the black man with the AR-15 outside of the Obama event in AZ so that the narrative that racist tea party members were threatening Obama.

    Zimmerman is now receiving death threats in part because of this edited audio and NBC only wants to apologise to the people stupid enough to take their reporting at face value?

  5. jpmn….not that I have to tell this crowd this, but yes, you are correct. An “error in editing” maybe would be something like cutting off the tape too early to hear (or show) the whole story.

    But this is obvious editing to create a story that doesn’t exist.

  6. NBC also broadcasts the Jimmy Fallon show where the house-band played “Lying-ass Bitch” when Michelle Bachmann was introduced on the show. Of course, that’s the entertainment side of the network, not the news side – if there’s a difference, that is.

  7. Night: There’s a HUGE difference. The entertainment division couches their commentary as fiction; the news department couches their fiction as news.

  8. HIt them in the wallet (NBC and GE). Don’t watch them, listen to them, or buy their products (tell others to do the same). Call their advertisers and tell them you won’t be buying their products either.

  9. Even the Prince of Darkness is appalled by this. Zimmermann’s people should call my people, I have a lot of lawyers that owe me big time. If this doesn’t fall underneath slander/libel I don’t know what does. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go give Mark Dayton his meds so he can remain my puppet, I mean representative.

  10. Actually Mitch, your good friend over at Penisblog claimed the suspended/expelled young man acually “slammed Zimmerman in a wrestling move called the pile driver by Martin lifting him by the ankles and slamming the TOP of his head against concrete sidewalk”

    Along with this one: “…there is still more racism among some segments of the right than anywhere else.” where is sounds like she is basically saying that you, Mitch, and the rest of your GOP ilk are RACISTS!!!!!

    Do not underestimate the power of Victory Gin and Kool Aid!!!

    [How many tragic deaths have taken place since the death of Trayvon Martin? How much attention has been paid to those Americans?]

    And the Obama Great Recession continues.

  11. P of D: What is the Governor’s cocktail of choice? – a smooth Librium with a tart and tangy Xanax chaser or is he now back to the standard pint of gin with a twist and a 40-ounce malt “kicker?”

    As his political adviser/pharmacist, which combination gives him that feeling of blissful arrogance from which he can assume the mantle of leadership without appearing too out of control?

  12. Personally, I appreciate media inaccuracy and their attempts to manipulate public opinion. It lays down a marker that this is a source that need not be paid attention to. In our busy world it’s good to know who and what is a waste of time. Be it NBC, CBS, the MNPoll or anything written by Doggone, I know that I have not missed any thing important by ignoring information put forward by these sources.

  13. TBS, I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you, I’ve said too much already.

  14. I *was* in favor of a a Grand Jury investigation, but given the amount of leftist monkeywrenching that has been done I do not believe Zimmerman has a chance for a fair one.

    Zimmerman may, or may not have been justified, but at this point I’m of the opinion that in the interest of justice, young Trayvon’s life is just going to have to be added to the heap of bodies attributed to leftist hatred.

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