Remember the blatant case of journalistic malpractice exercised earlier this year regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting? The one in which an Hispanic neighborhood watch captain was magically transformed into a White-Hispanic racist thug who hates black children?
For those needing a refresher course on racism and media bias, here was a prime example over at NBC…
In this particular case, NBC had obtained audio of the 911 call made by George Zimmerman the night of the shooting, and doctored it in a manner that would leave the viewer with no other option than to conclude that Trayvon Martin had been targeted because he was black. The original dialogue in the call read:
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.
NBC’s edited version read:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good…He looks black.
The audio had not only been edited aurally, but had successfully edited the viewpoints of those who had heard, tainting public perception of the case. After being exposed by Fox News and media watchdog NewsBusters, NBC launched an official investigation into the incident, which eventually led to the dismissal of two reporters and a producer.
Now it appears, George Zimmerman is fighting back.
George Zimmerman is suing NBC, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist.
The former neighborhood watch volunteer filed the lawsuit seeking an undisclosed amount of money on Thursday in Seminole County, outside Orlando.
The lawsuit claims NBC edited his phone call to a dispatcher last February. Zimmerman describes following Martin in the gated community where he lived, just moments before he fatally shot the 17-year-old teen during a confrontation.
NBC spokeswoman Kathy Kelly-Brown didn’t immediately return a phone call. Three employees of NBC or an NBC-owned television station lost their jobs because of the changes.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder but has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.
Media bias is now officially on trial.