Report: George Zimmerman to Sue NBC over Selectively Edited Audio

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George Zimmerman in the Seminole County courtroom during his bond hearing on June 29, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.

George Zimmerman, currently facing trial on charges of second degree murder for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, is reportedly planning to sue NBC for selectively editing an audio recording of his 911 call.

According to The New York Post‘s Page Six:

A source tells us, “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.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday that Zimmerman is “considering a defamation lawsuit.” His attorney, Mark O’Mara, issued a statement to the Florida newspaper saying that “Due in large part to NBC’s actions, George has had to live in hiding, in fear for his life.”

The Today show edit of the 911 call, which played on March 27th of this year, eventually led to the firing of employees, a correction and a public apology for the editing. NBC News also issued a correction for a online article that “initially truncated a transcription of George Zimmerman’s conversation with a police dispatcher.”

In late March, when the blog Newsbusters noted that the tape was edited, Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple compared the difference between the 911 transcript and the morning show’s version. As Wemple noted, the Today show version of Zimmerman’s words:

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

Actual transcript:

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.

After the difference was widely reported, NBC launched an investigation into the editing and admitted an “error in the production process that we deeply regret.” The New York Post noted that “at least three employees” were let go from the network after the investigation reached its conclusion.

MORE: New Evidence: No Trace of Trayvon Martin’s DNA on George Zimmerman’s Gun

11 comments
BobcatbobIngram
BobcatbobIngram

Mr Zimmerman, We the people need Your help.

 The news media giants all KNOWINGLY lied about you, then continued the lying by not exposing those biggest of the liars NBC and ABC. These lies were spread to increase their readership despite being triggers for racial hatred. We all have heard or read stories of mobs of blacks attacking whites shouting "justice for Tyrone".

 America needs accurate honest news reporting and You have an unique opportunity to help all Americans by suing NBC and ABC for the damage done to YOU and to all Americans through escalating racial tensions.Even here in Sacramento, 1 day after the 'story' headlines, Young Blacks distributed petitions calling for Your swift punishment.....and who can blame them ? The 'available media' saw an opportunity to get readership and they went for it despite the damage it did to race relations. So please do what you can to help end this practice of lying by those we should be able to trust.

 Respectfully 

  BCB

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

Just like Duke LAcrosse and Twanna Brawley.......False narrative, false accusations, and real racism (among hateful black people).

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And the prosecutor lost his license to practice law in that case (and the prosecutor is a lying scum bag in this case, too).

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the media is doing a great job of stirring the racial pot (notice how few whites are threatening riots if they dont get the outcome they want - it is the blacks who are in the streets threateneing violence if they dont get the outcome they demand - they are the racist lynch mob that needs addressing by the BLIND federal government

Lisa Adkins
Lisa Adkins

Zimmerman is all about getting money. He don't care who he hurts to get it. He has to try and bleed money out of anyone he can. Has he offered Martin's family any on the funeral of their child. Oh wait ahhh NO. Just like the night he killed a young man for nothing shows Zimmerpunk only thinks about himself.

Valsopinion
Valsopinion

This loser tries to get more money for nothing than just about anyone else I can think of.  So saying that "he looks like he's on drugs or something" wasn't defamation of character to Trayvon Martin?  Maybe Trayvon's parents would like to sue Zimmerman for saying such things about their son before he KILLED him.  We can only hope.

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

I am still waiting for the negligent parents who left the poor little defenseless child all alone without food or drink for an entire weekend to be thrown in jail

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

this case is supposed to help the YOU OWE ME Party

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

To say Trayvon looked like he was on drugs when he was on drugs is not anything other than ACCURATE!  I notice how the actual toxicology reports have NOT been released yet (the prosecutor is as UNETHICAL as the news media), so we could easily find trayvon not only was on weed, but cough syrup that gave a PCP like high

Christopher Walker
Christopher Walker

He needs something to pay for his legal defense since the money has dried up.

Sage_Z
Sage_Z

Zimmerman:  "Shit, he's running."

911:  "Are you following him?"

Zimmerman. "Yes."

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

If the head is split, ACQUIT!

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Arrest the racists in this case (even if they are black).  We do know that racist cops tried to influence this case.  BLACK RACIST cops tried to influence this case and railroad an innocent man (they need to go to jail for tampering with evidence, lying, and tampering with witnesses)