Trayvon Martin 911 Call Controversy: NBC Apologizes For Editing George Zimmerman Recording

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A version of the 911 tape of George Zimmerman reporting suspicious behavior by Trayvon Martin before killing him was edited, NBC admitted this week.
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It wasn't doctored - his words were left intact - but it's what we didn’t hear that sheds light on the ultimately fatal Martin-Zimmerman confrontation.

On March 27, NBC’s Today Show aired Zimmerman’s call to the police, featuring these words: “This guy looks like he's up to no good … he looks black.”

The recording went viral, no doubt shaping public bias against Zimmerman. But it turns out Today shortened, and thus altered the meaning of, the call:

Here is the fuller version of the recording:

    Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. Or like he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about."
    911 dispatcher: "OK, and this guy ... is he black, white or Hispanic?"
    Zimmerman: [pauses] "He looks black."

George Zimmerman’s actions February 26 remain dubious, and may still lead to criminal charges. Edited or not, the call still obviously shows he was told not to follow Martin that night, and his self-defense claim is highly questionable.

But, right now, he has not been charged.

Moreover, his description of Martin came only in response to a dispatcher's question. Was this racial profiling? Maybe. But the media dropped the ball.

Earlier this week, the network revealed its blunder.

"During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret," said the network. "We will take the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers."

The circumstances surrounding this divisive episode are undeniably complex. NBC's error will hopefully cause others to reflect on the extent to which the media and public pre-judge the Trayvon Martin case, which is still under investigation.


Oh. Forget...not to mention...time, USA today, and the today show.


Normal libral bs. And they know they can get away with it. NBC CNN msnbc the O and abc. In Obama's pocket as state run libral news garbage.


Oh! yeah!... an apology it's good enough, i'm sure.....NOPE! guys doctored that tape in order to shape public opinion. The people responsible for that should be thrown in jail


Sure 'No Hope'...maybe you can graduate along with us too!


This article and its comments are quite entertaining. Its adorable that "Hollywood Gossip" strayed from the typical "OMG her shoes don't match her bag!" story, to something that actually involves critical thinking. However, its a little unnerving how most of you have fallen prey to the media's race baiting tactics. Once you grow up a little bit, maybe you can graduate to a discussion forum where evidence and reason takes precedence over racial bias.


Race aside, it's still very very wrong. How can he claim self defense when the boy had nnhtiog on him to hurt anyone with, yet he himself had a gun? Come on now. And they won't even try to investigate it?? A person's life was taken!! That definitely calls for an investigation.I think all too often police try to cover eachother's backs when things like this happen. In my town not too long ago a drunk off duty police officer was speeding and hit and killed a 15 year old boy with his car. The officers who responded to the scene (one being the father of the officer who killed the boy) tried to cover it up. They disregarded evidence (an empty liquor bottle that was thrown from the car window after the accident happened that an eyewitness saw) and the officer refused a blood alcohol test at the hospital siting a fear of needles as an excuse. When a persons life is taken, ALL ASPECTS of the issue should be investigated, whether or not it was probably self defense. That is ridiculous.


I just checked this today....and I have 2 things to say. #1 Faith and I are 2 different people. #2 Can't we all just get along! Seriously people, I think world peace is a stretch since we cant even coexist on this site! We do not need to attack each other personally. We can disagree and do it respectfully! Reading what has happened since my last post sometimes makes me think there is just no hope for the world.


con' opinions are in response to others as if we're having a conversation. If the content bothers you or is not good enough for you, then don't scroll down to read the comments section nor entertain people such as myself.
Thanks for your banter though! ***yawn***


How 'both' responded at nearly the same time. Cisco, I'm glad I amuse you.....that's exactly what Cisco et al do for me. Although I have to say, you do a mighty good job of trying to dumb down your language to be Rebecca. You make her sound so hilariously stupid. Keep it comin'.....I enjoy having something to read while I'm warming up the toilet seat. Although, I'm done for the day......type to ya tomorrow. I'm sure articulate Cisco and bonehead Rebecca will be 'refreshing' soon. goal on this site is not to build any type of image or be a voice for any social issue. I'm simply learning about an issue that I'm interested in. It's not my job to enlighten you. I do have an opinion....they


Your chasing your tail- karma ... faith. Seriously- Dont ever take a dump- Leave one- just thought you would want to know. PS- Before you pinch a Loaf? Step on the Scale. Why? Because if you fall in - we will know how much shit to Dig out!

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