Friday, March 30, 2012

NBC News & MSNBC Get Caught Using Edited 
Audio Tape,Transcript To Sell Narrative 
'Zimmerman Is A Racist'

After a rough week in which it was revealed the neighborhood watch captain that ended up shooting TrayVon Martin was

1. Hispanic
2. a Democrat
3. Has black friends and family members
4. Spends his weekends mentoring black kids

it looks like the usual suspects in the Old Media decided to help out the Narrative 'Zimmerman Is A Racist'  It would have been very, very oh so much more 'helpful' if Zimmerman had turned out to be the 'white man' he was initially portrayed as being in early news reports once the story went national. 

Because we all know how the Old Media is ever wanting to find that Right-Wing White Male doing something racist.  It helps them sell the viewpoint that America is an inherently racist society and that the racism runs so deep it's endemic and systemic. 

Zimmerman MUST be a racist. He has GOT to be a racist.  It is IMPERATIVE that he be a racist.  Because this is what they have been selling for 2 weeks now.  They can't let it go.

So they are starting to resort to outright deception.

First, MSNBC put up a supposedly accurate transcript of Zimmerman's 911 call:

Here's what MSNBC first put up on their website:

Blogger Dan Riehl quickly realized what MSNBC had done, and put up his post pointing out what the real 911 transcript actually says: 

After it got out all over the internet that they were caught, without any explanation, MSNBC changed their objective, neutral news story to read this way: 

That would be bad enough.  However, on Tuesday morning of this week, it turns out NBC News aired an audio tape of the 911 call Zimmerman made - but that audio tape had been edited to EXACTLY MATCH the edited transcript that MSNBC originally put up.  Sean Hannity and Brent Bozell discussed this on The Hannity Show on Thursday night: 

NBC News is being excoriated in some circles – with competitor Fox News Channel leading the charge – for selectively editing audio of the 911 call placed by George Zimmerman just before he killed Trayvon Martin. 
The NBC segment in question featured anchor Ron Allen and ran on the Todayshow on Tuesday. On Thursday, Sean Hannity and guest Brent Bozell played the NBC version of the 911 call and compared it with the unedited version. 
In the NBC segment, Zimmerman says: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” 
The full version, though, unfolds 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.” 
911 operator: “Okay. And this guy, is he white black or Hispanic?”Zimmerman: “He looks black.” 
After playing both versions, Hannity said: “They forgot the dispatcher’s question! How could NBC, in good conscience, do that?” 
“This isn’t bias, this isn’t distortion, this is an all-out falsehood by NBC News,” answers Bozell, who runs a conservative watchdog group called the Media Research Center. 
“When you hear him say, ‘he looks black,’ anyone watching that believes that there are racial overtones to what this man did,” Bozell says. “How could you not believe that? It goes with the narrative of the profiling. The only problem is, they edited out the dispatcher asking him, ‘what does he look like?’” 
NBC News declined to comment.

No kidding they declined to comment. What could they say?  

One time with a transcript you can call that an accident - 'oh hey, how did that happen! Oops!'  Twice?  With an audio tape that exactly matches the edited transcript? Good look selling that as a glitch.  

This is TWICE in one week NBC News has been caught distorting facts about a major news story without owning up to what they were doing.  While passions are being deliberately inflamed - often with misinformation and distortion by hucksters such as Al Sharpton - here is what purports to be an objective news media organization engaging in the same kind of behavior, deliberately distorting their 'news coverage' to sell a false narrative.

UPDATE: NBC News will now investigate itself to discover exactly how this journalistic malpractice occurred.  


  1. I think that was O'Reilly not Hannity.

  2. Rod, O'Reilly may have mentioned it, but if you follow the Hollywood Reporter link, you will see the video at the end of the page where Hannity and Bozell play the edited NBC News version and then the unedited version of the 911 call.

    1. Does the fact that I confused two white guys make me racist? Damn...

  3. The MSM is implacable and relentless in selling us fear, divisiveness and ginning up hatred, since they will never stop we should commit ourselves to NEVER STOP scrutinizing their tactics....until every single low down, lying, deceitful dirty trick
    has been exposed and they are left out in the cold with no room to wiggle, maneuver or sleaze their way back into our lives....out in the cold limbo of our contempt and disdain.
    Right where they belong.