As you probably have heard the call of Zimmerman with the police that NBC aired on the Today Show was edited such that Zimmerman appears to say, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” This was not how it happened and a producer was fired over this. Good. The damage this deliberate slanting of the news could have been been millions of dollars in property damage and even people ending up dead from riots. As it is the tremendous amount of time and energy expended by people basing their actions on falsified information is incalculable.
The story is an AP story and is spreading rapidly. It certain deserves exceedingly wide coverage. Perhaps tensions can be reduced and people will look more closely at all the facts related to this event. And long term I hope more people verify stories reported by the media before taking extreme action.
Some of the news outlets reporting this story:
- NBC News producer fired for misleading editing of George Zimmerman recording (nj.com)
- NBC producer fired over Zimmerman call? (azcentral.com)
- NBC producer fired over Zimmerman 911 call (stltoday.com)
- NBC producer fired over Zimmerman 911 call (theaustralian.com.au)