Wednesday, April 04, 2012

NBC: No Apology to George Zimmerman

There is little question that people are going to die because of the violence exhorted by the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, aided and abetted by ABC, NBC and the NY Times, who yesterday called the unfortunate death of Trayvon Martin, murder. It will almost certainly be innocent white people who are killed because African-Americans are nearly 3.7 times more likely to kill a white than a white to kill a black, and because it is mainly African-Americans who are being driven by this anti-Zimmerman madness before all the facts are known.

The reason they, the mainstream media, are doing this is simple: it fits their left-wing belief in gun control, regardless of the facts that states that issue permits-to-carry always experience reduced violent crime rates, and permit holders are far less likely to engage in gun incidents than the general population. Like so many other issues in life, liberal beliefs are based on feel-good, faith based responses, rather than on actual data. Liberals are hoping to use this case to rev up anti-gun-permit sentiment. It may end up having just the opposite effect.

NBC: No Apology to George Zimmerman

April 4, 2012

In September 2004, shortly before the November presidential elections pitting George W. Bush against John Kerry, CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Dan Rather presented a falsified document to the public that purported to show that Bush had gone AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard. As it turned out, the papers were forgeries. Rather retired under heavy pressure.

This month, NBC News broadcast a heavily edited tape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case. The tape itself was fully available. And NBC News, as we’ve reported, cut the relevant portion of the tape deliberately in order to make Zimmerman look like a racist. Here’s the transcript of the original recording:

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.

Here’s the transcript of the edited recording:

ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black.

The point is obvious. The unedited version shows Zimmerman offering the race of the suspect only when prompted, and doing so hesitantly. The edited version shows Zimmerman eagerly linking somebody being “up to no good” and somebody being “black.” The edited tape was broadcast on “Today” on March 27. NBC’s Ron Allen was the reporter on the scene – and, not coincidentally, he remained the reporter for NBC Nightly News as well. Matt Lauer was part of the report. So was Rachel Maddow. The entire staff was associated with this doctored recording.

Now NBC News has released an apology for the edited video:

During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.

The network did not, however, apologize to George Zimmerman. And this certainly is not an “error” in the production process. A very specific set of words was cut. It was not random. And it was not a mistake

So the question becomes: whose head should roll?

The answer is obvious: Brian Williams.

Williams has been, since 2004, the managing editor of NBC News. And this was no mistake. It was a purposeful attempt to drive the narrative against Zimmerman. It is Williams’ job to see that the facts are reported rather than skewed. And the buck stops with him.

This is no isolated incident for Williams. He’s an ardent leftist who began his career by interning for Jimmy Carter. When Williams moderated a Republican debate in September 2011, he asked Rick Perry how he could sleep at night while implementing the death penalty as governor of Texas. After September 11, he implied that America’s “military swagger” provided the impetus for the attacks. He compared the bombing of Iraq to the U.S. military bombing of Japan in its indiscriminateness.

Williams once explained, “[NBC News has an] inordinate number of editors. Every word I write, before it goes on air, goes through all kinds of traps and filters, and it’s read by all kind of different people who point out bias.” He’s at the top of that food chain. And it’s his news department that helped ratchet up the Trayvon Martin story to the point of violence.

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At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

There is no doubt about it. Brian Williams should be fired for doctoring the Zimmerman 9/11 call.
This was no mistake by NBC. It was intentional. NBC ignored the gun walking incident because it didn't fit their anti-gun agenda and now they have doctored up this Martin/Zimmerman incident purely for political reasons.
Barack Obama mentioned this incident for the very same reasons by saying, "if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon." What a crock of crap! Of course the kid would look like him. The kid is black. He wouldn't look like Lou Dobbs! The big question is, did this kid have a troubled past and was he always getting in trouble with the law? I'm not implying that this boy got what he deserved but I am saying that this case is being investigated by the Fl. AG. Let them conduct their investigation first. People like Jesse Jackass, Al Sharpton and a few others need to stop throwing gasoline on a volatile situation that can get out of hand and cause more people to get hurt.
Obama need to use unfortunate incidents like this to his advantage because he has no record to run on. The only thing he can do is take pot shots at Republicans and continue to further divide this country with race bating rhetoric.

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right that this is an egregious example of deliberately misleading editing. It is on a par with what Andrew Breitbart did to Shirley Sherrod. Journalists on both the left and the right should be ashamed to be implicated in this kind of propaganda. Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite must be spinning in their graves.


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