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George Zimmerman files lawsuit against NBC for edited audiotape

Good for him. It would be a public service if NBC went bankrupt.

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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.

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.”

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Scruffy
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Good for him.


el duderino III
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he's about to be extremely wealthy. no way they risk the publicity of a trial.


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Zahrim
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Good for him.


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ironsides
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This is going to be awesome - heads will roll at NBC and they will pay for their propagandist sins.


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Sweet. Hope he gets all he can from em.


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Progress
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re: George Zimmerman files lawsuit against NBC for edited audiotape
Michael Moore perfected this art. Mainstream media took it and ran with it.


CajunAngele
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It was disgusting watching liberals paint this man as a racist in the media and online.

I am glad the truth is coming out.


Willie Stroker
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Michael Moore perfected this art. Mainstream media took it and ran with it.


Good point. He also perfected the art of having lawyers sift through his edited propaganda to advise on avoiding lawsuits. Techniques such as narrating over a video speech while splicing in a separate video to talk over before resuming the desired spliced speech is pure artistry. Creates the perceptual illusion of continuity while giving the editor a plausible explanation that he signaled discontinuity.

I continue to be surprised that Moore hasn't been hired to do a nightly "news" hour on MSNBC.


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Jbird
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re: George Zimmerman files lawsuit against NBC for edited audiotape
Well as the only white hispanic in America you would tihnk he would have protected status anyway. The attempt to make it a race issue was disgusting. When you need to crank up white hispanic racist and doctor photos maybe you are trying too hard.


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Agree


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jamboybarry
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re: George Zimmerman files lawsuit against NBC for edited audiotape
Were the black panthers ever prosecuted for their death threats against Zimmerman? I remember seeing video of a bunch of those rejects calling for him dead or alive and Michelle Williams calling for him to be killed on television?

I'm sure the Holder DOJ is all over this


Jbird
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Yeah he is the man isn't he?


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With Zimmerman's luck, he'll probably win the lawsuit against NBC. Then the judge of the murder trial will give him the option of bail, but raise it to a ridiculous amount because of his new found income.


carbola
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re: George Zimmerman files lawsuit against NBC for edited audiotape
Can George Zimmerman prevail against NBC?


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For the purposes of a libel case, then, Zimmerman should have little trouble proving that NBC News broadcast false and defamatory material about him. The stiff legal challenge for Zimmerman & Co. lies in another phase of the proceedings, and that is proving damages from NBC’s treatment.

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? Cable news appeared to talk about nothing but. Newspapers had their reporters covering every step of the police investigation/quasi investigation, and their opinion writers opining on the case’s lessons for race and criminal justice in America. There was only one way to escape it all: a cabin.

James Beasley, Zimmerman’s attorney in the case, faces the steep legal challenge of proving that the misdeeds of NBC News alone made enough of an impression on the public to harm Zimmerman. In an interview this afternoon, Beasley invoked the media mushroom on the case as a data point in his client’s favor. “That’s exactly the point,” said Beasley when asked about the scrum. “This is out there and instead of [NBC] saying, ‘Let’s talk about what really happened,’ they’re taking something that’s running at one plus one and just started multiplying it.” In other words, a media force as large as NBC had an opportunity to calm the racial excesses of reportage on Zimmerman; it went in the other direction.

More from Beasley: “NBC just exponentially expanded, this has caused a lot of problems for George. He can’t go out on the street — he’ll get his arse kicked….No other journalistic entity came even close to how journalistically irresponsible and reckless NBC was.”


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lsuprof
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This is very appropriate. By doctoring the 911 tape NBC created a maliciously false impression.

This appears to be endemic at NBC. Does anyone recall Andrea Mitchell's doctoring of one of Mitt Romney's campaign speeches during the primaries to make it appear that he was so out of touch that he didn't know that consumers could swipe their credit cards at grocery stores? She even referred to it as Romney's "George Bush moment," referring to the time when George HW Bush appeared out of touch because he did not to know about grocery line scanners.


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RCDfan1950
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Can he sue "if I had a son he'd look like Travon"-Obama too? Serious flaming there.

He's gonna need a ton of money to stay out of the Black Panther's sights.


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Good for him


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It was disgusting watching liberals paint this man as a racist in the media and online.

I am glad the truth is coming out.





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Roaad
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Irrespective of your feelings or stance on his crime. . .when he wins this lawsuit, everyone wins.


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