NBC’s Results of Edited Zimmerman 911 Call Investigation: We’re Kinda Sorry But F-Off, America!

NBC Today Show Results of Edited Zimmerman 911 Call Investigation - We’re Kinda Sorry But F-Off, AmericaDeborah Brancheau | Restoring Truthiness
NBC has finally released the results of its internal investigation regarding their misleading and intentionally edited George Zimmerman 911 call on the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting that aired on the Today Show on March 27th.

In the original 911 recording, George Zimmerman is CLEARLY heard in a conversation with the 911 dispatcher:

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.”

Okay, Zimmerman is obviously explaining the situation to the dispatcher and in response to the question “Is this guy a color or an ethnicity” Zimmerman answers, “He looks like a color.”

Well, NBC decided they were pressed from time and couldn’t run the entire extra two seconds (literally, no joke) that it took the dispatcher to ask, “OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?”

Their segment only mentioned:

ZIMMERMAN: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black.”

The online version of the story also reiterated the same omission saying, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,’ Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car.”

Apparently, NBC had only a limited amount of space on the Internets to write down exactly what was said in the exchange. Good thing our tiny little operation here has a lot more space than an a gargantuan organization like NBC.

In an email sent to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC News claimed, “During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.”

Translation: Yeah, yeah, the editing machine thingy somehow cut out what the dispatcher said, yeah, and yeah, we’re not going to use editing machines in the future!

In reality, according to THR, “When asked if anyone at Today had lost their job or had been reassigned as a result of the investigation, an NBC spokeswoman said: ‘We will not be commenting on our course of action.’”

Damn, don’t ask those mofos what newspapers they read! They are not answering to anyone!

God! I hate it when Hannity’s right!


About Deborah Brancheau

Deborah Brancheau is the Managing Editor of RestoringTruthiness.org, a political comedy website inspired by the political satire of Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Deborah's background is a smörgåsbord of experience. With a bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Theatre and a Minor in Cinema/Television, and a Master's Degree in Communication from the University of Southern California, Deborah took her heavily student-loan-funded education and became a sports-writing, high-school-teaching, graphic-designing, university-professing, broke-bum bastard. When that didn't work out too well, she refunneled her expertise into this new venture, RestoringTruthiness.org.