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What took so long? Wish I was on THAT Jury

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppa...z28KfFgAr1

George Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape

By Noel Sheppard | October 04, 2012 | 08:20

In March, NewsBusters broke the story about NBC's Today show airing an edited audiotape of George Zimmerman's 911 call the day he shot Trayvon Martin in Florida.

On Thursday, the New York Post reported Zimmerman is suing the Peacock Network.

According to the Post, the complaint will be filed against NBC News President Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen who was the Today reporter involved in the March 27 broadcast.

A source told the Post, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.”

As NewsBusters noted at the time, Today played an audiotape with Zimmerman saying on a 911 call, "This guy looks like he’s up to no good...he looks black."

But this was the fuller text of the call:

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 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?

ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

NBC deceptively removed the question from the 911 dispatcher to make it appear Zimmerman was racist, a mistake the network ended up apologizing for.
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#2
Good I hope he gets a good settlement.
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#3
I hope they have to rename their station NBZ.
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#4
I'm glad to see him doing this. This guy has really gotten the shaft from the media, the government, and the public. Nice to see him getting jabs in and hopefully someday get his life back together.
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#5
I am all for free speech and the 1A. The right to say what we want allows us to stand up for our 2A rights.

That being said, hate speech is not protected under the 1A. The news should have reasonably known that public outrage against Zimmerman and the white community would have arisen directly because of how they intentionally (and I would say maliciously) edited the tapes.

I hope Zimmerman gets to retire right after the lawsuit!

As an aside, I tried searching but my google-fu is lacking. Does anyone know if Zimmerman was found guilty or not-guilty?
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rmagill;18812 Wrote:I am all for free speech and the 1A. The right to say what we want allows us to stand up for our 2A rights.

That being said, hate speech is not protected under the 1A. The news should have reasonably known that public outrage against Zimmerman and the white community would have arisen directly because of how they intentionally (and I would say maliciously) edited the tapes.

I hope Zimmerman gets to retire right after the lawsuit!

As an aside, I tried searching but my google-fu is lacking. Does anyone know if Zimmerman was found guilty or not-guilty?

Neither, he hasnt even gone to trial yet and probably wont until sometime next year
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son of the revolution;18831 Wrote:
rmagill;18812 Wrote:I am all for free speech and the 1A. The right to say what we want allows us to stand up for our 2A rights.

That being said, hate speech is not protected under the 1A. The news should have reasonably known that public outrage against Zimmerman and the white community would have arisen directly because of how they intentionally (and I would say maliciously) edited the tapes.

I hope Zimmerman gets to retire right after the lawsuit!

As an aside, I tried searching but my google-fu is lacking. Does anyone know if Zimmerman was found guilty or not-guilty?

Neither, he hasnt even gone to trial yet and probably wont until sometime next year

Well, that would explain why I couldn't find anything about it. Tongue Thanks for the update.
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#8
He SHOULD own the place.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-w...n-reports/

Lawyers for George Zimmerman filed suit today against NBC Universal Media over a well-publicized editing error that portrayed their client in racist terms in his pursuit of Trayvon Martin on a drizzly evening in February.

“NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so to set about the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain,” states the civil complaint in its opening salvo against NBC.

(Also at The Washington Post: Can Zimmerman prevail against NBC?)

NBC’s editing of the 911 audiotape in the Martin case became a public fixation after the media-monitoring Web site NewsBusters.org noted editing oddities on a “Today” show broadcast March 27. Here’s how NBC News portrayed the audiotape:

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

The full tape went 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.

Zimmerman thus didn’t volunteer a racial profile of Martin; he was asked to provide it, a point that the lawsuit makes in colorful fashion: “NBC created this false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmerman’s own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create illusions of statements that Zimmerman never actually made.”

The suit against NBC alleges four other instances in which NBC-produced shows aired false and defamatory versions of the same events. Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge in the case.

The botched edits, charges the suit, were far from innocent mistakes: “Defendants pounced on the Zimmerman/Martin matter because they knew this tragedy could be, with proper sensationalizing and manipulation, a racial powderkeg that would result in months, if not years, of topics for their failing news programs, particularly the plummeting ratings for their ailing “Today Show” as well as for the individual defendants to “make their mark” for reporting a [manipulated] story such as this.” Individual defendants are Lilia Luciano and Jeff Burnside, NBC employees involved in early cases of Zimmerman mis-editing.

Following a public uproar over the tape-doctoring, NBC News issued a statement on the matter saying this: “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.”

Such contrition didn’t impress the Zimmerman camp. “Only after the defendants’ malicious acts were uncovered and exposed by other media outlets … did defendant NBC ‘apologize’ and terminate some of those in its employ responsible for the yellow journalism identified in this Complaint.” Zimmerman himself never received an apology from the defendants, according to the suit.

The suit doesn’t specify a dollar amount of damages that Zimmerman is seeking. “That’s showmanship,” says James Beasley, the Philadelphia-based lawyer representing Zimmerman in the suit.

Beasley declined to comment on whether he’d already had any discussions with NBC. “I don’t want to talk about that. I can’t talk about that. But let’s just say I don’t think it’s going to get settled.”

On that question, at least, Beasley and NBC appear to agree. When asked about the complaint, NBC Universal issued this statement: “We strongly disagree with the accusations made in the complaint. There was no intent to portray Mr. Zimmerman unfairly. We intend to vigorously defend our position in court.”
"In 4 more OMao years you won't like how America looks....I guarantee it."
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -- Thomas Jefferson
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#9
I hope he cleans those scum bags out for millions.
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Valorius;49863 Wrote:I hope he cleans those scum bags out for millions.

Amen
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