NBC: Er...Sorry for Making George Zimmerman Look Like a Racist

Posted: Apr 04, 2012 2:20 PM

NBC News has issued an apology after the network aired, multiple times, a tape of the 911 call Zimmerman made to police about Trayvon Martin, portraying him as a racist. This was no mistake, by the way. The audio was deliberately and maliciously edited to make Zimmerman look like a racist in order to push a narrative. I wrote about the embarrassment surrounding this case last week.

Here's what NBC aired and claimed Zimmerman said:

"This guy looks like he's up to no good...he looks black."

Here's what Zimmerman 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."

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

Zimmerman: "He looks black."

Notice how Zimmerman didn't mention Trayvon Martin's race until after the dispatcher asked him about it. Also notice, attention media, the dispatcher didn't ask if Martin was a "white-Hispanic."

NBC issued this 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.

Isn't it interesting how NBC is claiming "there was an error made in the production process." There was no "error," but instead a deliberate decision made to cut and edit the audio in a way that made Zimmerman look racist, like his motivation for shooting was simply because Trayvon Martin was black. NBC editors took out an entire portion of the call in between Zimmerman's statements. That doesn't happen by "mistake."