NBC to do ‘Internal Investigation’ on its Ham-Handed, Selectively Edited Zimmerman Segment

Via Erik Wemple in WaPo Opinions --Not sure why this story is relegated to an opinion page blog.  It’s a legitimate news story about MSNBC’s near-slanderous hatchet job on Zimmerman.

NBC told this blog today that it would investigate its handling of a piece on the “Today” show that ham-handedly abridged the conversation between George Zimmerman and a dispatcher in the moments before the death of Trayvon Martin. A statement from NBC:

“We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story.”

Great news right there. As exposed by Fox News and media watchdog site NewsBusters, the “Today” segment took this approach to a key part of the dispatcher call:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

Here’s how the actual conversation went down:

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.

Bozell appearing on Hannity, last week to discuss MSNBC’s selective editing, said what they did was  worse than just distorting the news – it was advancing “an all-out falsehood”..

I wonder if the person responsible for the Zimmerman selective editing is the same miscreant who selectively edited the famous gun-toting tea party members story back in August of 2009.
On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer fretted over health care reform protesters legally carrying guns: “A man at a pro-health care reform rally…wore a semiautomatic assault rifle on his shoulder and a pistol on his hip….there are questions about whether this has racial overtones….white people showing up with guns.” Brewer failed to mention the man she described was black.
And they only showed him from the waste down in the clip.
It almost makes you think they have some kind of racialist agenda over there at NBC.
Hat tip: Charles B.

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4 Responses to “NBC to do ‘Internal Investigation’ on its Ham-Handed, Selectively Edited Zimmerman Segment”

  1. teej Says:

    Hi ya Deb – Got me one of those smart phones so I can drop in again. The site looks great. NBC, ABC, Obama, nothing new under the sun. Used to be Pravda, Stalin etc.

    Counter-revolutionaries who want to take us back down the road to serfdom.

    The true revolutionaries? Washington, Jefferson, Adams etc.

    Not. On. My. Watch.

  2. nicedeb Says:

    teej why do you need a smart phone to get on my site?

  3. teej Says:

    Hi again. Need phone cause no i-net at home and when IT switched to websense your site was blocked. Got my hand IT slapped twice that day while eating lunch. Your site and ace’s new comment thingy. Oh well. Glad you’re doing well lady.

  4. MSNBC’s Super Market Scanner Moment « Nice Deb Says:

    [...] now MSNBC has disgraced itself once again with an egregious editing job, and Andrea Mitchell has egg all over her face. My only question is whether MSNBC did this on their [...]


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