NBC alters meaning of audio track in Martin case


NBC alters meaning of audio track in Martin case

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02 Apr 2012, 05:13 #1

Anybody else get wind of this? NBC's report on the Trayvon Martin case was just blatantly biased and they haven't gotten called out nearly enough for it. Basically, NBC played a cut version of the audio tape that so distorted the meaning of Zimmerman's 911 call that it couldn't have possibly just been an attempt to fit into allotted time by cutting out extraneous stuff.

Here's what actually happened:
Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he’s up to no good, like he’s on drugs or something. . . ."
911 operator: "Okay. And this guy, is he white black or Hispanic?" Zimmerman: "Uh, he looks black."

Here's what NBC played:
Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black."

Look, I'm not taking sides in this case, there's hardly anybody on planet who truly knows for sure what exactly happened and if Zimmerman was justified in pulling his gun or not, and I hope investigators can get to the bottom of it, and hope people understand how our justice system works and that there's good reason we have "innocent until PROVEN guilty" and not "guilty if there's a 51% chance or more that he's guilty", but all this is beside the point. This goes beyond "regular" media bias in my opinion, this was flat-out fraudulent report and as much as I'm normally against government regulation/intervention, there should be some sort of repercussion for intentional deception, lies, or falsifications in news reports (ala Dan Rather pulling out potentially fake documents).
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02 Apr 2012, 13:57 #2

I agree with everything you said. This whole situation is sad all the way around. Sad that a kid was killed, and sad that the media pounced on the story to use people's emotions in order to get a "good story." The fact is - WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. I'm not saying Zimmerman is innocent - I'm just saying that the media picked the portrayal that would generate the most buzz and ran with that. It's despicable. And I agree - NBC needs to get called out. There should be consequences for intentional skewing of the facts.
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02 Apr 2012, 15:34 #3

My other favorite in this case is how the media keeps playing up the angle of this being a white on black crime. It keeps getting (conveniently) left out that Zimmerman is actually Hispanic and White (and of course, since he has a white sounding last name, people can run with it).

We don't know what happened. I'm sure if we did, the escalation of the situation probably happened through fault on both sides. But the other funny thing I keep hearing is that people actually seem to think the person screaming for help on the 911 tape it Trayvon. But it's not.... only people in the kid's circle are saying that was him. Even the father on the 911 tape said it wasn't his kid... it was Zimmerman who was screaming for help at that point.


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02 Apr 2012, 16:34 #4

Another thing I hate about this situation is that people make it polarizing. Apparently there are only two ways to look at it: Either a sweet innocent child was walking home when a racist white man shot him for being black....or an up-to-no-good thug ran into an armed neighborhood watchman and a scuffle took place, resulting in a self defense shooting. Here's an idea - maybe they BOTH made mistakes. The truth is almost always somewhere in the middle. Trayvon isn't the little 14 year old angel like in the picture the media likes to use, and Zimmerman probably wasn't just out for a stroll when he got jumped.

Pretend gangsta thug + billy badass pretend cop who thinks his CHL is a badge = disaster. That's it. Leave it alone and stop playing the race card. That's just fuel to an unnecessary fire.
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02 Apr 2012, 17:31 #5

It keeps getting (conveniently) left out that Zimmerman is actually Hispanic and White (and of course, since he has a white sounding last name, people can run with it).
He keeps getting called "half-white". Which I guess is true, but it's also true of Barack Obama and he's not considered half-white (by Americans, he is by Africans).
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