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.


I rather expected Faith's response. It's shallow at best. Some might typify it as--"sophomoric". Proves nothing except she's evidently a person that sees this site as vital in helping her build a supposed image of being the wise, knowledgeable voice for some of these social issues touched upon here (racial/gay). This is possibly fostered due to a serious lack of attention with an obvious low self-esteem. (sigh) I suppose some folks feel compelled to acquire it somewhere even if it's in cyberspace on a mere gossip site. As for me, I simply seek a bit of amusement and Faith & Co. seem to fit the bill rather nicely. PS BTW, I AM Cisco Mills. Someone who's new enough yet smart enough to perceive what's really going on. You mustn't try to lump me in with your former foes. It's not only tacky, but quite off base.


con't.........oh and I felt better as I took a dump just now....thinking of you. I also love how 'Rebecca' answered the questions I posed to 'Cisco'. So glad you're enjoying that 'refresh' button. Twice in one day.....slow day for ya huh?!


Ok Cisco.....I mean Rebecca! And if quoted scripture bothers you, I'd question how tightly stitched you are.


OMG- are you going to start quoting scripture? I of course do not feel that I am better than you yet- my moral fiber is tighter stitched. FYI- sweetie pie- you were karma/faith and you will feel so much better if you would just say it.


continued...........Why are you ashamed to admit that you are no better than me and you check for responses? It's ok 'anonymous person' (Cisco, Rebecca, a chick) whoever you are. Don't worry, no one can see you........just stop criticizing people for something you are guilty of yourself! I have to say though, this last person you invented (Rebecca) sounds like a bonafide moron. Don't use her again. It's not becoming of you. Try your real name, you might like it.


Whoooooooa girls! Retract the Fangs. FAITH- I understand your frustration. Cisco- FYI- this should be a learning experience for you. please take note. ALWAYS! I repeat- always check your refill leading into a 3 day weekend. faith- obviously did not. faith writes the last message on Saturday. waits by her computer all day Sunday sucking the yoke out of Easter eggs. she's like - sitting by her puter- waiting for someone to write. Cisco- I assume you have a life? nobody wrote. faith is like-soooo - what's a girl to do? she invents this karma and then- OMG- she writes or answers karma. it's like she has to keep this this worn out topic alive. well....gots to give it to her- it's worked.


(continued).........and Cisco dear, you can refer to "my kind" all you please, but you have absolutely no certainty what my kind is. I'm sure your judgemental, prejudice mind has painted a picture, although completely clueless! That's what "your kind" do I suppose! Thank you for suggesting I get a life.....your dumb a$$ is checking this site daily checking for my responses, so I guess you need a life too!


@Cisco....hmmm, really?? Because your initial comment wasn't stirring the pot right? Making your own assumptions, accusing my intentions with your own rhetoric...."pointing out the obvious...truth is truth". Try following your own judgmental advice! My judgment on the Florida situation never once claimed that I had all the facts. One may only be able to come to a semi-conclusion based on what we've learned thus far. Isn't that why we're all reading this article to begin with? No one will ever know ALL the facts. My kin


@Faith My, my, my and you perceive yourself as the "Herald of Peace"?!? Ha! Come, come.... I think you're more into stirring the pot, hun! You have made outlandish assumptions about me whom you know diddly squat about! One thing is obvious here. Below you're supposed peace-loving exterior is a simmering volcano ready to falsely accuse the intentions of others and to blindly lash out at a total stranger to ease your deep-seated rage. I suppose for your kind of folk it's easy to pass judgment about a Florida situation of which you obviously don't have access to all the relevant facts--- like so many others on this site. May I suggest YOU get hobby...and with that? A LIFE!


Cisco Mills, so sorry that we're boring you with things such as wanting PEACE. That's what's wrong with this picture. Too many people who thrive on tragedies and are bored with peace. Reminds me of the Hunger Games. You'd be the prime citizen that would pay top dollar to watch someone get slaughtered. Watch your words for they become your actions for they become your character. It may be too late for you though! Find a hobby or learn how to open up your heart!!

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