(Image source: Orlando Sentinel)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR BRICE SANDER

 

George Zimmerman, the man charged in the shooting death of a Florida teen in February, is suing NBC for editing the audio of the 911 call he made moments before the shooting. Orlando’s WOFL has the details of the lawsuit.

 “He claims it was edited to make it seem like he was racist. The former neighborhood watch volunteer filed the lawsuit seeking an undisclosed amount of money.”
  
In the edited version of the tape, which aired in March, Zimmerman tells the 911 operator that Trayvon Martin “looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” Edited out, however, was the dispatcher asking whether the teen was “white, black or Hispanic.”

The lawsuit claims NBC edited the phone call to “make him sound racist” and accuses the network of “using the highest form of yellow journalism.”

The lawsuit reads,

“NBC News saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.”

Today the network fired back. Here’s NBC’s Brian Williams.

“The network put out a statement tonight. Quote ‘We strongly agree with the accusations made in the complaint but there is no intent to portray Mr. Zimmerman unfairly. We intend to vigorously defend our position in court.”

A writer for the Washington Post argues that for Zimmerman proving a libel case against NBC shouldn’t be difficult, but proving damage could be more of a challenge.

“Just why should that be so difficult? Because of media saturation. Think back to March: What news outlet — local, national, international — sat out the Trayvon Martin case?”

Two NBC network employees and one reporter at its Miami affiliate were fired over the tape. 

 

Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape

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Dec 6, 2012

Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape

 

(Image source: Orlando Sentinel)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR BRICE SANDER

 

George Zimmerman, the man charged in the shooting death of a Florida teen in February, is suing NBC for editing the audio of the 911 call he made moments before the shooting. Orlando’s WOFL has the details of the lawsuit.

 “He claims it was edited to make it seem like he was racist. The former neighborhood watch volunteer filed the lawsuit seeking an undisclosed amount of money.”
  
In the edited version of the tape, which aired in March, Zimmerman tells the 911 operator that Trayvon Martin “looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” Edited out, however, was the dispatcher asking whether the teen was “white, black or Hispanic.”

The lawsuit claims NBC edited the phone call to “make him sound racist” and accuses the network of “using the highest form of yellow journalism.”

The lawsuit reads,

“NBC News saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.”

Today the network fired back. Here’s NBC’s Brian Williams.

“The network put out a statement tonight. Quote ‘We strongly agree with the accusations made in the complaint but there is no intent to portray Mr. Zimmerman unfairly. We intend to vigorously defend our position in court.”

A writer for the Washington Post argues that for Zimmerman proving a libel case against NBC shouldn’t be difficult, but proving damage could be more of a challenge.

“Just why should that be so difficult? Because of media saturation. Think back to March: What news outlet — local, national, international — sat out the Trayvon Martin case?”

Two NBC network employees and one reporter at its Miami affiliate were fired over the tape. 

 

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