NBC's misleading 9-11 tape edit
Critics say the "Today" show attempted to incite racial anger when it cut crucial seconds from audio of a phone call placed by George Zimmerman just before he killed the teenager.The NBC segment in question featured anchor Ron Allen and ran on the Todayshow on Tuesday. On Thursday, Sean Hannity and guest Brent Bozell played the NBC version of the 911 call and compared it with the unedited version.NBC News is being excoriated in some circles – with competitor Fox News Channel leading the charge – for selectively editing audio of the 911 call placed by George Zimmerman just before he killed Trayvon Martin.In the NBC segment, Zimmerman says: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”The full version, though, unfolds 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.”911 operator: “Okay. And this guy, is he white black or Hispanic?”Zimmerman: “He looks black.”After playing both versions, Hannity said: “They forgot the dispatcher’s question! How could NBC, in good conscience, do that?”“This isn’t bias, this isn’t distortion, this is an all-out falsehood by NBC News,” answers Bozell, who runs a conservative watchdog group called the Media Research Center.
...NBC appears to be trying to pour gasoline onto a fire of racial division. This is grossly misleading to the point of fraud by omission. With the race hustlers already trying to turn this into a lynching instead of a search for justice, this is irresponsible at best.