This week, the Media Research Center uncovered a stunning ethical breach in NBC News’ coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting. The often-played 9-1-1 call placed by George Zimmerman, the now-infamous neighborhood watch captain in his Sanford, FL community, was edited to fit the story that has framed this case.
In the edited call that aired on The Today Show, you hear that George Zimmerman might just be the racist so many want you to believe he is. However, when you hear what was actually said, you realize that he was merely answering a question put to him by the police officer on the other end of the line. One quick edit, a few seconds, but so much of what’s been presumed about Zimmerman turns on those expurgated words.