NBC Apologizes For Abridging Broadcast of Zimmerman Call to 911


NBC has apologized for abridging its broadcast on the “Today” show of the Sanford, Fl., police dispatchers conversation with George Zimmerman in ther Trayvon Martin case, the Washington Post reports. The network called it “an error made in the production process that we deeply regret.” NBC had quoted Zimmerman as saying of Martin, “This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black.”

The conversation actually went this way: 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. The Post says that the tape editing “was unfair to the truth and to Zimmerman's reputation, such as it is.” Post blogger Erik Wemple notes that the NBC statement “is skimpy on the details on just how the mistake unfolded.”

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