Good! Take the race baiting bastards to the cleaners.
(Washington Post) –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.
â€œNBC 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,â€ states the civil complaint in its opening salvo against NBC.
NBCâ€™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 â€œTodayâ€ show broadcast March 27.
Hereâ€™s how NBC News portrayed the audiotape:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like heâ€™s up to no good. He looks black.
The full tape went like this:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like heâ€™s up to no good. Or heâ€™s on drugs or something. Itâ€™s raining and heâ€™s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy â€” is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
Zimmerman thus didnâ€™t volunteer a racial profile of Martin; he was asked to provide it, a point that the lawsuit makes in colorful fashion: â€œNBC created this false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmermanâ€™s own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create illusions of statements that Zimmerman never actually made.â€
The suit against NBC alleges four other instances in which NBC-produced shows aired false and defamatory versions of the same events.
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