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April 4, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

NBC has ignited a furor over what it admitted was “an error made in the production process” on its news programs last week, when a tape of a police dispatcher’s conversation with George Zimmerman, the accused killer of Trayvon Martin, was edited in such a way as to make it sound as if Zimmerman might have been motivated by racial malice. In the NBC edited tape, Zimmerman says, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” But a transcript of the actual tape reads like this: Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” Dispatcher: “OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?” Zimmerman: “He looks black.” The edited tape appeared to tamper with the facts in such a way as to lend credence to some conservative critics’ claims that the news media are attempting to convict Zimmerman before he is even charged with a crime. Eric Wemple, who presides over a media blog for the Washington Post, commented, “No matter how you feel about Zimmerman, that bit of tape editing was unfair to the truth and to Zimmerman’s reputation, such as it is.” Baltimore Sun TV columnist David Zurawik interrupted his vacation to write a stinging castigation of NBC News — not only for the doctored tape but also for the network’s decision to hire Sarah Palin to cohost the Today show. “Does anyone in charge at NBC News have any sense of journalistic standards?” he asked. “How about any sense of shame?” In its statement on Tuesday, NBC said, “We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.” It declined to respond to reporters’ questions about how the “error” occurred, who was responsible for it, and whether the accountable party will be punished or fired.

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  • bbmomof3

    Why does the lamestream media always have to bring Sarah Palin into every controversy?  It’s ridiculous!  There’s a tornado devastation in Texas!…Oh, Sarah Palin was the guest weather person five years ago, it must have been her fault!

  • Kimberly

    NBC shame on you again… I stopped veiwing your morning broadcast years ago after I innocently emailed your morning crew Mr. Mayer.. inparticular… regarding a here is where you can find cheap gas comment… his cheap gas was citgo… way… way… before most people knew who Hugo Chavez was… I emailed Macyer & said I was somewhat insulted on the cheap gas… as I would never spend money if I did not have to at Citho..  Mr. Mayers.. condensending response was less than amusing… he wrote back as if I was an un educated simpleton…  & replied… oh.. but dont you know that Citgo employs people  why dear you would not want them to be boycotted & have american jobs lost?  Yes.. actually I would rather them work for someone of substance not Chavez… but get this Mayer copied what he thought was a wonderful reply to me to his co worker Pam Giganti as if to thumbs up his smart ass comment to me a long time viewer… after that reply.. I never tuned in again to your news cast or any other shows on the network… I don’t make a habit of emailing any network… It was an effort of passion & the response from your staff was …  a lousy inconsiderate cough… screw you…  I hope with your efforts to mask the truth.. that you crumble… feel free to copy Mayer & Giganti on this..

  • Lew Irwin

    Unfortunately, most of the gasoline we consume originates from countries with human-rights records that are as bad as or worse than Venezuela’s. And currently the cheapest gasoline in America can be purchased at ARCO stations — owned by British Petroleum, once named the British-Iranian oil company, which to this day is partnered with Iran in enormous oil and gas enterprises worldwide. (The same BP responsible for the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.) The sad truth is that boycotting oil from such countries harms us more than them. Indeed Chavez would just as soon sell oil to China at fire-sale prices in return for billions of dollars in loans — as he has done. “We have been producing and exporting oil for more than 100 years but they have been years of dependence on the United States,” he has remarked. “Now we are free and we make our resources available to the great country of China.” And, of course, we no longer have much political leverage with China to persuade them to reduce their dealings with Chavez. After all, since Americans would now rather borrow money to pay for our wars rather than raise taxes to do so, we now owe China nearly $1.5 trillion.