George Zimmerman 911 Call Editing Leads to Lawsuit Against NBC

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George Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against NBC over the way the network edited and played a 911 call following the shooting of Trayvon Martin in February.

Zimmerman claims NBC made him look like a "hostile racist."

NBC launched an internal investigation over the Trayvon Martin 911 call after it aired the recording, which featured Zimmerman quotes outside of their original context.

The tape played on the air made it sound like Zimmerman immediately told police that Martin, who he says he shot in self-defense, was black, without being prompted.

In actuality, the full George Zimmerman 911 call reveals he only said Martin "looks black" when responding to a question from the dispatcher about Trayvon's race.

Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder, accuses NBC of creating a "false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism."

He cites the recording above as proof of this allegation.

NBC, his lawyer says, "manipulated Zimmerman's words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create the illusion of statements that he never actually made."

Whether a judge and/or jury agree remains to be seen.

Free on bail and using autograph sales to raise cash, the 28-year-old suing for unspecified damages, citing defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch coordinator for his gated community in Sanford, Florida, fatally shot the 17-year-old Martin on February 26.

He has claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

His supporters have long held that he is a victim of media bias in the case that became a sensational national obsession, and should be exonerated.


The media has to be taken down. They protect Obama, they protect blacks and the media is no longer telling the truth about anything. They protect Obama like he is a god and tried to convict Zimmerman before he was even tried. Walking him in shackles in the courtroom makes him guilty in appearance. 20 cops with guns and one 5 foot 10 guy in chains- disgraceful! If he's guilty- then let him be tried and found guilty! To convict ANYONE in the media is CRIMINAL! NBC IS TRASH. Twice the we're found guilty this year editing tapes.

Tibi heims

All of the US news reports are twisted to the view of the bias media. I hope this guy wins a huge settlement. Maybe the media will stop faking and lying.

@ Tibi Heims

He killed a young african american boy for walking home to his fathers house he did racial profiling. he didn't nesseceraly kill martin because he was black but because of black streotypes and what he thought martin was doing there he was being stupid


I hope he sues the shit out of the sorriest most corrupt so called news outlet in America. Any piece of shit network who would edit a 911 tape in order to sway a public outcry should have their god damn plug pulled and the only reason people are hanging this guy out is because the kid was black.

@ Sit on it and spin!

well they obviously didn't sway anyone because your still on Zimmers Side an so are other racist....

@ Martin Support

It's RACIST like YOU who can't come to grips with this case! You make it about Race and you miss the fact that journalist have an obligation to report the news as they receive it- NOT TO EDIT FOR THEIR LIKING! Still- you piss and moan because1 in 10 cross raced murders are white on black! The other 9- Black on White as you sit there silent when the shoe is on the other foot! Do you cry about black on white murders? I think not- because you always have an excuse! As people sit and do without under the Obama Administration- they are coming to terms with who the real racists are! It's people like you who are always crying wolf! Enjoy the last days of social blaming while they last! This is coming to an end.


He needs to get used to a prison cell.he's going to be there for a long time.....He was a wanna be n its not gonna happen !!! Do your time!

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