Why did MSNBC deliberately alter Zimmerman's 9-1-1 call?
Mr. Zimmerman is undoubtedly trying to find a way to live a normal life in the future, but the liberal media have fanned the flames of indignation by encouraging protest and preconceived judgement, along with Sharpton, Jackson, Lee and others in entertainment and political leadership. This is not only unethical; it is absolutely dangerous to civil society. Does the liberal media care?! Apparently, not. They don't care how many people are hurt - not good, honest people or those who are incited to do reprehensible things due to erroneous "news" meant to stir up trouble. It is shameful and criminal to knowingly shout "Fire" in a crowded establishment. Why wouldn't the liberal media's false reporting be equally shameful? Where does Mr. Zimmerman and his family go to get their good names restored? Court! Slander is still a crime, is it not?!
I'm not one for putting bumper stickers on my vehicle, but about now I'm tempted to put on the one which reads, "I Don't Believe the Liberal Media!" (Americans for Prosperity, I believe has this one for members.) Please read the following report on how Mr. Zimmerman was labeled a racist before commenting.
MSNBC's Convenient Ellipses Make Zimmerman Look Racist
by DAN RIEHL 4 days ago POST A COMMENT
In a published report bylined "msnbc.com (http://msnbc.com/) Staff and NBC News," a quote attributed to Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, appears to be
purposefully distorted by the left to read as though Zimmerman is a racist. A full reading of the transcript of the quoted 911 call suggests nothing of the kind. Here's what MSNBC staff and NBC News published (http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/21/10791755-neighb...
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good ... he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police
dispatcher from his car. His father has said that Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up
in a multiracial family, and is not racist.
The quote gives the impression Zimmer was somehow equating the fact that Martin was black with his looking suspicious, or "up to no good." Here is what MSNBC/NBC News left out thanks to a convenient ellipsis (http://www.lesjones.com/2012/03/27/msnbc-dowdifies-a-george-...
ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he's up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he's on
drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about.
911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]
ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
Not only did Zimmerman not equate Martin's skin color with his looking suspicious; he
didn't even initiate the comment. It was simply a response to the police dispatcher. What the full quote does seem to make certain is that at that period in time, Zimmerman wasn't even positive as to what race Martin was. He was speculating based upon what he could determine at night in the rain to answer the police dispatcher.
From the full quote, we don't know if race was even on Zimmerman's mind before the
dispatcher brought it up. There are often cases when it makes sense to shorten a quote with an ellipsis. This isn’t one of them.
The only intent of MSNBC's omission
appears to be to cast George Zimmerman in the harshest light possible as
regards issues of race. MSNBC and NBC should not be using editing
devices to lead people to a specific conclusion – a conclusion that
appears to be unrelated to the text they are citing.
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