Zimmerman Sues NBC Over 911 Tape Edits
Recording made him look 'racist,' 'predatory': suit
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2012 3:03 AM CST
Updated Dec 7, 2012 4:16 AM CST
In this Oct. 19, 2012 file photo, George Zimmerman watches during his hearing at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Fla.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Stephen M. Dowell, Pool, File)

(Newser) – As expected, George Zimmerman is suing NBCUniversal for defamation over its edits to a 911 recording that emerged after Trayvon Martin was killed. The edits make Zimmerman look like a "racist, predatory villain," according to the suit. The edited recording, which the suit says intentionally caused emotional distress, aired three times on the Today show. NBC says it had "no intent to portray Mr. Zimmerman unfairly" and will fight the case.

The tape aired on the show featured Zimmerman's voice saying, "This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. He looks black." In the unedited tape, Zimmerman follows "he's on drugs or something" with, "It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about." When the operator asks, "Is he white, black, or Hispanic?" Zimmerman replies, "He looks black." An investigation at NBC found it wasn't trying to skew the story, and called the edits simply an error, the New York Times notes.

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Dec 10, 2012 4:27 PM CST
Yea, sure, UN-intentionally NBC left off what they knew existed, and that is the operator asking, "Is he white, black, or Hispanic?" Zimmerman replies, "He looks black." Do you get that? Zimmerman, in response to (is it required by an operator to ask, in order to better deal with a possible situation in order to properly deal with it, the "is" question? Is this not requiring racism?), answers what seems to be the best he can that is NOT racist but with ....LOOKS! He did not say IS as asked! This, to me, defines him as NOT intending to be racist! The person he saw had a hood, and it was raining, and the situation was apparently tense. I applaud him for not following the racist loaded question of the operator with instead an observation based on the situation. But, an investigation of NBC found they were not trying to skew the story? Oh, really? They call themselves those able to "analyze" and report the truth accurately, and called the edits simply an error? HUGE error, which shows they are unable to do what they say, at best. Their "error" painted Zimmerman, whether he is guilty or not, as a racist, while it was the operator ho asked him to make a race determination! But Zimmerman gave an appearance determination, not a racist determination! This speaks VOLUMES! I think NBC needs to pay out BILLIONS! Maybe then it would stop them, and others who do the same, from making things look racist when they were not, when they themselves play the racist card by their probable excuse of editing out, for the sake of the time slot, probnably the most critical part of the exchange! Oh, wait! Silly me! NBC is "equality" oriented. Yea, sure! So, I have to ask, was NBC doing this to keep racism on the radar to keep their ratings up and pay their salaries? Is a lot of what is done in the mainstream media concerning things not just of a racial nature done to do this? This says a lot, and what is clearly the answer made me decide NBC cares more about themselves, their ratings, their salaries, rather than the truth. But, I forgot. Those NBC represents really care about equality. Silly me. I am wrong. Sigh.
Dec 7, 2012 6:22 PM CST
The 6 foot tall, 17 year old Trayvon Martin was wandering around the complex, wearing a black hoodie disguising his appearance, without appearing to have any business there. The Hispanic George Zimmerman, as a Neighborhood Watch member, was on duty, cognizant of several crimes having been committed there recently. He legally carried a gun under Florida law. Yes, Mr. Z followed Trayvon, trying to determine the purpose of his visit to the community due to those recent crimes. He did not confront Trayvon. Upon returning to his car, Mr. Z was confronted by Trayvon, and Trayvon lashed out and attacked him, as proven by his broken nose, lacerations, and grass stains on his clotihng. Trayvon attempted to grab Mr. Z's gun, but was denied that attempt. Mr. Z, fighting for his very life, shot his attacker, Trayvon Martin, to save his own life. NBC, in an attempt to villify Mr. Z, made him appear to be a racist in his statements and his actions in its editing of the audio.of the 9-1-1 call. This was a deliberate act to sensationalize the news and to convict Mr. Z in the media of the homicide in whic Mr. Z was only trying to save his own life while being viciously attacked. NBC intentionally manipulated the news without acting as responsible journalists by using the edited audio and without confirming the true facts of the case. NBC should be held responsible for its malicious "news" reporting. NBC should not have used that fraudulently edited recording.
Dec 7, 2012 2:39 PM CST
i would like to sue the people who are keeping mr.z alive!